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Currawong
26th January 2008, 11:17 AM
Switcher's FAQ:


I've been collecting these as they come up on the forums. Please do post suggestions/suggested threads that I can add.

How do I right-click?
Click and hold the mouse button down or press the control key when you click.

If you've just bought a Mac that came with a Magic Mouse, it has the ability to right-click built in. Go to System Preferences -> KeyBoard and Mouse and change the right button from Primary Click to Secondary click.

See also iPirate's list of Keyboard shortcuts (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/504019-post15.html).

See also I've just switched to Mac, what's the best program to... (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/56/24648-ive-just-switched-mac-whats-best-program-do.html)

What's the best way to learn about Mac OS X for new user? (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/14/35920-best-way-learn-mac-new-user.html)
Find Out How (http://www.apple.com/findouthow/macosx/) from Apple. This is a very useful resource for switchers.

How do I network between my Mac and my PC? (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/36228-how-share-files-between-mac-os-x-leopard-vista.html) (Leopard and Vista)

How do I move my iTunes library from my PC to my Mac? (http://www.mactalk.com.au/wiki/index.php/How_do_I_move_my_iTunes_library_from_my_PC_to_my_M ac%3F)

How do I make backups?
A: Use a second (external if necessary) hard disk and select it as a Time Machine disk in the System Preferences. When you first plug it in, the system will ask you anyway if you want to use it for Time Machine. Dedicating the entire drive to Time Machine is the best option.

What brand RAM should I get for my Mac?
The most common recommendation is Kingston RAM. It's available very cheaply from just about anywhere and has an excellent reputation. A simple option is to use StaticIce (http://staticice.com.au) to find the best price.

How to transfer/Import Windows Thunderbird Mail and Outlook Express into Apple Mail (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/14/34509-how-transfer-import-windows-thunderbird-mail-outlook-express-into-apple-mail.html)

Is the AppleCare Protection Plan (APP) worth it? (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/40944-applecare-protection-plan-worth.html)
Yes!

What's the best program for MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Jabber or ICQ?
iChat will do Jabber, ICQ and AIM. Adium (http://www.adiumx.com/) is the most common client for all IM systems, however.
How to use MSN with iChat (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/11/33418-how-msn-through-ichat.html)(by using a Jabber gateway).
Chax (http://www.ksuther.com/chax/) is recommended for use with iChat as it adds extra features and improves ICQ support.
You can also use Facebook Chat (http://www.facebook.com/help/?ref=drop#!/help/?search=ichat) in iChat or Adium.

Can I video chat using MSN or Yahoo on a Mac?
Edit: What's the status on this? I know I've voice-chatted with the Yahoo Mac client.
Skype (http://skype.com) is a better and more reliable option for that. There are also iChat-to-MSN transports. Only limited video/audio chat ability is available from the official MS and Yahoo programs. Skype is recommended if you wish to video chat with friends, followed by iChat (which uses AIM, Jabber or .Mac).

Can I run Windows apps on my Mac?
Yes. You have a few choices, Apple's Bootcamp, that allows you to dual-boot the machine in either Mac OS X or Windows, or a "Virtual Machine" of which Parallels (http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/) and VMWare Fusion (http://www.vmware.com/mac) are the most popular and usable. There's now a virtual machine solution available from Sun called VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/). While not as functional as the others, it's free!

You can also try Crossover Mac (http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/), based on DarWine (http://darwine.sourceforge.net/), a Win32 API layer that allows some Windows applications to run natively, such as MS Office.

How do I remove Applications in Mac OS X?
Usually drag them to the trash. If you want to completely remove all traces of an application, there are a couple of programs, such as AppZapper (http://appzapper.com/) that will search for all the files (such as preferences) that an application has left around your computer.

What Anti-virus program should I use in Mac OS X?
None unless your work requires it. There is, to date, one virus and one trojan for Mac OS X. The former requires that you manually install a fake video codec from a porn site. If you are required for your work to have an AV program, ClamXAV (http://www.clamxav.com/) is recommended. Avoid Norton anything unless you want your machine to run at half speed.

