Master Using Your Mac in Just 15 Minutes a Day

A complete video course of short videos for Senior Citizens, non-Technical people and those switching from a PC to a Mac
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  • Lectures 47
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2013 English

Course Description

Updated 2/27/2016! - PDF handouts on El Capitan Added!

This is a complete course to help you master using your Mac. I will take you from beginner to advanced tips and tricks. Learn at your own pace through short, clear videos. You will also receive PDF handouts to print, review, and master many topics.

Besides covering the Mac Operating System, I will also introduce you to the Apps that come with your Mac. This is the complete training course for mastering your Mac and the Apps that come preinstalled.

  • Just switched to a Mac, you'll master the basics in no time
  • Non-Technical people & Senior Citizens can learn through clear instruction
  • Get your questions answered through personal interaction
  • Become more productive working on your Mac
  • Get Discounts on all Future Classes we release for the Mac

What are the requirements?

  • You will need an Apple Computer (iMac, Macbook, Mac Mini, or Mac Pro)
  • We cover the following Operating Systems: Mountain Lion (2012), Mavericks (2013), and Yosemite (2014)
  • Optional: an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. New features in OS X Yosemite (2014) work between the Mac and iOS devices

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the basics of using a Mac
  • Aid you in switching from a PC to a Mac
  • Teach you how to use the Applications that come with every Mac
  • Help you do common tasks on your Mac
  • Teach you Keyboard Shortcuts so you can become a Mac Power User

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for people switching from a PC to a Mac
  • This course is great for Senior Citizens and people who want technical concepts explained in plain English
  • This course is for people who want to use their Mac more efficiently
  • This course is for busy people who need quick lessons on how to perform simple tasks on the Mac

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.



Here's what we'll cover in this class...


For those who are new to Video Learning Classes, here are some tips on using the Video Player and learning with this series.

Section 1: Free Coupons:

The text of this "Lecture" contains a link to get my Effortlessly Switch from PC to Mac- Tips To Start Strong for Free. Please do not share that link with anyone. It's for my wonderful students as a Thank you for joining this class.

Section 2: Updated Videos for OS X El Capitan (The other videos are still good)

After watching this video you will have a better understanding of why you should use iCloud and how to start an account if you don't have one already.


You will be able to use the Power Button to perform several tasks like putting your computer to sleep and Shutting down.

You will also learn why you shouldn't be too quick to shut down your computer.


This video covers the main parts of the Desktop and some of the differences between the Mac and PC.


This Video will walk you through customizing your Desktop and Screensaver. Whether you want to use the stock photos Apple provides or your own, you'll learn how to do it in this video.


An Apple ID is an essential part of the Mac experience so as you setup your computer, be sure to setup your Apple ID. It will backup a lot of your data and sync across your multiple Apple devices.


The Power Button does more than just turn the computer on. You can use it to put your mac to sleep, restart, shutdown, or in an extreme situation do a hard shut down.

Most of the time you'll want to just put the computer to sleep.


Here's a few quick tips for those who are switching from a PC to a Mac.

You can do the same things on a Mac that you can on a PC, but some functions are moved and some require different keyboard shortcuts. We'll take a look a few things to help you get started as a new Mac User.


This video will show you a very important difference between a PC and Mac. It has to do with the Menubar.

Article: 100 OS X Mavericks Keyboard Shortcuts

In this video, we'll set a few settings and learn how to "Right Click" on the Mac.

We'll also see how to change the desktop background picture.


One thing that bothers me is when people have messy Desktops with a ton of files. If that's you I want to show you how to organize the files on your Desktop and make a case for putting your files into other folders on your Mac rather than storing everything on the desktop.

Section 3: Working with Applications

The Dock is a little tray what holds your favorite Applications and Folders for easy access. We'll see how to customize the Applications, Folders, and Settings of the Dock in this video.


Here are 4 ways to launch applications on your mac:

  1. Click an icon in the Dock
  2. Press Command + Spacebar and search for an App
  3. 4 Finger Pinch closed to get Launchpad
  4. Double Click an Application in the Applications folder in Finder

Launchpad is a great way to launch and manage Applications. Here are a few things you can do with Launchpad.


The Stoplight works similar to Windows, but differently.

  • Red Stoplight = Close Window
  • Yellow Stoplight = Minimize Window
  • Green Stoplight = Full Screen Window
  • Option + Green Stoplight = Maximize Window

To Quit an Application, Click on the Application's Name in the Menubar and choose Quit.

The Shortcut to Quit an Application is Command + Q

Section 4: Tips Before you Upgrade Your Operating System:
Getting Ready to Upgrade to Mavericks

Here's a simple and easy way to produce two different backups for your Mac.

Before you upgrade to OS X Mavericks, please do a backup (and test it).

Section 5: Mac OS X Mavericks (Released October 2013)

What's new in OS X Mavericks.


iBooks is a great way to read electronic books and study digital textbooks. Now the great features you love on the iPad are on your Mac.


The Maps App is new to Mavericks, but it adds many useful features for finding locations and directions and then syncing those directions to your iPhone or iPad. Here's a look at these features.


This is the first place to start when using your Mac. But the Power Button does more than just turn the computer on and off.


The Mac Trackpad is an amazing tool. Setting it up and learning to use it will help you become a Mac Ninja in no time.

We will be setting up the Secondary Click and using the Trackpad for everything we do, so we begin with some simple settings.

In This Lesson:

  • Find the Trackpad Settings
  • Be introduced to a few of the many settings and gestures of a multi-touch Trackpad
  • Set the “Right-Click” aka Secondary Click on the Trackpad
  • Change the Tracking Speed of the Cursor on the screen.

