MacForBeginners: Learn the Mac Operating System in 1.5 hours
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MacForBeginners: Learn the Mac Operating System in 1.5 hours

Learn to do things on Mac OS more quickly and efficiently by learning quick tips and tricks
4.2 (19 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 Kashif A.
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • You will know how to work in the easiest and most efficient ways to get things done in Mac OS
  • Utilize all the tools that your Mac computer is loaded with already
  • Keep your computer organized and running at the full potential without clutter
  • Learn the most important keyboard shortcuts
  • Modify your Mac OS environment most efficiently as per your specific needs and preferences
  • Save time and energy by improving your workflow processes
  • Have fun using your wonderful Mac computer.
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  • All you need to know is, how to turn your Mac computer Off and On, launch specific applications like Safari web browser, etc.
  • Apart from that, we won't assume any background knowledge and will cover the basics for each lecture as we go along.

Welcome to the crash course on how to use Mac Operating System (commonly referred to as Mac OS).

If you have recently switched from Windows to Mac OS, the differences between the two operating systems might seem confusing, frustrating and even a bit overwhelming at first. 

I can totally resonate with you since I have been in your shoes. When I bought my first Mac computer after using Windows for many many years, it took me many hours just to learn how to Copy & Paste text (without the help of Google). Learning other basic functionalities in the new Operating System was a nightmare. It was a steep learning curve, and took me months of browsing blogs and Youtube videos before I became comfortable with my new computer. 

So I created this course to help BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE USERS of the Mac OS to improve their user experience. I have packed this 1.5 hours course with whatever I have learnt during the last few years. You can learn all of it in this course, without needing Youtube, Apple Support etc.

Mac computers are wonderful, stable, carefully designed and well built - no doubt about that. And it's safe to assume that almost always, there is an easy and cool way to do things in Mac OS X. But many people think that with Mac computers, one needs to purchase many extra software packages, which come built in with Windows computers. If you have the same views, I have a great news for you! Your Mac computer is full of tools and functionalities which you probably have never had a chance to explore, so you're missing out on a lot of cool stuff. 

In this hands on course, I have carefully put together many tricks and best practices in the form of short video tutorials. It took me years (well, literally!) to learn them, but with this course, you can learn them super fast with minimal effort. These wonderful tips and hacks will save your time and energy, and will have a big impact on your productivity. Thanks to Udemy, this course will take you from a beginner / intermediate to an advanced Mac OS user in no time! After taking this course, you would be able to navigate the Mac OS X with swipes and keyboard shortcuts like a breeze, and would be able to minimize computer slowdowns like a boss.

This course will be regularly updated and I will be adding more tips as I explore them!

Have fun :)

Who is the target audience?
  • NEW USERS of Mac OS, who just started using a computer, or for people who switched from Windows to Mac and are struggling through the differences between these operating systems.
  • INTERMEDIATE USERS, as they might find some very helpful ways to get certain things done in Mac OS that they didn't know about before.
  • This course is NOT for ADVANCED USERS of Mac, as they might know most of these tips already.
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
Start Here
1 Lecture 01:03

Opening remarks for the course.

Preview 01:03
6 Lectures 32:57

How to use Aliases (shortcuts) to quickly access applications, without searching for them. 

Preview 01:53

A shortcut to any folder can be created on the desktop, and by saving files to those shortcuts, they can be saved to the target folders anywhere in the computer, without the need to navigate to the target folder every time. Using this techniques, files can be kept organised instead of creating a mess on the desktop.

Preview 03:10

Learn how to view, open and organise files on your computer using the in-built tool called Finder.


Dock is the bar of icons that sits on the bottom or either side of the screen on Mac computers, from where frequently used applications can be launched quickly. We learn how to customise the dock.

Settings for Dock

How to add or remove programs to the Start Up menu. All programs in this menu will launch automatically, every time your computer starts.

Adding or removing programs from the Start Up menu

Where to look for downloaded files, and how to customise location for saving downloads.

Improving the workflow
4 Lectures 11:41

How to add multiple desktops. This is really useful tool, with which each individual application or window currently open can be assigned to a separate desktop, and windows or apps will no longer interfere/compete with each other for the space on your screen.

Multiple Desktops

In Mac OS, shortcuts to many applications/functions can be setup so that when the cursor is moved to any of the 4 corners of the screen, preset functions/applications would be activated. We learn how to set up hot corners.

Hot corners

How to enter Fullscreen mode in certain applications/programs that support this feature.

Full screen mode

Learn how to do Right Click in Mac OS X to access certain options. Since trackpad on Mac computers is different from traditional trackpads, learn how to use it.

How to 'Right Click' on trackpad of a Mac computer
Enhancing your productivity
7 Lectures 22:43

In this video, we learn how to use 'Dictation' feature built into Mac Operating System to transcribe spoken text, i.e. convert it into written text. 

Dictation feature

Using this feature, Mac OS can be made to speak out loud to us whatever text we feed into this application.

Text to Speech feature

We explore how to sign documents digitally using a picture of signatures. Using this feature, manually signing documents, printing and scanning them can be avoided.

Signing documents digitally

We explore how to force an application to close/quit if it stops responding.

Force quitting

Unsaved work or data may be lost if a non-responding application is made to Force Quit. However, before resorting for that, we can use this method to force an application to respond, in order to avoid risk of losing unsaved work or data.

Restarting non-responding applications without force quitting

Learn how to easily keep an eye on alerts or notifications coming from different applications, and browse all of them under a single window using Notification Center.

Notification center

Learn how to quickly move many selected files to a new folder in one single step.

Quickly move multiple files into a new folder
Video processing using Quick Time Player
3 Lectures 10:04

How to perform different types of recording (audio, video and screen capture) in Mac OS X using this built-in tool called QuickTime Player.

Video recording in QuickTime Player

Learn how to merge video files using QuickTime Player.

Merging Videos in QuickTime Player

How to trim a portion of a video using QuickTime Player.

Trimming videos in QuickTime Player
Other useful but relatively unknown features
6 Lectures 12:20

Using this application, RGB code of any colour on the screen/browser may be recorded, which can then be used to reproduce the exact same colour.

Getting the colour of any pixel on the screen

We learn how to set up the lock screen message, and make the operating system to display that message every time the computer restarts/wakes up and asks for password.

Setting up lock-screen messages

Learn how to quickly hide applications or windows from display using a simple keyboard shortcut.

Quickly hiding applications

Learn the keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots of the full screen, any portion of the screen or any particular window open in your computer.

Taking screen shots

Learn how to select default application to be used every time a particular file or file type is opened.

Selecting default programs for opening files

Learn how to have a quick preview of files without opening them in their default applications.

Previewing files without opening them
The Safari Browser
5 Lectures 09:29

How to use Safari browser, making full use of flexibility and features it offers.

Using Safari to its full potential

How to set homepage of your Safari web browser.

Preview 02:47

How to set up default search engine for the Safari web browser.

Setting up the default search engine

We learn how to look up definition of any word while browsing through Safari. Both keyboard shortcut or trackpad can be used for that.


Learn how to open new tabs or windows in Safari.

Preview 02:42
1 Lecture 01:19

Concluding remarks at the end of the course.

About the Instructor
Kashif A.
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1,072 Students
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Kashif is an Electrical Engineer, and has been associated with the teaching profession for the last 10 years. He has taught at schools in Asia and USA.

Kashif holds a Masters from University of Illinois, and has helped more than a thousand students with their educational endeavours. He brings his experience and passion for teaching to his classes at Udemy. 

In his free time, Kashif likes travelling, enjoys cooking and reading books.