How to transfer/import Windows Firefox Profile to Mac OS X Firefox (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/14/34515-how-transfer-import-windows-firefox-profile-mac-os-x-firefox.html)

How do I control which application opens what file?
Click once on the file and select "Get Info" from the File menu. Choose the application from the "Open with" menu and then click on "Change all". To manage these settings more comprehensively, download RCDefaultApp (http://www.rubicode.com/Software/RCDefaultApp/).

How do I play this video file?
Installing Perian (http://perian.org/) will allow the playback of most types of video. Installing Flip4Mac (http://www.flip4mac.com/) will allow the playback of files up to WMP9. WMP10 files are not playable due to the incorporated DRM. You can also try playing the file in VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) or Movist (http://code.google.com/p/movist/).

External Backup drive for PC and Mac (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/28/28686-merged-external-backup-drive-pc-mac.html)

How do I hide files and folders in the Finder?
How do I password protect folders in the Finder?
Sorry, the links to these were broken and I couldn't find the original threads.

How do I take screenshots?
Command-shift-3 for the whole screen. Command-shift-4 to select with the mouse an area to capture. Command-shift-4 then press the spacebar then click on a window to capture. Also, you can use Skitch (http://plasq.com/skitch) for easier snapping and sharing of screenshots.

What webcams can I use with Mac OS X?
I need a Mac compatible webcam (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/28/27511-i-need-mac-compatible-webcam.html)
Excellent Mac webcam option - the XBox 360 webcam (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/40977-excellent-mac-webcam-option-xbox-360-webcam.html)

How do I change the spelling dictionary in Mac OS X to Australian English? (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/488440-post10.html)

I use Microsoft Money. Is there a Mac equivalent that I can transfer my data to? (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/14/50968-totally-confused.html)
Export your MS Money file, copy it over to your Mac then download iBank (http://www.iggsoftware.com/ibank/) and import the file.

My Mac is running slow/all the memory is filling up, what can I do?
What you want to do is, in Applications -> Utilities open up Activity Monitor. In the menu at the top of the window, next to the seach bar, select All Processes, then click on the Real Memory column until the biggest memory users are at the top, then see what's chewing up all the memory. Just a note, ignore the Virtual Memory figures, they do not refer to actual usage. You might also want to do the same as above with the CPU column and see if some or other program is doing a lot of processing.

The "inactive" memory is essentially "free" memory. When Mac OS X puts data in memory, if that data isn't needed any more, it flags it as inactive, rather than purge it, in case it's needed again. If another program needs memory, then Mac OS X will purge it first. There's a program that purges the inactive memory, but most of the time the result is an even slower computer, as Mac OS X has to read that data again, if needed, from the disk, not memory.

Is your hard disk very full? A computer with a hard disk over 80% full becomes slower (solid-state drives excepted). If you have an early MacBook Air with the crappy SSD drives, you'll need to back up all your data, boot from the Mac OS X install DVD, open up Disk Utility, perform a secure erase and start again.

As well, the first time you switch on a Mac, Spotlight will Index all the attached disks, which can slow things down until it's finished. Time Machine can sometimes slow down the computer if it's making a huge backup. If you are using the computer for downloading large torrents, working with movies or any kind of large files, it's a good idea to tell Time Machine to ignore those files and any other large files that often change, as they will be backed up every time Time Machine runs, slowing down the computer considerably.

themessup
26th January 2008, 11:19 AM
I saw this before but I am going to need it when I get a MBP. Thanks mate

[MREVO8]
26th January 2008, 11:24 AM
My "I've just switched to Mac, what's the best program to... (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/showthread.php?t=30462)" thread.

I'd update it, but I can't any more for some reason.

themessup
26th January 2008, 11:26 AM
;434554']My "I've just switched to Mac, what's the best program to... (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/showthread.php?t=30462)" thread.

