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Switch to Mac: Translating Windows to OS X

Congratulations! You've made the leap from a Windows PC to the Mac. Now that you're here, it's no surprise that you might be feeling a bit lost. We've assembled this chart to make it easy for you to find the feature you're looking for, whether it's your printer settings or audio controls.

If you used this in Windows...

...Look here in OS X

Shortcuts

Audio Controls

System Preferences > Sound

Use volume controls on your keyboard.

Backup and Restore Center (Windows 7), File History (Windows 8)

System Preferences > Time Machine

Control Panel (Windows 7), Settings Charm (Windows 8)

System Preferences

Select Apple menu > System Preferences or click on System Preferences in the Dock.

Documents

Home folder

Your Home folder (also known as your user folder) looks like a house.

File Explorer

Finder

Select Finder > New Finder Window to browse your files.

Flip 3D (Windows 7)

Mission Control

Press F3 on newer Macs; on older Macs, press F9 or fn-F9 on a laptop.

Gadgets and Sidebar (Windows 7)

Dashboard

Press F12.

Microsoft Word

Apple's iWork; Microsoft Office for Mac

Work apps available separately for $20 each; several varieties. Microsoft Office for Mac available, pricing from $10/month to $220.

Network and Sharing Center

System Preferences > Network

Access controls through the Wi-Fi status menu in your menu bar.

Notepad

Notes or TextEdit

Look in your /Applications folder.

Preview Pane

Quick Look

Select a file and then press the spacebar to activate Quick Look.

Printer settings

System Preferences > Print & Scan

Recycle Bin

Trash

Find the Trash in the Dock.

Search (Windows 7), Search Charm (Windows 8)

Spotlight

Press Command-Spacebar to jump to the Spotlight search field. Or, click on the magnifying glass at the top right of your screen.

Snipping Tool

Press Command-Shift-3 to take a picture of your whole screen; press Command-Shift-4 to capture an image of an area.

Start menu (Windows 7)

Apple menu, Launchpad

Find Launchpad in the Dock.

Start Screen (Windows 8)

Launchpad

Look in your /Applications folder or the Dock.

System Tray

Top right corner of menu bar (system and third-party icons)

Taskbar (Windows 7)

Dock

The Dock runs along the bottom of your screen.

Task Manager (Windows 8)

Activity Monitor

Find Activity Monitor in the /Applications/Utilities folder. If you just want to quit a stuck program, press Command-Option-Escape to force-quit it.

Windows Live Messenger

Messages

Look in your /Applications folder.


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