Windows PC to Apple MAC Transition

6 Jul

Oh!!! Its not working, Did I make a mistake by choosing a MAC over my good old friend PC ??

Feeling bad!!!!.

Some tips that made my transition and experience simple

1. Mouse tracking & scrolling Speed
My windows mouse is pretty fast, why is my mac mouse crawling liking an turtle ? You can speed up your mac mouse tracking speed fast by

  1. Changing the mouse preferences
    • Go to System preferences – (you will find it in your dock)
    • Click on the keyboard and mouse icon in the hardware category
    • Change your tracking and scrolling speed to the max. fast.

Oh!!! I did all this, still its not helping, you can improvise it by the second option

2. Changing the mouse speed in the terminal window

  1. Open a Terminal Window
  2. Enter the following command to see what your current setting is:
    defaults read -g
  3. This will return a numeric value. To speed up (or slow down) your mouse tracking, you can simply change this number accordingly by typing the following command, replacing the “your_mouse_speed” with a new number such as 5.0. Notice that read has been changed to write:
    defaults write -g your_mouse_speed
  4. The maximum mouse speed on mac desktops is 3.0 (when maxed out in system preferences). I changed my speed to 5.0 for my 24″ iMac and it was noticeably better.
    defaults write -g 5.0
  5. You may need to restart your mac to see the changes take effect.
  6. The settings will go away once you change the tracking speed using the mouse preferences window.

2. Single action button to Desktop
Oh God! How can I go to the mac desktop in an single button action, in windows its very easy. Yes you can go it your mac desktop by the following shortcut

Go to Desktop :

Press: f11 or fn + f11

3. Menubar and Dockbar access from keyboard
As a former windows user I can easily access the menu by alt key combination, now its not. You can access it but with some limitations. you cannot directly go to the menu as alt+f for file menu, you have to use the arrow keys to do it or by typing the first letter of the menu item name after pressing the Ctrl + f2

Menu bar access :

Press: Ctrl + f2 or Ctrl+fn+f2

Dockbar access :

Press: Ctrl + f3 or Ctrl+fn+f3

If these doesn’t work for you, you have to enable it

To Enable :

Press: Ctrl + f1 or Ctrl+fn+f1

4. Backspace, Home and End Key ?
I missed the backspace key. Not able to do the forward delete.

Forward Delete:

Press: fn + delete

Home Key :

Press: Cmd + Left Arrow

End Key :

Press; Cmd + Right Arrow

PageUp Key :

Press: fn + Up Arrow

PageDown Key:

Press: fn + Down Arrow

PageTop Key:

Press: Cmd + Up Arrow

PageBottom Key:

Press: Cmd + Down Arrow

5. Screenshot
How to capture screenshot ? Like the print-screen in windows

To Capture the entire desktop(the image will be saved on your desktop)

Press: Cmd + Shift + 3

To Capture a portion of the screen

Press: Cmd + Shift + 4

6. To toggle same window in an app
In window using the alt+tab I was able to go to multiple window of the same app, but in mac I have to use mouse

To access the multiple window of the same app:

Press: Cmd + ~

Some resource sites on mac tricks and tips:


If you have any mac tricks? Please share it.

Vidya Kanickairaj

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