I'd update it, but I can't any more for some reason.

that is a very helpful thread!

Peter Wells
26th January 2008, 11:57 AM
How do I take screenshots? (http://mactalk.com.au/forums/showthread.php?t=43092)
Command-shift-3 for the whole screen. Command-shift-4 to select with the mouse an area to capture. Command-shift-4 then press the spacebar then click on a window to capture.

i'd add skitch to that, cos it makes posting to the forums dead easy.

Aaron
26th January 2008, 11:59 AM
i'd add skitch to that, cos it makes posting to the forums dead easy.

Discovered Skitch today... I bloody love it :o

dev_enter
26th January 2008, 12:11 PM
It should be noted Currawong, that using ICQ with iChat will require something like Chax (http://www.ksuther.com/chax/) to work correctly. :)

gtext
26th January 2008, 01:09 PM
Great stuff. Just the information I need for for my soon to arrive Mac Pro.

Thanks Currawong

bennyling
26th January 2008, 01:11 PM
Would it also be recommended to link to the MSN through Jabber article?

Just for the curious.

A mention of osx.iusethis.com would also be good.

As well as FTP programs, free alternatives to MS Office/iWork, good Apple tutorials(there was a thread here somewhere), etc, etc.

Currawong
26th January 2008, 09:39 PM
Certainly bennyling...want to provide the link? ;)

I've added the other suggestions to my post, by the way.

bubbles_r_us
26th January 2008, 11:22 PM
Great collection there Currawong

Peter Wells
27th January 2008, 01:14 AM
actually, what about Quicksilver?

the bestest app ever..

Currawong
27th January 2008, 03:09 PM
ftc, I'm focussing on things that get asked often by people switching rather than what apps are best.

Peter Wells
27th January 2008, 03:16 PM
but all switchers should learn quicksilver!

in should be part of osX

bennyling
27th January 2008, 03:24 PM
Here's the link for the MSN through iChat using Jabber article:

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/showthread.php?t=39782

Kudos goes to andrew.wilson.

avolve
27th January 2008, 03:25 PM
so is Perian recommended over Flip4Mac???

(i already have Flip4Mac)

dev_enter
27th January 2008, 03:28 PM
Perian supports a lot of formats excluding the WMV formats.
Flip4Mac supports just the WMV formats.

Using both gives you the best of both worlds. :)

macchick
15th April 2008, 10:57 AM
Hi could someone please help me; I have just received a friends older Mac and need a webcam? I like the old Apple isight's any idea on where i could still get one? Or if there is something else similar or better perhaps?
Thanks
MacChick

FineWine
15th April 2008, 05:13 PM
Perian supports a lot of formats excluding the WMV formats.
Flip4Mac supports just the WMV formats.

Using both gives you the best of both worlds. :)

Great article - Ab Fab

I just AppZapped VLC as my WMV player as it started to pixelate and skip. Installed Flip4Mac and it serves my purposes just great. I like its integration with FF2 browser and Mail.

Currawong
15th April 2008, 09:21 PM
Hi could someone please help me; I have just received a friends older Mac and need a webcam? I like the old Apple isight's any idea on where i could still get one? Or if there is something else similar or better perhaps?
Thanks
MacChick

Talk about timing: I just put this up in the featured topics today:

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/20/47898-excellent-mac-webcam-option-xbox-360-webcam.html

lexiistardustx
25th April 2008, 10:09 PM
Wow Thanks :]
This is brilliant stuff.
Thank you. I'm going to need it XD

Currawong
17th May 2008, 09:22 PM
Just added how to change the Mac OS X dictionary to Australian English, from here:

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/504347-post10.html

koston44
26th August 2008, 09:26 PM
hey i just switched to a macbook and am wondering if you can erase text that is to the right of the cursor like a delete button on pc?
Thanks
Cameron

FineWine
27th August 2008, 12:58 AM
hey i just switched to a macbook and am wondering if you can erase text that is to the right of the cursor like a delete button on pc?
Thanks
Cameron

The "delete" key next to the "end" erases to the right.

