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Moving from Windows to Mac: how to get used to the new keys and names of settings?


If you or someone you know recently switched from Windows to Mac, then getting used to all the differences in operating systems will not be easy. The keys on the keyboard, the names of the settings, the folders, and their location – all this is different on Windows and on Mac.

Fortunately, with all this, a useful instruction can help you greatly. Below, we’ll tell you everything you need to know when switching from Windows to Mac.

Keys and shortcut keys

When switching from Windows to Mac, you will notice that the keys on the keyboards are different. Along with the keys and key combinations are different.

For example, the ALT key was replaced by the Command key, and the Windows key was replaced by the Option key. The Control and Function keys (Fn) are swapped.

Alt Tab > Command Tab : switch between open programs.

Alt Tab > Command ` : switch between windows of one program.

If you have a trackpad, you can select and hold the program in the Dock to maximize the open program windows. With the Tab key you can go to another program.

Ctrl A > Command A : select all.

Ctrl C and Ctrl V > Command C and Command V : copy / paste.

The Command key is used as the Ctrl key for other combinations, such as Ctrl S for saving and Ctrl N for creating a new document. On a Mac, Command S and Command N are used for this.

Hold down the Option key and click to open a menu with options. This replaces the right-click.

The names of the settings and their location

Program windows > Finder : Select Finder in Dock.

Taskbar> Dock (Dock): At the bottom of the screen displays the running programs, which can be secured.

Control Panel > System Settings : From the menu bar at the top, select the Apple icon> System Settings.

Computer Management > System Information : From the menu bar, select the Apple icon> About This Mac.

Task Manager > System Monitoring : Open Finder, then click Go > Utilities > System Monitoring .

Command Line > Terminal : In the Finder, click Go > Utilities > Terminal .

My computer > Computer: Open Finder and click Go > Computer.

Search > Spotlight : Click the Spotlight button on the menu bar or use the combination Command Spacebar.

Basket : Located in the Dock.


Software windows : In Windows, you can minimize, maximize and close a window using the buttons in the upper right corner of the window. On a Mac, these buttons are in the upper left corner of the window.

Programs : Windows has Start menu and gadgets. On a Mac, there is a Launchpad (a button in the Dock) and a Dashboard (swipe up with three fingers on the trackpad and select Dashboard).


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