The Guide to macOS Sierra
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The Guide to macOS Sierra

Learn How to Use Your Mac
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Created by Gary Rosenzweig
Last updated 9/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Use macOS Sierra to perform basic tasks
  • Know how to organize folders and files
  • Use macOS organizational tools like Contacts, Reminders, Calendar and Notes
  • Understand the basics of maintaining their Mac and security
  • Use Siri in macOS
  • Use notifications, widgets and other macOS interface elements
  • Understand the uses for other standard Mac apps like iBooks, Messages, Photos and Maps
  • Use critical Mac apps like Safari, Mail, TextEdit, QuickTime Player, Preview and iTunes
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  • Students should know the very basics, such as being able to use a mouse/trackpad and keyboard

Learn the ins and outs of using macOS Sierra. This course includes more than 50 video tutorials, more than 4 hours of video instruction. It begins by showing you the basics of the desktop and then goes into detail about using the Finder, iTunes, Safari, Mail, TextEdit, Preview and other basic apps. Lots of tips, tricks and techniques. 

Each tutorial clearly presents a topic and shows you how to use macOS Sierra. You can watch while trying out techniques for yourself. Presented by the host of the MacMost Now video podcast, the creator of hundreds of online video tutorials and the author of books on the Mac and iPad. 
The Guide to macOS Sierra is brought to you by MacMost. The MacMost website contains hundreds of free video tutorials, but the ones in this app are unique to the app and give a deeper beginner's look at Sierra.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course will help typical Mac users delve deeper into macOS features
  • This course will help new Mac users learn their way around
  • This course will help current Mac users see how old and new features work in Sierra
  • This course is not for those who are already experts at using Macs
Curriculum For This Course
55 Lectures
Mac Basics
8 Lectures 42:39

Find your way around the screen and learn about the basic elements of the macOS, like the menu bar, cursor, desktop and more.

Preview 03:09

Learn how to select commands and functions with the Mac menubar. The menubar is the primary way you control most apps.

The Menubar

The Finder is the app that lets you manage your files. Learn how to use the Finder window to view and organize files and folders.

Finder Windows

A quick primer on how to move, resize and hide windows.

Manipulating Windows

You can use the Dock to launch apps and also access files.

The Dock

There are many different ways to launch the apps you have installed on your Mac. You can also switch between apps in several different ways.

Preview 07:30

You can easily quit apps you are not using, though it may not always be necessary. You can also force-quit an app that is misbehaving.

Quitting Apps
Files and Folders
7 Lectures 30:41

Take a look at the default folder structure in macOS and learn where you should store your files.

Folder Organization

Learn how to preview files before opening them.

Quick Look

You can search for files by name, contents or other criteria.

Finder Search

You can also search for files and other types of information using Spotlight.

Searching Using Spotlight

Learn how to store your files so they are available on all of your Macs and iOS devices.

Using iCloud Drive

Understand how to create, save and work with documents in applications.

Working With Documents

Many apps save changes as you work with documents. Find out how to review and restore document versions.

Using Versions
Using Siri (New in Sierra)
4 Lectures 11:59

Learn the basics of how to configure and use Siri on your Mac.

Preview 05:03

Learn how to create calendar events and use the Messages app by simply talking to Siri.

Setting Events and Sending Messages With Siri (New in Sierra)

You can launch apps and also search for files using Siri.

Accessing Apps and Files with Siri (New in Sierra)

Learn how to ask Siri for information.

Get Information with Siri (New in Sierra)
Primary Mac Apps
8 Lectures 55:31

Learn how to use your Mac’s default web browser.


Communicate with email in Mail, you Mac’s built-in email client.


Learn how to listen to music using iTunes, and to purchase new music.

iTunes for Music

Your Mac comes with a simple yet powerful word processor. Learn the basics of using TextEdit.


Preview is a versatile app that lets you view images, PDFs and other types of documents. You can also edit images and mark up documents.


You can play videos with the built-in QuickTime Player app. You can also record from your camera or screen

QuickTime Player

Learn how to use tabs in apps to open multiple documents in a single window.

Using Tabs in Apps (New in Sierra)

Find out how to get new apps safely from Apple’s Mac App Store.

The Mac App Store
Information Apps
5 Lectures 25:16

Add the contact information for the people you know, like email addresses, phone numbers and more.


Schedule events and appointments with the calendar app.


Set one-time or recurring reminders and create to-do lists.


Use the Notes app to store a variety of information.


A new feature in Sierra lets you collaborate with shared notes.

Notes Collaboration (New in Sierra)
More Useful Apps
6 Lectures 19:50

Find locations and get directions with 2D and 3D maps.


Purchase and read books with Apple’s ebooks reader.


Use the Messages app to communicate with short text messages and images.


Look at the new features in the Messages app.

Messages New Features (New in Sierra)

Use the Photos app to store, manage and edit your photo


Learn about the new Memories and objection recognition features.

Photos New Features (New in Sierra)
Mastering Mac Techniques
10 Lectures 51:01

Learn the techniques and some tips for selecting text.

Text Selection

Create multiple desktops to make it easier to organize your work.

Preview 07:39

Find out how you can share files between Macs.

File Sharing

Use System Preferences to customize your Mac and enable features.

System Preferences

Handle notifications from apps.


Put useful tools right where you can easily get to them.


Learn how to add folders and files to the Dock.

Advanced Dock Techniques

Master your Mac with these advanced Finder tips.

Finder Advanced Tips

Instead of typing, you can speak to your Mac.


Learn to customize the menubar with your own shortcuts.

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
Security and Maintenance
6 Lectures 26:16

Learn to set up multiple user accounts for others who may want to use your Mac.

User Accounts

For guests or friends, set them up with a guest account before letting them use your Mac.

Guest User Accounts

The number one rule with any computer is to back it up. Use Time Machine to do this for your Mac.

Back Up with Time Machine

Learn about the new storage optimization features of Sierra.

Optimize Storage (New in Sierra)

Learn about how macOS protects you from malware.

Security Basics

Find out what to do when your Mac isn’t working properly.

Getting Help
Miscellaneous Topics
1 Lecture 06:08

Find out about some more new features in macOS Sierra.

What Else is New? (New in Sierra)
About the Instructor
Gary Rosenzweig
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Producer and Host at MacMost, Author, Developer

Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, software developer, and technology writer. He runs CleverMedia, Inc., which produces websites, computer games, apps, and podcasts.

CleverMedia’s largest site,, features more than 1,000 video tutorials for Apple enthusiasts. It includes many videos on using Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Gary has written more than 30 mass-market computer books, including the best-selling book My iPad, The MacMost Guide to Switching to the Mac, My Pages, ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University, and Special Edition Using Director MX. He also has self-published titles such as 101 Mac Tips and The Practical Guide to Mac Security.

Gary has a computer science degree from Drexel University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.