The "delete" key next to the "+/-" erases to the left.

Jaali
27th August 2008, 06:04 AM
The "delete" key next to the "end" erases to the right.

The "delete" key next to the "+/-" erases to the left.

Not sure if the Macbook is different to the MacBook Pro, but I don't have an "End" button. I have to press "fn" and "Delete" to delete to the right.

Is there a way without pressing "fn"?

FineWine
27th August 2008, 09:09 AM
Not sure if the Macbook is different to the MacBook Pro, but I don't have an "End" button. I have to press "fn" and "Delete" to delete to the right.

Is there a way without pressing "fn"?

OOPS - sorry I did not read your original post correctly. Not sure about the MacBooks as own an iMac.

Though I did a quick Google for "macbook keyboard delete key" (http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=macbook+keyboard+delete+key&btnG=Search&meta=)

You might find some answers there.

benr
8th November 2008, 08:04 PM
mouse right click, is it not common knowedge that you go to system preferences select mouse keyboard button then selectmouse buttons settings change the right side to secondary not primary then all you need to do is press on the right side of the mouse for right click. This might be common knowledge but never see it in anybodys help tips

mattydee
8th November 2008, 08:38 PM
What brand RAM should I get for my Mac?
The most common recommendation is Kingston RAM. It's available very cheaply from just about anywhere and has an excellent reputation. 2Gb sticks are very cheap at the moment, with 1Gb costing extremely little. 3 or 4Gb will make for an excellent machine, especially if you start going photo or video crazy. Apple's iMacs, as well as their notebooks, take notebook DDR2 RAM. A simple option is to use StaticIce (http://staticice.com.au) to find the best price.


the new macbooks use DDR3

Currawong
10th November 2008, 09:57 AM
Updated. Thanks guys.

rikkii
10th November 2008, 09:21 PM
can someone tell the best way to conserve life of battery, the less i use it in the long term the better thanks

mridout
26th April 2009, 04:41 PM
Hi all, well I'm new to the forum and new to Mac's, I'll be picking up a MBP this week :cool:.
Any way I thought I'd checkout this sticky... seemed like a logical place to start but I've found none of the links in the OP are going to the correct page. E.G. "Ive just switched to Mac, what's the best program to..." links to "Powermac G5 CPU usage question".

Any chance of these being fixed up for any other new users?
I've had a look around and found most of the answers I was looking for, but this may be useful to others and hey that's what it is for right.


Mridout

timmytomtam
26th April 2009, 07:07 PM
Hi all, well I'm new to the forum and new to Mac's, I'll be picking up a MBP this week :cool:.
Any way I thought I'd checkout this sticky... seemed like a logical place to start but I've found none of the links in the OP are going to the correct page. E.G. "Ive just switched to Mac, what's the best program to..." links to "Powermac G5 CPU usage question".

Any chance of these being fixed up for any other new users?
I've had a look around and found most of the answers I was looking for, but this may be useful to others and hey that's what it is for right.


Mridout

About a month ago, the owner of MacTalk broke the forums, so you'll find that all the links that were posted prior to that are borked.

Hopefully, the links in important threads like this will get fixed soon.

Owley
3rd May 2009, 03:10 AM
how come the links to most of the things in the orginal post here do not take me to the right page???

Phase
3rd May 2009, 08:11 AM
how come the links to most of the things in the orginal post here do not take me to the right page???

Our apologies, the forum links were recently broken.

The entire website is being re-constructed over the coming weeks, and all of this information will be re-edited and re-posted in a new area.

For now, assume this article as non-functional :(

FineWine
3rd May 2009, 11:43 AM
Our apologies, the forum links were recently broken.

The entire website is being re-constructed over the coming weeks, and all of this information will be re-edited and re-posted in a new area.

