Using Mac OS X for Windows Users or complete beginners
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Using Mac OS X for Windows Users or complete beginners

Whether you're new to Mac OS X or you're moving from Windows, you'll finish this course with a satisfied smile!
4.6 (12 ratings)
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105 students enrolled
Created by David Griffith
Last updated 10/2013
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the similarities and differences between Mac OS X and Windows
  • Be able to navigate around the Mac and carry out the tasks you need to complete with ease
  • Be aware of many extraordinary features that are contained in Mac OS X that are often overlooked
  • Get the most from your Mac and OS X!
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  • Access to a Mac running OS X would be useful but not required

This course is intended to assist those that are currently considering moving from the Windows operating system to using Mac OS X. This move often causes concern and confusion leaving people apprehensive about making the decision to move and worrying about potentially investing a lot of money in hardware that they are afraid they mightn't be able to use. This course will allay those fears and demonstrate clearly what the similarities and differences are and how anyone can make a smooth transition from one operating system to the other, regardless of their skill level.

The course is delivered using screen recordings of both Mac and Windows environments, comparing the two and showing step by step how to complete tasks using Mac OS X that you would be familiar with on Windows.

The course is divided into 6 sections and will take less than 3 hours to complete. Each section is divided into lectures, most of which average 4-6 minutes in duration.

If you are considering making the move to Mac OS X, or have already done so and you are struggling with some basic differences, this is the course for you! By the time you have completed the course, you will be comfortable with your Mac and be glad you made the decision to move!

Who is the target audience?
  • Those considering moving to Mac OS X
  • Those that have purchased a Mac and are struggling with the differences
  • No experience necessary, but knowledge of Windows is a bonus
  • Those with Windows knowledge and some basic computer skills will benefit most
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
Introduction & History
3 Lectures 21:18

A short introduction which tells you a bit about me and my background, as well as a quick overview of what this course is about and how it will be taught.

Preview 02:25

Some history of the competition between Apple and Microsoft, how Windows and Mac OS X developed and why Mac OS X is the operating system to choose!

A Mini History Lesson - The Mac vs Windows Debate

Common questions that people ask when considering making the change to Mac and the honest answers that you've been looking for!

Common Questions & Answers
Key Concepts & Similarities
3 Lectures 10:59

This lecture covers the basic techniques of right clicking and scrolling which are common to both Mac and Windows, as well as some set up and configuration of the default Mac installation.

Right-Clicking & Scrolling

This lecture covers the basic configuration of your desktop so that it looks similar to your Windows desktop and is more usable.

Desktop Configuration

This lecture covers many of the basic features and functions of both operating systems that are similar and easy to identify.

Key Similarities & Familiar Items
The Finder & Desktop
9 Lectures 31:37

This lecture covers the important differences in modifier keys between Windows and Mac.

The Command Key vs The Alt Key

This lecture takes a tour of the Finder in Mac OS X and compares and contrasts it with Windows Explorer.

The Finder vs Windows Explorer

This lecture takes a look at the Dock in Mac OS X and compares and contrasts it with the Taskbar in Windows.

The Dock vs The Taskbar

This lecture looks at the different ways of viewing your folders and files in the Finder in Mac OS X and compares and contrasts it with the same tasks in Windows Explorer.

Viewing Files using Finder Windows

This lecture takes a closer look at a common Windows feature known as "Folders First" sorting and examines the options for doing this in Mac OS X.

Sorting with "Folders First"

This lecture looks at the concept of the Location bar in Windows and demonstrates the equivalent feature in Mac OS X, while also taking a brief look at the powerful search capabilities in Mac OS X called Spotlight.

The Location Bar & Spotlight

This lecture examines the method of inspecting properties in Windows and how to do this in Mac OS X.

Properties vs Get Info

A common source of frustration for people changing from Windows to Mac is the "maximise" button. It works differently in Mac OS X and this lecture explains how.

Maximising Windows

This lecture provides a comparison of the quick access icons in Windows and Mac OS X and where to find them.

Quick Access Icons
Key Differences Highlighted
6 Lectures 48:06

The concept of the menu bar and how it functions in Mac OS X is one of the main points of confusion for users coming from Windows. This is probably one of the most important lectures in the whole course.

The "Persistent" Menubar

This lecture explores the Apple Menu and how it compares to the Windows Start Menu.

Preview 08:05

In this lecture, we look at the System Preferences in Mac OS X and how it compares to the Control Panel in Windows.

System Preferences vs Control Panel

This lecture discusses Wifi on the Mac and how it compares with using Wifi on Windows.

Airport means Wifi

In this lecture, we look at how Mac OS X handles printing and scanning and how it compares to Windows.

Print & Scan Setup

This lecture covers the concept of System Authentication in Mac OS X, what it is and when it is used. It is a key security feature of Mac OS X.

System Authentication
Advanced Topics
7 Lectures 40:17

This lecture discusses the differences in how your write paths in Mac OS X and various special folders that are used by the system or protected in some way.

Path Naming & Special Folders

This lecture looks at how to connect to network resources from Mac OS X and compares this with the procedure used on Windows.

Accessing Network Resources

This lecture discusses how to configure the Ethernet and Wifi interfaces on your Mac and where to find the relevant settings that you may be looking for.

Network Interface Management

This lecture discusses how to tell Mac OS X about the monitors that are connected and how to arrange them so logically so that the configuration matches you physical display configuration. It also touches on Airplay Mirroring.

Using Multiple Monitors

This lecture looks at how to tell Mac OS X which disk it should start up from and what to do in an emergency situation where your internal hard disk stops working.

Setting the Startup Disk

This lecture covers the differences between Force Quit and Activity Monitor on the Mac as compared with the Task Manager on Windows.

Force Quit vs Task Manager

This lecture looks at the various sharing options on the Mac, from File Sharing to Printer Sharing and Internet Sharing.

Sharing Files, Printers and More
Cool Mac Features Showcase
1 Lecture 19:03

This lecture introduces some of the most amazing extra features that are included for FREE with Mac OS X. Covered in this lecture are things such as:


App Store


Time Machine

Mission Control & Multiple Desktops

Fast User Switching

ZIP & PDF Integration with the Mac OS

Airport & Bluetooth


Simply Amazing Mac Features That You Get For Free
1 Lecture 01:32

Course conclusion and summary. Contact details for the instructor.

About the Instructor
David Griffith
4.6 Average rating
12 Reviews
105 Students
1 Course
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My background is in the IT industry, having more than 25 years experience in a wide range of IT services. I am a programmer primarily but also have extensive knowledge and experience in service, support, sales, business management, web design and development as well as many other areas.

I've been using Macs for nearly 30 years and also have extensive experience with Windows, having owned and run a busy IT business in the south of Spain for many years. I was born and educated in Ireland but I've travelled extensively and gained vast experience from time spent in many parts of the world such as Australia, Spain, Ireland and the US.

I also run an online Mac support service which includes a comprehensive blog with tips and tricks for Mac, iPhone and iPad users. I love to teach people about the Mac and to encourage people to move to Mac OS X. Those that take my advice always come back to say how happy they are that they made the decision to move to Mac. Clearly I am a Mac evangelist and love my Apple products!