Mac Basics: Mastering your Mac for home and business

Learn about your Mac in a fun step-by-step way with an Apple Teacher and former AppleCare Senior Advisor.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

This course is for those who are new to Apple computers. Whether you're transitioning from Windows, or you've just purchased a Mac for the first time, this course is built solely for you, the new Mac user. The only item required for this course is an Apple computer with at least Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8 ) installed on it.

(Click the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of your screen and tap "About this Mac" to see in the "Overview" tab , what version your operating system is.)

In short, this course will be like sitting down with a friend who gently guides and teaches you everything you need to know about your Mac. I loved taking care of people and their Macs while at Apple HQ, so you'll get nothing less here at Udemy.

Come join the thousands of students who've already taken the plunge to learn about one of the best computers ever made!

Side note: This course has over 4.5 hours of content (you don't have to do it one sitting) and doesn't provide popcorn. So, if you plan to binge this course, grab your favorite snack and beverage, and get ready for some excitement.

What are the requirements?

  • Own an Apple computer and have at least Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) installed on it.
  • No knowledge of Apple computers is needed as a prerequisite for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Smartly connect to mobile, office, and home networks with a Macintosh computer.
  • Intelligently protect a Macintosh with native and third-party applications.
  • Fully understand iCloud and AppleIDs, and how their services give you a seamless experience
  • Use your Mac with confidence
  • How to use and protect your Mac when you're out in public

Who is the target audience?

  • This course was built for those who are upgrading from Windows to Mac, purchasing a Mac for the first time, or students who would love to learn more about their Mac from an Apple professional.
  • Users who need to know how to operate a Macintosh computer for either home or work purposes.
  • Students who have either bought or received a Mac as a gift and have limited knowledge of how Macs operate.
  • Any individual who wants to switch from Windows to Apple computers and needs a quick lesson on how to use them.
  • This course is not meant for Apple or IT Professionals who have been working with Macs for the past 5 years.
  • This course can be a great refresher for those that have dabbled in Apple computers, but primarily work with Windows systems, and need to be refocused on how to work with a 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.



Welcome to Mac Basics! This video answers 4 common questions that students usually ask concerning Udemy courses. Thanks for stopping by and take care.

Section 1: Learn To Drive Your Mac

Understanding the desktop is the first step in learning how awesome your Mac really is. Enjoy!


This video is like Fengshui for your Mac. Once you get things in place, order and space are achieved.

Similar to painting the walls of your new abode, or hanging your favorite band poster in your room, Wallpaper & Hot Corners make your Mac feel like a cozy little home.


You can't get to the Internet safely if you don't understand Airport. This video will explain Wi-Fi and help you keep your Mac safe from nefarious characters.


No frills here and no audio either. This video is short and shows you how to toggle on hotspot for iPhone. Please watch this video before you view the lecture called "Hotspotting".


Every now-and-then you will need to connect to the Internet when you're out and about. Since Wi-Fi and ethernet aren't always available, you can use your iPhone (or another smartphone) hotspot to paddle out to the world wide web.


Knowing how to connect to an external hard drive (Ext HDD) or server can help when you need to save files onto another hard drive (HDD), perform a backup of your Mac, or access files on a company server. Very handy knowledge indeed.


Your Mac can maximize your efficiency and do it in style. Enjoy this video.


You're going to like how easy it is to add a printer to a Mac.


Listening to good tunes while reading a bestseller, or playing with a phenomenal app, is the definition of multitasking. Enjoy what Apple has to offer from these services!

Section 2: Batten down the hatches

Nothing is perfect. Macs are still computers and since they connect to the Internet, they need a good firewall and antivirus.

Side note: Here is a link to my article on why Macs need antivirus:

Section 3: Your Vehicle To Surf The Internet

Apple's browser is fast, beautiful, and has lots of options. This video is part 1 of 3.


Apple's browser is fast, beautiful, and has lots of options. This video is part 2 of 3.


Apple's browser is fast, beautiful, and has lots of options. This video is part 3 of 3.

Section 4: The Modern Day Pony Express (Apple Mail)

Apple's mail application is elegant and simple. However, like most email programs it can be rather daunting if you never touched it before. This video will explain what you need to know. (Part 1 of 3)


Apple's mail application is elegant and simple. However, like most email programs it can be rather daunting if you never touched it before. This video will explain what you need to know. (Part 2 of 3)


Apple's mail application is elegant and simple. However, like most email programs it can be rather daunting if you never touched it before. This video will explain what you need to know. (Part 3 of 3)


This video will help you troubleshoot common problems with Mail.

Side note: It's rarely Apple Mail that is the culprit when your email doesn't come through or go out. Get ready to work with the Dr. (Watch the video and you'll understand)

Section 5: Demystifying iCloud & Apple ID

By far the most common questions I receive are geared towards iCloud & Apple ID. This video will pull away the fog and make these Apple services crystal clear.


Do you like the idea of being able to log onto any computer and access your files that are stored with Apple? Then jump in and watch this video. Goodbye other storage applications!


This video goes over iCloud Drive in more depth than the previous one. 

Section 6: Communicating With Your Mac

Apple's Photos application is so easy to use you'll forget that you're working with professional editing features that were once reserved for photographers of the National Geographic caliber.


We all have contacts that we need to keep in touch with on a daily basis. In brief, Apple's Contacts application makes adding, removing, or grouping individuals a breeze.


Texting from your Mac! Need I say more?


Apple has made their Notes application a "go to" for jotting down tidbits.


If you're like me, this application will be a lifesaver, and one that you use often. Thanks Apple!


FaceTime is one of the coolest ways to keep in touch with friends and family.

Section 7: Fin

Goodbye! I hope you found this course to be fun, enlightening, and enjoyable. Thank you for your time and for purchasing this course. Take care.

I leave you with a quote from my blog, "Our Macs are more than just pieces of metal and silicon, they’re an integral part of our lives. They make us the rebels that Apple has always been, and let us change the world bit by bit." ~ JP

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Instructor Biography

Justin Pierce, Apple Teacher & Former AppleCare Senior Advisor

No matter where I go, Apple questions are excitedly thrown my way and request for private lessons kindly asked for. This has led to my colleagues and friends in calling me the "Mac Guy". It is a title I cherish deeply because it explains exactly who I am; a passionate Apple professional who loves playing and working with arguably the world's best computer.

So, why choose me as your instructor?

Barring that I worked at Apple headquarters as an AppleCare Advisor and Senior Advisor, I've held nearly every IT position in the industry (Network Administrator, Systems Administrator, IT Specialist, Help Desk Technician). In addition, I've taught varied audiences how to be Systems Administrators and run networks with great success. Lastly, I've devoted myself to academia and have attended some of the best institutions in the world: Stanford University, New York Institute of Technology, and Purdue University. 

In short, I've applied my work experience and academic training to create this course from the bottom up. It has been carefully designed to help you understand your Mac and let you quickly start working with the worlds best personal computer.

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