Made the switch to Mac OS X but have lots of experience on Windows? Our MacBook Migrant series covers what you need to know to ease the transition. Here's the complete set in one place for easy reference.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
One of the biggest pet peeves for users who switch to Mac from Windows is the Delete key, because it feels backwards. To make matters worse, the vast majority of Mac users don't use the full-size keyboard (which has Delete keys for both directions). Here are a few quick shortcuts to set the matter straight for everyone, but especially for those MacBook users out there.
Mac OS X doesn't offer the ability to automatically maximise a window to fill the screen, which can be very frustrating if you prefer to work without distractions (and doubly so if you're on a notebook with a relatively small screen and have come from a Windows background). Free utility RightZoom solves that problem, changing the green window control from "expand to appropriate size" to maximising to the full width and height of the screen (less the Dock).
Our full-scale MacBook Migrant coverage starts tomorrow, but it seems appropriate to kick off before that with the two keyboard shortcuts that anyone moving from Windows will find essential and useful.
Superficially, Windows and Mac environments offer a similar graphical interface, but if you're an experienced Windows user, there's more to learn than just that the Control key is mostly now the Command key. Throughout this week, MacBook Migrant will look at the tips and strategies Windows users moving to Mac can use to make the shift easier.
Lifehacker's MacBook Migrant experiment has barely gotten started, but unfortunately it turns out the MacBook I'm using has a defective AirPort wireless card, which pretty much renders it useless for the purposes of the exercise. I'm hoping that Apple will arrange a replacement machine, but it's unlikely that will happen in time for the schedule next week.
Whenever I whinge about my PC experience, Lifehacker readers often suggest I should use a Mac instead. Next week, I'm going to give it a try and see just how easy it is to switch from one OS to the other by using a MacBook all week as my main machine.