A Beginner’s Guide to the Mac

Are you new to the Mac? MacMost has more than 1,400 free tutorials that can help you get up to speed quickly. Here is a collection of videos hand-picked to help those who are using a Mac for the first time.

Getting Started

First, get a tour of the Mac keyboard. Then, learn about the many different ways to launch apps on your Mac. Your Mac also comes with a large collection of apps pre-installed which can handle most basic computer tasks. One of the key techniques you should know about right away is how to bring up context menus, and there are also a few other key things you should master.

  • A Tour of the Mac Keyboard
  • How to Launch Apps
  • Every Included Mac App In About 3 Minutes
  • How to Right Click On Your Mac
  • The 4 Mac Techniques You Need to Master

    Working With Files, Folders and Documents

    The Finder is the environment you use to view your files and folders. Learn a variety of techniques to help you manage your stuff, such as selecting multiple items and opening tabs in the Finder. But on a Mac you don’t need to return to the Finder to rename or move documents, you can do that while editing. You can also revert to earlier versions of documents.

  • 10 Finder Tricks
  • Selecting Multiple Items On a Mac
  • Using Tabs
  • Save, Rename and Move Files With the Title Bar
  • Understanding Document Versions

    Safety and Security

    No matter which computer or devices you use, you should always keep security in mind. On a Mac it is easy to set strong, unique password for each website and service you use. If someone else needs to use your Mac, they should have their own account you should only give them access to the Guest Account.
    As for malware, Apple has you covered with built-in anti-virus and a way to protect yourself against installing something that would harm your Mac. MacMost has a free course and eBook on Mac security.
    Another thing you should do is to set a lock screen message so that if you lose your Mac and someone finds it, they can get it back to you.

  • Using Strong Passwords With Safari
  • Using Guest User Accounts
  • How Gatekeeper Protects Your mac
  • Set a Lock Screen Message
  • The Practical Guide to Mac Security (Free Course)
  • The Practical Guide to Mac Security (Free Book)

    Using Safari

    The Mac’s default web browser is Safari. It is fast, energy-efficient and good with security and privacy. Learn how to go to sites and perform searches. When reading articles, use the reader view. If a tab in Safari has a video or sound playing, you can mute it. Learn other key Safari web-browsing techniques.

  • Understanding the Browser Address Bar
  • Using Safari Reader View
  • Mute Tabs In Safari
  • Safari Web Surfing Techniques

    MacMost Beginner’s Guides

    These short videos focus on a single topic for those who are new to using a Mac.

    A Beginner's Guide to Mac Display Preferences
    A Beginner's Guide To Organizing With Folders On Your Mac
    A Beginner's Guide to Mac Scroll Bars
    A Beginner's Guide to Resizing Mac Windows
    A Beginner's Guide To Renaming Files
    A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Maps App
    A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Trackpad
    A Beginner's Guide to Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
    A Beginner's Guide to Status Menus
    A Beginner's Guide to Getting Started With Time Machine
    A Beginner's Guide To the Desktop Folder
    A Beginner's Guide to Previewing Files On Your Mac
    A Beginner's Guide to Mac Context Menus
    A Beginner's Guide To the Mac App Switcher
    A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Cursor
    A Beginner's Guide to Sending Images In Email Messages
    A Beginner's Guide to Mac User Accounts
    A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Downloads Folder
    A Beginner's Guide to Mac Notes
    A Beginner's Guide to Mac Modifier Keys
    A Beginner's Guide to TextEdit
    A Beginner's Guide to the Mac App Store
    A Beginner's Guide to Web Searching
    A Beginner's Guide to Windows and Tabs
    A Beginner's Guide to Drag and Drop On the Mac
    A Beginner's Guide to Siri On the Mac
    A Beginner's Guide to the Red, Yellow and Green Window Buttons
    A Beginner's Guide to Copy and Paste
    A Beginner's Guide to Finder Views
    A Beginner's Guide to Mac Reminders
    A Beginner's Guide to Desktop Backgrounds
    A Beginner's Guide to System Preferences
    A Beginner's Guide to LaunchPad
    A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Trash
    A Beginner's Guide to Mac Spotlight
    A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Menu Bar
    A Beginner’s Guide to the Mac Dock
    A Beginner's Guide to Mission Control

    More Mac Tips

    Hungry for more? Learn how you can quickly open recent files and access frequently-used files. Find out how to take screen shots. And see how you can uninstall apps.

  • Quickly Open Recent Files
  • Easy Access To Frequently Used Files
  • How To Take a Screen Shot On Your Mac
  • How To Uninstall Apps

    Getting Help

    The Help menu in any App will give you access to keyboard shortcuts, help you locate menu commands, and view app documentation. You can also download MacMost’s keyboard shortcut PDF if you like shortcuts.
    If you have a problem with your Mac, Apple has terrific customer support. You can take your Mac to the Genius Bar in any Apple Store for free help, advice and as the first step in any repair.

  • Use the Help Menu To Find Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Use the Help Menu To Find Menu Commands
  • Use the Help Menu To Get App Documentation
  • Download the Free MacMost Keyboard Shortcut PDF
  • Get Help At the Genius Bar

    Want even more help getting up to speed? MacMost has a general course on using macOS Mojave. It includes 60 video tutorials, with more than 7 hours of video instruction. You can get it for 25% off the regular price here: https://macmost.com/online-course-the-guide-to-macos-mojave.html.

    Also, check out this MacMost book with 101 Mac Tips. It is available for about 8 bucks.