Bought a new Mac and decided to swap it out from your old PC? There are definitely a generous amount of differences between both. It can take days or even weeks to adapt to new software. However, there are ways to adapt quickly and that is learning the basics and how to switch from a PC to a Mac.
How to switch from a PC to a Mac
Transfer data from your old PC to your new Mac.
Chances are you have a lot of data on your old machine. Transferring data from a PC to a Mac isn’t complicated, but it does require Windows Migration Assistant. These step-by-step instructions make transferring all your files simple. Once you’ve transferred all your basics over, you can get to work downloading all the software you’ll need to get work done.
Anticipate the learning curve.
The first thing you should do is prepare for the learning curve associated with switching operating systems. If you are transitioning a full staff from PC to Mac, you should begin the transition process long before you set up your shiny new Macs.
Flood your employees with reminders about the upcoming change, and make sure you have buy-in from the most important players before you start the transition. You should also assemble an easily digestible packet of resources for employees who are nervous about the upcoming changes and lend extra support to those who are most anxious about the learning curve. It’s also vital to remind your team that a learning curve is just that – a temporary state that occurs during the transition – and that once it’s complete, they will find plenty to love about their new Macs.
Relearn how to right-click.
If you’ve used a Mac keyboard before, you’ve probably noticed some differences in the keys, but the trackpad (or mouse if you have a desktop) is a little different too. Mac desktops and laptops don’t have a right and left button on the mouse/trackpad, but you can still do the equivalent of right-clicking on Mac’s mouse. To right-click, hold down the Command key while clicking on the mouse. If you’re using a laptop, you can just tap the trackpad with two fingers instead of one to produce a right-click effect.
Get to know Mac applications.
Before you shell out money for Apple-compatible licenses of Microsoft Office, you may want to check out the programs that come preloaded on every Mac machine. Safari is for surfing the web, though you can also download Chrome or another third-party browser.
Numbers is Apple’s version of Excel, but it’s not as powerful as Microsoft’s spreadsheet software. Excel power users probably won’t be satisfied with Numbers because it’s not as robust (don’t even think about doing data analysis or using it in tandem with Python or R), but if your primary Excel use is for basic budget and revenue tracking, Numbers should suffice. Pages is Apple’s version of Word, which is totally serviceable and can be exported to a word doc format (or PDF), and Keynote is Apple’s version of PowerPoint, which is clunky at first but a good program overall.
All in all, switching from a PC to a Mac isn’t difficult. It just takes a little time, know-how and patience.
Finder is a great way to get to know your new Mac. The Finder icon is accessible from your main desktop dock (the bar of icons at the bottom of the screen), and it looks like this:
You can use Finder to organize your documents, photos, and files and to locate things when you misplace them. Within Finder, you can change the view of your files and move items to your iCloud Drive or to AirDrop.
All you do is the type and search, just like you would with Cortana or an online search engine, but you can delve deeper if you want. Finder has a lot of features most people don’t know about, including the ability to build Boolean searches and save them for future use. In addition to its search tools, you can use Finder to change your view on files and documents and to access shortcuts to AirDrop and iCloud. For a briefing on everything you can do with Finder, check out Apple’s comprehensive guide.
By knowing the exact steps to take of how to switch from a PC to a Mac, you will easily adapt to the new software in no time.
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