Being on a first name basis with your computer's screen
Menu Bar Think of it as your
Allows you to "order up" electronic filing cabinet
what you want from your
A way to organize
your documents into
Desktop groups that make
This entire picture...it is your workspace them easy to find
on your computer - what you see on your
screen when you begin working. It remains
underneath your work, just as the top of
your desk is there under the papers you are
The actual work that
you have done
A quick way to get to the applications
(programs) you use most
Under the Blue Apple System Preferences
(in the Menu Bar) Desktop & Screen Saver allows you to set the color or design you see on
About this Mac your desktop, what your screen saver will look like and how long your computer
Tells you the version of the OS (Operating Stystem) will remain inactive before the screen saver begins
you are running, description of your processor and Dock allows you to choose where your dock appears, how large it is, if it stays
amount of memory in position or appears only when you move the curser to it.
By clicking "More Info" you can quickly get Energy Saver allows you to set your performance preference for both battery
additional and specific information about your Mac power and while plugged in. You can also schedule your computer to start up
including the serial number. and shut down at the same time each day.
Software Update checks on the internet for updates Network is where you go to set your computer to connect to the network in
available. You must be online for this to work. your school. If you are using a cord, it should be set for ethernet. If you are using
Sleep puts your system to sleep, conserving battery an airport, airport should be selected. Either way, appletalk should be active for
life without completely shutting down. You can wake your computer to access the network.
it by touching any key on your keyboard. Accounts allows you to set up accounts and passwords to allow access to your
Restart shuts your computer down and restarts it computer and its programs.
immediately. It takes only a minute and often helps Date and Time is where you go to set your computer's date and time. This is
when things are not running exactly right. critical in using servers and other network applications and in taking adavantage
Shutdown shuts your computer down completely. of the features of your email client. You can customize your date and time
You will have to use the power button to start it again. display here. also.
Speech can be used to have your computer "speak" items and recognize voice
Universal Access allows you to customize your Mac to best suit your needs
for seeing, hearing, special keyboard, and mouse functions.
The Dock is a quick way to access the applications you use most often.
Choosing a Printer Connecting to the Internet/Network Add or Delete Items from
Choose the printer setup utility in the dock and then Using Ethernet go to System Preferences, the Dock
click Add at the top. (You must be connected to the then Network. Look for Built in Ethernet To add an application, find it in
network.) A list of network printers will appear and beside the word Show. TCIP should be set your hard drive and drag it to the
you click on the one you wish to use. to Using DHCP. Click the AppleTalk tab dock, between any two of the
You may also give a print command (File in the menu and click the box beside "Make AppleTalk other icons.
bar and then Print) and then change your printer in Active" To delete an icon from the dock,
the pull down menu by choosing Edit Printer List. Using Airport go to System Preferences, drag it to your desktop.
then Network. Look for Airport beside the
word Show. By default join should be set to
Automatic. Click the AppleTalk tab and
click the box beside "Make AppleTalk
The Hard Drive is the filing cabinet of your Mac. Everything is stored here. It contains the applications loaded onto your Mac and the
folders and documents you create. By double clicking on the Macintosh HD icon on your desktop, you can see everything stored on your
computer. For easier viewing, select the column view.
Also note the "dots" that appear when you open a window. Clicking the red dot closes the window.
Clicking the yellow dot sends the window to the dock, but keeps it open.
Clicking the green dot resizes the window.
It is on the Hard Drive that you will find the Applications Folder, which contains the applications, or programs, you will use to do
work on your Mac. While many applications may be added to this file, a few are standard on all Macs.
Calculator brings up a calculator that can be used with your mouse or a numeric keypad
IChat allows you to IM other users on your local network, usually within your building
IMovie allows you to store, edit, and create movies on your Mac
IPhoto allows you to store, edit, organize, and show digital photos on your Mac
ITunes allows you to store music or listen to internet radio stations on your Mac
User Folders on the Hard Drive
Desktop shows folders and documents stored on your desktop
Documents a file commonly used to store the documents you create unless you choose to save them to a different file
Library keeps support files for your computer organized and easily accessible.
Movies a convenient place to store movies for ease in finding them to include in presentations or lessons
Music includes ITunes and is the file where your music is stored for quick retreival
Pictures contains your iPhoto library, where your photos are stored
Public anything you store here can be accessed by other network users;
the Drop Box allows other network users to put files in for you but the contents cannot be seen by others
Sites the storage spot for webpage files