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  • aleigh
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    Hi all

    I’ve taken the plunge and have converted to the world of Mac!

    Just wanted to know if anyone else had some minor issues such as safari shutting down when it feels like it and losing the wifi connection randomly?

    Also….is there a delete button or do you have to use the flaming back space thingy all the time?!! 😯

    As the weekend progresses I may have other questions so I hope you can help!

    PS – I have transferred my iTunes ok and that’s the main thing!

    sc-xc
    Member

    I’m a relatively new convert as well. Took me no time to get used to it, and now at work on Vista I find myself trying to Mac keyboard shortcuts.

    Not had any problems with Safari…but you’re right about the delete key!

    It doesn’t really matter if it’s a pain in the arse to use…it looks so good!

    deadlydarcy
    Member

    There’s a delete key just to the right of the enter key. It says “delete” on it…as a small hint πŸ™‚

    EDIT: It seems there’s a new keyboard 😳

    carbon337
    Member

    fn and backspace = delete

    sc-xc
    Member

    Not on my keyboard there’s not (DD)

    Cheers Carbon

    aleigh
    Member

    Well hopefully the safari thing is a one off!

    What shortcuts are there then? I have to say it’s really easy to use though! The only thing I’m disappointed about is the fact i can’t use my cam in messenger so have downloaded Skype for now. If you know of anything else that works please tell me!

    Oggles
    Member

    If you’ve got one of the mini keyboards, use Fn+Backspace to do a forward delete.
    Full size keyboards have the proper key πŸ™‚

    Do you get any error reports when Safari quits unexpectedly?

    carbon337
    Member

    alt and 3 = hash #

    alt+cmd+esc = force quit for failing applications (like ctrlaltdel on windows)

    If using safari dont use tesco direct – it will crash safari. I am actually having issues with my safari crashing when using heavy embedded flash. Trying Firefox to see if its better.

    bagpuss
    Member

    Curry’s deal everyone? Got one last week, liking it so far.

    Deadly – depends on which keyboard you’ve got, to the right of my enter key is… my leg.

    Cheers Carbon.

    Bah, I’m too slow even with a mac!

    aleigh
    Member

    I don’t have a delete key for sure (and thanks carbon, it works!!)

    deadlydarcy
    Member

    Is this not what you mean?

    Ah, ok I see…I just assumed everybody got the same keyboard as me (it just came in the iMac box)

    aleigh
    Member

    Oggles yes I do so I’ve sent them off

    Edit – I have the diddy keyboard πŸ˜‰

    carbon337
    Member

    presume you have one of the mini keyboards?

    Premier Icon geoffj
    Subscriber

    I prefer Firefox to Safari on my Macs (other browsers are available).

    aleigh
    Member

    i didn’t know you could have them – i presume you download as normal?

    carbon337
    Member

    Another handy one – when typing cmd + right/left arrow is like home and end on a windows keyboard.

    Cmd + up/down when typing highlights text. When not in a text window it takes you to top of a page or bottom of a page.

    Print Screen – # Hold down Apple key ? + Shift + 3 and release all
    # then use your mouse to click on the screen

    Print a portion of screen – # Hold down Apple key ? + Shift + 4 and release all key
    # Now, You will see the mouse cursor will change to + – drag around your capture.

    Also – dont take this the wrong way but Google is your friend here. a term like:

    mac keyboard delete into google will help you or mac print screen

    Oggles
    Member

    some keyboard shortcuts and functions, there are too may to list fully though :

    Cmd-Space Spotlight, which apart from searching, is a good app launcher, performs calculator functions etc

    Cmd-Shift-3 Screenshot (full)
    Cmd-Shift-4 Screenshot (defined area; or press space to select window)

    Cmd-Ctrl-D Dictionary definition when hovering over a word:

    Premier Icon geoffj
    Subscriber

    i didn’t know you could have them – i presume you download as normal?

    Yup – http://www.mozilla.com/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.6.13&os=osx&lang=en-US

    aleigh
    Member

    The top and bottom arrow is great and the other tip is good too – fanks!

    aleigh
    Member

    just another question, what happens to stuff when its downloaded? i seem to do it but then can’t find anything

    bagpuss
    Member

    Downloads are at the right hand side of the dock, by the bin.

