I’ve been using a Mac for over 7 years now and every month I learn something new about it – how to solve a problem, an app I haven’t heard of before, or even how to type a specific symbol on the keyboard when I need it. And even while creating this course, although I knew what I wanted to talk about from the start, I stumbled upon several new things to me, and I want to share these insights with you, so that you get a head start and don’t have to gain this knowledge over the years like I did.
Many of my friends use macOS and whenever they ask me about, say, how I zoom in on a specific part of the screen or what that little Spotlight-like thing is (Alfred), I forget for a second that I didn’t know about these things a couple of years ago and that now it comes to me as second nature but not to them, so it is sometimes hard to explain even the seemingly simplest of concepts. But while designing this course, I took a step back and thought about all these things that I now do automatically and that would have helped me tremendously when I first started using a Mac, I asked around to see what other beginner users find difficult or annoying, and, on the other hand, what some more experienced users find useful and not entirely obvious at the first glance. I compiled these thoughts into this course, in which I want to give you an overview of macOS, teach you the basics of using a Mac, if you’re new to the system, and also show you the tips and tricks, solutions to most frequent problems, and insights into using a Mac, I’ve gathered over the years.
This 2-hour course is divided into five main sections, excluding introduction and conclusion:
By the end of this course, you will have a very good overview of the entire system, you will know where to look when trying to solve a specific problem, be it a problem with your hard drive or just getting rid of the annoying large cursor which pops up when you move your mouse too fast. This course will in no way make you an expert on macOS, but no course will! To become an expert in anything, you need to put in your time and effort, and watching videos won’t ever be enough. But what this course can make you is an “almost hero”, or an “almost expert”, and this simply means that you’ll be well on your way to becoming a real “hero” or an “expert”, whichever sounds better to you.
To picture what this means, imagine a long list of features and keyboard shortcuts for an application like Adobe Photoshop. Knowing about these features and how to access them using your keyboard doesn’t make you an expert, that just makes you a well-informed user, who can choose which of these features interest them the most and focus on them. Knowing these features, knowing how to use them, and using them actively makes you an expert, but that’s exactly where you come into play. So let this course be something of an introduction of all these features for macOS, pointing out the ones which are more important and useful than others, and you decide, which are going to be of value to you and which you’re going to discard, and be on your way to becoming a real expert.
But I think that’s about enough of introduction and I’ll rather now let the course speak for itself. So browse through the curriculum to see a detailed overview of what you’re going to learn and get started!
Learn about the different parts of your Mac interface and how macOS works with windows (lower-case 'w')
Learn what each of your modifier keys does and how it can be useful for everyday tasks such as text editing
Finder really is the first app you see and it is also one of the most important ones, so learn how to work with it proficiently and set it up to your liking
Learn how Spaces can be used to organize your Desktop and just how simple it is to work with them
Take a screenshot of your entire screen, a region, or even just a specific window using Mac keyboard shortcuts
Find out what's on the menu in System Preferences and what's going to be covered in the upcoming lectures in this section
Have a look at some of the most important and useful preference panes in System Preferences and customize your Mac's appearance and functionality
Learn about some of the other useful preference panes you might encounter in the future
Get a full overview of System Preferences, knowing what each of the preference panes does and where to look when solving a problem
Learn about some of Mac's stock apps, so the ones that are available to you right after initial setup
Find more apps in the App Store and have a look at some of its Quick Links to get you started, as well as a few of my favorites
Learn about Safari, the browser that's available to you by default, and Chrome, a possible alternative, see the differences between the two and pick one for yourself
Learn how to install applications from the internet using an example of Dropbox, an amazing app for file sharing
Run your favorite Windows-only apps and games on a Mac using apps like Crossover or Wine (all links are in resources)
Connect your drive to your Mac and learn about the different options you have for connecting an NTFS drive
Play all your movies and music regardless of their format using VLC
Work with your PDFs and other media formats effortlessly using the built-in Preview
Find out about the apps that are going to be covered in this section and have a look at some other awesome apps in the resources
Learn the basics of using the Terminal and try some of the examples for tweaking the functionality of macOS
Try one of the coolest apps for macOS, which is Alfred, with its clipboard manager, snippets, workflows, and so much more
Try probably the coolest app for macOS, BetterTouchTool, which lets you tweak your keyboard and mouse experience to the vast limits
Learn about one of the pseudo-hidden features of macOS, which is using the Option key to show more (or alternative) information in certain contexts
It's been a pleasure designing this course for you and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have!
I've been interested in technology and computers, in particular, ever since I can remember. During my high school years, I started learning how to program, I played around with video editing, and I even gave teaching, my small childhood dream, a shot.
Today, I am studying Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, and I use a computer every single day, be it for school, professional use, or leisure, so I want to maximise my efficiency with this wonderful piece of hardware. I believe that if we use or do something regularly, we should become proficient with it, which is why I started creating courses on Udemy to teach other people to do just that.