If you have purchased a MacBook, and it is your first experience with Apple computers, expect to run into some troubles.
Even tech-savvy people have problems transitioning from MS Windows to macOS, for example. Thankfully, the transitional period does not take too long, especially if you prepare in advance and work out some of the basics to create a solid foundation.
This article will give you a rundown of the most important aspects you have to consider as a new Mac owner.
Overall, getting the feel of a MacBook’s keyboard will take time. Prepare to type often so that you become familiar with the layout of the keyboard. And if the integrated keyboard is not comfortable to use, you can also switch to an external keyboard, though it would also mean spending money on an extra computer accessory.
Learning keyboard shortcuts is also important. For instance, you will not find a print screen key on Mac’s keyboard. Instead, you will need to use a default keyboard shortcut for taking screenshots of both the whole screen and a portion of it. And that is just one instance of a keyboard shortcut on macOS.
Finally, if you wish to set up macros on the keyboard for more efficiency, remember that the AutoHotkey work with Mac is not the same as it is on Windows. You will need to install a third-party application to utilize this feature. TeaCode and Almighty are both good applications for this.
Considering how reliable MacBooks are in terms of their durability and longevity, you might feel reluctant to take enough care of the device.
Such an approach will cost you. Just because Macs are reliable, it does not mean that you can neglect the maintenance.
Sure, there are fewer worries about cybersecurity threats and potential hardware breakdowns, but you still need to make sure that there is enough free space on the drive.
The dust inside also leads to overheating and loud noises from the internal fans, so clean the dust regularly.
Then there are problems like too many startup items or background processes. For the latter, use Activity Monitor to identify redundant resource hogs and eliminate them.
Finally, be sure to enable automatic system updates so that your macOS is up to date and is not missing new features or latest performance upgrades.
A MacBook is perfectly fine to use by itself without accessories. However, some users still find that their experience improves if they introduce some accessories.
A mouse that replaces the trackpad is one of the most popular choices. It is no secret that people prefer a mouse over a trackpad for the sake of comfort.
A means to listen to audio is another area that can be improved on a Mac. Investing in a pair of AirPods allows you to enjoy audio in high quality without relying on the integrated speakers that can feel a bit scuffed, not to mention that they can be distracting if there are other people around.
If you plan to get accessories for your MacBook as well, make sure that you spend money on accessories that are actually compatible. Apple’s products are pretty exclusive when it comes to compatibility, and you often have to pay a premium price not just for the main products but their accessories as well.
One of the best things about MacBooks is the tools that are part of macOS. One example is Spotlight, that you can utilize as a search engine and calculator.
Siri, which you should already be familiar with if you have an iPhone, is also available on a MacBook. Using a digital assistant for simpler tasks makes your day easier. And as there are new macOS updates, they also introduce additional features to Siri.
Besides integrated tools, it is also worth checking out the official App Store. Third-party sites might have good apps that you find interesting, but remember that they are a bit sketchy, and sticking to the official section approved by Apple makes more sense.
In general, MacBooks are pretty restricted when it comes to customization. The user interface is quite intuitive, so there is not necessarily any need to introduce changes from your side.
On the other hand, if you still want to modify the UI, there are basic options, such as changing the background image.
Moving the Dock from the bottom of the screen to one of the sides is also a possibility. If nothing else, you can try different things with the user interface yourself and see whether they make for a better overall MacBook experience.
To sum it all up, these 5 things mentioned in the article should be enough to create a solid foundation for new MacBook owners.
Remember that even if you struggle with your new device early on, it is to be expected, and things will seem easier after a while so long as you continue using the MacBook.