    Have you tried the tutorials on the Apple Website? They’re pretty good.

    Premier Icon geoffj
    Subscriber

    It’ll be in your download folder – find it with spotlight.

    aleigh
    Member

    what if i deleted that by mistake?!!

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    Aleigh; you can use the webcam to take saucy pics of yourself, then email them to me! πŸ™‚

    It’s really easy too. Want me to show you how?

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    Premier Icon geoffj
    Subscriber

    Aleigh; you can use the webcam to take saucy pics of yourself, then email them to me!

    It’s really easy too. Want me to show you how?

    😯

    aleigh
    Member

    no its ok….I don’t use my cam for that!! x

    edit – found the folder!

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    Really? I do. Got me own website and everything.

    Go on; I won’t show them to anyone, promise.

    CountZero
    Member

    Elfin, you are a very bad boy. It’s the naughty corner for you. πŸ˜‰

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    πŸ˜€

    Only if Aleigh joins me….

    allthegear
    Member

    Aleigh – MS Messenger for Mac was recently updated and does now support the webcam – you can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=14b79079-f247-494a-a383-2f4ec1ba965c&displayLang=en

    I absolutely love my MacBook Pro. Changing between your old PC and your new Mac will take a while but it will be worth it.

    Oh – and Apple are to introduce an new App Store for the Mac on Jan 6th – just like there is on an iPhone. Will make purchasing and updating software really easy. (though I’m sure someone on here will be along to tell you that it represents pure evil or something…)

    Have fun!!

    Rachel

    Premier Icon kiwijohn
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    I recommend “Click to flash” for Safari. Disables flash unless you want to see it.
    Also install the “iStat pro” widget on the dashboard. Tells you a lot of useful stuff about how it’s running.
    I set a Hot Corner to show dashboard. Others to show desktop, all windows etc.

    IA
    Member

    Also install the “iStat pro” widget on the dashboard. Tells you a lot of useful stuff about how it’s running.

    I would suggest that someone struggling to work out how to delete text and being unable to find that out for themselves is unlikely to care about their CPU usage etc. etc. or act on that information at all!

    This google site might be handy:

    http://www.teachparentstech.org/

    (not just for parents, many handy how-tos.)

    Another handy tip – if you’re not sure how to do something or where the menu option might be for some task, go to help and type in the blue box. It’ll show you results for menu options and help topics that match what you’re trying to do.

    aleigh
    Member

    Thanks Rachel….knew I could count on a girl to tell me about MSN!

    Effin, I am now celibate….

    You guys have been great – I’m sure I’ll have more questions and hopefully you can help me but I will try and sort myself out of course!

    Oh one thing….how do I uninstall stuff?!! I’ve got a bit carried away 😯

    deadlydarcy
    Member

    I think uninstalling is as simple as deleting it from your applications folder. You can also “spotlight” and other folders and files with the application name and get rid too. What have you downloaded that you now hate then? πŸ˜‰

    There are discussion forums on the apple website with excellent technical help (but often not as fast an answer as here) πŸ™‚

    Have you tried Chrome on the mac as a browser? Works very well.

    Premier Icon Sandwich
    Subscriber

    Appcleaner is a free download that will trash all the preference files for an app as well as the app itself. Just drag the app to the Appcleaner window and it finds all the other stuff ready for deletion.
    Adium is an alternative to Messenger which does webcam chatting.

    deadlydarcy
    Member

    trash all the preference files for an app

    Ah, thank you very much sir. That’s what I was thinking of but couldn’t remember :mrgreen:

    CaptJon
    Member

    cmd + w …closes the frontmost window

    cmd + m …minimizes the frontmost window

    cmd + click link in safari will open the link in a new tab

    alt + click link in safari will open the link in a new tab but keep you on the current page

    niallmb
    Member

    ctrl+alt+CMD and 8 is a good shortcut, inverts all the colours. Useful for nothing except practical jokes.

    aleigh
    Member

    i’ve downloaded different forms of messenger….! skype is one i may get rid of now as well.

    the alt + click thing to open a tab isn’t working for me – or maybe it’s me?!

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    Skype is much betterer Aleigh. You can video chat with me, with Skype!!!! πŸ˜‰

    (Runs off to find best saucy undies..)

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