For now, assume this article as non-functional :(

Thanks for that info.

Currawong sorry about the PM the other day regarding this matter.

Geneva
2nd July 2009, 08:06 PM
Another site for help is Ask about Mac (http://askgeneva.wetpaint.com) .

Geneva
2nd July 2009, 08:09 PM
If you have a newer (like, Intel) MacBook, with the "multi-touch" trackpad, you can set it to right-click with a 2-finger tap on the trackpad.

You can also set it to scroll with 2-finger drag.

You do the settings in System Preferences>Mouse & Keyboard.

barrymoves
27th October 2009, 06:19 PM
Ummm just to let you know, all the links are the top (first post) are now gimped and need to be fixed.

swifto
2nd February 2010, 07:46 PM
Ummm just to let you know, all the links are the top (first post) are now gimped and need to be fixed.

I am getting this too. I am pretty much interested in reading just about every link as I don't want to clogg the forum with a million silly questions. Any chance they could be fixed?

Currawong
15th February 2010, 02:17 PM
The forums had to be re-built some months ago after an epic screw-up. Because of the rebuild, all the thread IDs changed, and so did internal links. I've had it in mind to rebuild the first post for a while now, but I haven't been around. I've fixed a few of the links, including the long-lost link to iPirate's keyboard shortcuts post.

idiesel
9th March 2010, 09:59 PM
Does the iMac and Safari in particular support flash video from websites, in particular those mini games that kids can play?

I'm a little confused with all the hoohaa about the iPhone and upcoming iPad not having Adobe Flash and Air support. Is this limited to the iPhone OS only?

alextrob
9th March 2010, 10:09 PM
Does the iMac and Safari in particular support flash video from websites, in particular those mini games that kids can play?

I'm a little confused with all the hoohaa about the iPhone and upcoming iPad not having Adobe Flash and Air support. Is this limited to the iPhone OS only?

Yeah that's only limited to the iPhone OS.

Macs have Flash pre-installed and updates are done through Apple's software updater. It works just fine in Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc out of the box.

People complain about Flash running slowly but I don't really notice any problems. There's an app called ClickToFlash that disables Flash elements of websites until you click them which might help performance for general browsing when you're not actually using Flash at the time.

idiesel
9th March 2010, 10:48 PM
Thanks mate.

That clears it up for me

idiesel
6th April 2010, 10:21 PM
Another quick question....

Is there a keyboard shortcut that is similar to using the "Home" and "End" commands on a PC keyboard?

I have checked Apple online - Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343) and iPirate's List of Keyboard Shortcuts (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/504019-post15.html) but no luck there. :(

alextrob
6th April 2010, 11:34 PM
Yep. Command + left arrow for home and command + right arrow for end.

Some more tips:
Option + left/right arrow will move your cursor by one word. Fn + left/right arrow takes you to the top/bottom of your current window.

And if you're using Office for Mac you can ignore these shortcuts because MS don't implement them properly.

mkerr
9th April 2010, 12:38 AM
just wanting to say thanks for the effort putting this thread together, saved some headaches for a newbie :D

FineWine
9th April 2010, 01:02 AM
just wanting to say thanks for the effort putting this thread together, saved some headaches for a newbie :D

you are welcome. Welcome to the forums - enjoy them.

Vzzzbx
16th April 2010, 10:34 AM
Yep. I bought my first Mac last night (base i5 15" MBP, hurrah) and found this thread indispensable. Thank you so much.

cosmichobo
22nd May 2010, 04:38 PM
Leopard - Aussie English:

In International System Preference, choose edit menu, and tick Australian English.

Then save, and choose it from the main list.

Currawong
29th May 2010, 09:19 PM
Ok, all the broken links should now be fixed. Please PM me if you find any or have any suggestions about stuff to add.

I also fixed the Leopard/Vista file sharing thread. I need to do one for Win 7 sometime too.

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