Master Using Your Mac in Just 15 Minutes a Day
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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
4.0 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Arlen Nagata
Last updated 2/2016
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
View Curriculum
  • 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

Updated 4/30/2017!- Price Drop to $20

While this course covers older versions of Mac OS X, I am working on new videos and a new format. In the meantime, enjoy the price drop and advanced purchasers will get the updated videos once they are completed. :) 

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
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
Compare to Other Mac Basics Courses
Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:26

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

Preview 01:26
Updated Videos for OS X El Capitan (The other videos are still good)
11 Lectures 37:40

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.

Getting Started With iCloud

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.

The Power Button

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

An In Depth Look at the Desktop

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.

Preview 02:31

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.

Setup an Apple ID

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.

The Power Button

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.

Tips for PC Users

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

The Weirdest difference between a PC and Mac- 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.

Getting Things Set Up

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.

The Desktop & Your Default Folders
Working with Applications
4 Lectures 16:04

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.

What's the Dock

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
4 Ways to Launch Applications

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

Using Launchpad- a deeper dive

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

The "Stoplight" and Closing Your Applications
Tips Before you Upgrade Your Operating System:
2 Lectures 09:09
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).

Preview 08:56
Mac OS X Mavericks (Released October 2013)
26 Lectures 02:29:47

What's new in OS X Mavericks.

Preview 10:25

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.

iBooks App

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.

Maps App

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 Power Button on Your Mac

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.
Using a Mac Trackpad

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 for Your Files

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
Preview 06:22

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
Selecting Files, 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.
File and Folder Actions

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

Searching Your Files

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.

Quick Look

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

Launch Applications

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
Preview 01:53

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
Closing Apps and the Stop Light

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”
Window Management

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.

The Dock

It's easy to setup Email on your Mac.

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

Setup Mail

Composing and Sending Email is Simple.

We'll also take a look at:

  • Simple Formatting in Emails
  • Adding Photos
  • Using Apple Stationary
Send an Email

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.

Email Settings and SIgnatures

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
Advanced Email Topics

A brief overview of using Safari to surf the web.

Surfing the Web with Safari

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

Contacts App (aka Address Book)

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

Calendar App (aka iCal)

Your Mac has some great security features built right in.

  • Passwords
  • Gatekeeper for Applications
  • Firewall for Network Access
  • FileVault 2 for encryption
Security Features Built In
Next Steps!
1 Lecture 01:01

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.

Final Thoughts for now...
About the Instructor
Arlen Nagata
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“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

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