Having a Multi-Touch Trackpad means a Mac Trackpad can do some amazing things. Here are a few and where to learn more gestures to make you a Mac Ninja.


Finder is the Application where we can access all of our files and other applications.

It's probably one Application you'll have open all day every day. Because we use it so much, it's important to know what you can do with the Finder and get things setup exactly how you want it.

In This Lesson:

  • An Overview of the Finder Application
  • Add, Sort, and Remove “Favorites”
  • Enable the Path Bar
  • Enable the Status Bar
  • Customize the Toolbar

The Finder allows you to view and organize your files and Applications.

There are a number of different styles of view which you can choose. Some Views are more visual and others give more detailed information about the files and folders.

In This Lesson:

  • An Overview of the different Views
  • Basic Options for each View
  • How to Customize each View

There are a few ways to select files on your Mac.

We'll go over Selecting individual files by clicking on them, and selecting multiple files.

Once you have a file or two selected, you can easily Move or Copy the files.

  • How to Select a File (Click it)
  • How to Select Multiple Files
  • Advanced File Selection
  • How to Move a File
  • How to Copy a File
  • Protip- Open multiple Finder Windows for easier Moving and Copying

When you can Select Files, you can begin to do more things with your Files.

You’ll learn some ways to Organize your files and Share them with others.

  • Label Files with Colors for easy recognition
  • Compress Files into ZIP archives
  • Make Shortcuts to files and folders (aka Aliases)
  • Share Files via Email, Message, and Airdrop *More in other videos.

Airdrop is the simplest way to share files between two Macs. You just need two modern Macs who are in close proximity to each other.

In This Lesson:

  • Airdrop Requirements: Two Macs on the Same Network, Macs made in 2009 or later.
  • How to use Airdrop
  • Why it’s important to authorize file transfers
  • Where do Airdrop files go?


Over time, we build up so many files on our computers. Sometimes it gets hard to remember where we've stored our files.

That's where Search comes in. Your Mac makes it easy to search and find your files and folders.

In This Lesson:

  • How to Search in the Finder
  • Use “Quote Marks” for more specific searches
  • Choose where to search for files
  • Add Criteria to narrow your search
  • What’s a BOOLEAN?
  • Save searches you’ll come back to for faster access


QuickLook is a fast way to view most common documents on your Mac without Opening an Application.

When combined with Searching for Files, you will be able to organize your life quickly and efficiently.


Four Ways to Launch Applications on the Mac

Click an Application in the Dock to Launch

Open a Finder Window and View all your Applications

Search for your Applications with Spotlight

Use Launchpad to view your Applications like an iPad or iPhone


Launchpad is a great way to View, Organize, and Launch Applications.

If you own an iPhone or iPad, you’ll feel right at home using Launchpad

In This Lesson:

  • Two ways to access Launchpad
  • Organize your Applications just like you organize your iPad and iPhone
  • Search for Applications

Closing Apps on the Mac is a little different than on a PC.

In This Lesson:

  • What the “Stop Light” is
  • Green means change sizes
  • Yellow means Minimize into the Dock
  • Red means Close the Window
  • Quit means “Close” the Application

Every application has at least one window and when you start to multi-task the number of windows increases and managing those windows is important.

In This Lesson:

  • How to move your Application Windows around
  • How to change the size of windows (aka “Resize Windows”)
  • Review on the “Stop Light”

The Dock on your Mac holds your favorite Applications and Folders.

In This Lesson:

  • Where’s the Dock?
  • How to Add and Remove Applications and Folders
  • Change and Customize the Dock to give you more screen.


It's easy to setup Email on your Mac.

Just start the "Mail" Application and fill in the blanks.


Composing and Sending Email is Simple.

We'll also take a look at:

  • Simple Formatting in Emails
  • Adding Photos
  • Using Apple Stationary

A theme of this course is customizing the Applications and Workspace to make it your own.

We'll glance over a couple of Preferences and Settings to help you setup Mail to your liking.

Many of these features come down to personal preference. So try a few settings and see if you like them.


Some advanced topics to Speed up your Email Organization and Browsing:

  • Use the Shortcut Key- Command + (Number)
  • Star Contacts to make them VIPs
  • Organize your Email with Smart Mailboxes via the Search Bubble

A brief overview of using Safari to surf the web.


Managing and syncing your contacts is a breeze on your Mac with the Contacts App.


The Mac Calendar is a simple, yet very functional calendar. Here are some basics to organizing your life.


Your Mac has some great security features built right in.

  • Passwords
  • Gatekeeper for Applications
  • Firewall for Network Access
  • FileVault 2 for encryption
Section 6: Next Steps!

That's all for now. Please leave me your questions and comments and for some of the most common questions, I will produce a video to add to this course.

Thanks and bye for now.

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If it's all “Geek" to you, you need Arlen. For years, Arlen has been keeping up with the trends of technology and WordPress web design. He provides simple, easy to understand help for others with their technology and design needs.

Arlen is a regular Computer Workshop Instructor at the Kroc Center in Kapolei Hawaii. He also presents at the Hawaii Mac & Apple Users Society. You can find some of Arlen's free videos on Arlen's YouTube channel.

Here's what people say about Arlen:

“He has helped me and my family in understanding the use of the Mac and he is very patient with us. From what I have seen and heard from the Apple Store itself, this guy really knows his stuff with the Mac, in fact I would say more than most of the employees at the Apple store." -Stephen LL, State Farm Insurance

“Arlen has been a God send in many times of computer problems for our personal and business needs.... I myself am not technical so having Arlen to call on when our computer problems arise is a blessing." -Jamie Yamashiro

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