Mac Tutorial for Beginners - Switching from Windows to macOS

17 ต.ค. 2019
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A Mac tutorial for beginners and PC users showing how to switch from Windows to macOS. This tutorial covers all of the basics of using macOS including the following topics:
Navigating the Mac desktop: 00:19
Using the Apple Menu: 00:40
Accessing System Preferences: 01:22
Searching with Spotlight: 1:58
Using the macOS bottom dock: 03:02
Browsing the Apple App Store: 04:08
How to use and customize Finder in macOS: 07:02
Navigating to the macOS applications folder: 07:38
Accessing the documents and downloads folders: 08:20
Creating and renaming folders: 09:04
Moving and deleting files on macOS: 09:30
Customizing Finder preferences: 12:58
An introduction to using Safari: 14:39
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  • new user, thank u very informative

    sashe sashsashe sashวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I really enjoyed Windows and I miss it, but am now starting to use mac. I was terrified before watching this video. Thank you!

    Katherine CastleKatherine Castleวันที่ผ่านมา
  • New subscriber here love what your contents about I'm thinking about switching to a Mac

    Simple Sounds music InternationalSimple Sounds music International2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Can you connect your one drive to file folder system,

    Alicia BoyesAlicia Boyes2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My family, well I’m 13 rn, we first got our first apple device in 2011, ever since then we have always only used apple devices, UNTIL my sister got a hp spectre x360( i think), with a intel Pentium, and intel HD graphics, and it sucked, it had fans run on full speed just for watching a 1080p vid. She got it in like 2017, next device was of course the iPhone X, then the iPhone 11 Pro(the phones are my parent’s phones). Next just recently my sister got an a sus zenbook, with a core i5-10210u, and I got the new MacBook Air with the M1 chip(WHICH is TECHNICALLY my first laptop, since the last one I got broke in like a month.

    Not a lotNot a lot3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hi. I have a new Mac. I googled tutorials for new users and yours held my attention the longest. Everyone else talked extremely to fast for me. Thanks so much for the knowldge I acquired the very first time using your tutorial.

    Alfredia BaileyAlfredia Bailey4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Such a helpful video

    Rajat ChauhanRajat Chauhan4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I've been a Mac user for over eight years and still learned something here. Sort of like driving a car for years and not realizing that the radio has an FM band as well as AM.

    james R.james R.4 วันที่ผ่านมา
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    Abhilash SpartnaxAbhilash Spartnax5 วันที่ผ่านมา
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    abigail beyersdoerferabigail beyersdoerfer5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Im a window user an planning to change to Mac .Your tutorial video is very clear.

    Vangie RebotVangie Rebot6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What I always tell new users is that if they click on the red x in an application, they do not quit the application. (with a few exceptions). Especialy because with windows it does. I tell them that this is only done by command Q or the application menu quit.

    PatrickPatrick6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Very useful video indeed.

    Calm CoolCalm Cool6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is great! Wonderful job! Thank you. I just subscribed.

    Deb RealeDeb Reale7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hiya- does anyone know if Microsoft Teams can be installed on my MacBook? I’ve been trying and looking for ages. I would be so thankful if anyone could help.

    Ari EdwardsAri Edwards8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank U Anson - great tutorial for me, a Beginner :)

    Kathleen Ann van HeerdenKathleen Ann van Heerden8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Great video

    Louie The SwanLouie The Swan10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • love you

    RuhinuRapstwaraRuhinuRapstwara10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • When i am closing a tab using "x" ...The tab is still open on the bar at the bottom why?

    Alok KothiyalAlok Kothiyal11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I appreciate the quick pace of explaining! Thanks for the information, should be a bit better prepared for my new job now.

    Oliver PartridgeOliver Partridge11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • this was so well done, I hardly have words. Thank you!

    Word NerdWord Nerd11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank goodness for this tutorial. I was using MS-DOS before there was Windows, then I moved to windows. Now that I am in my later years my husband decided to buy a Mac and I'm pulling my hair out. I can see that it is not all that different from Windows but I am having trouble locating some of my files that I downloaded. To make things one step more complicated he also got the Mac with the M1 chip so maybe it's not that much different but I really wouldn't know. I hope there are subsequent tutorials on the Mac with the M1 thank you

    Julie PoulosJulie Poulos12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My new HP envy's screen popped off after 1 month of use and they refused to refund me so I'm getting a 2015 MacBook 12" bc the HP was 1000+ and now I'm broke

    Pastel Marshmallows!Pastel Marshmallows!15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Already having a Macbook Pro for last 3 yrs but still watching this :XD:

    Palak PurwarPalak Purwar16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Maybe make one for the Big Sur? I'm getting a MacBook Air M1 soon!

    Umar FarooqUmar Farooq17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you!!! Learned many tips that I did not know yet. Just started using a Mac. :)

    Peter NesePeter Nese18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How do you add/remove software? Via Apple store?

    The Wild OneThe Wild One18 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • You can do it via the App Store or just via the internet like for Windows. When installing apps downloaded for the internet you may need to enter your password in the security settings to override unidentified developers.

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexander16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • FANTASTIC and so very helpful. I am getting a new MAC this coming week...and now I feel I am quite familiar with the basics. You are a great instructor!! looking forward to more tutorials after I get the computer. THANKS

    mendolady1mendolady119 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How do you right click on the 2020 Macbook?

    ChelseaChelsea19 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Anson Alexander yes :) it’s called a “secondary click” on the Mac and I moved it to the bottom right corner. Thanks :)

      ChelseaChelsea16 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • You may need to go into trackpad settings and enable right click.

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexander16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thanks, Anson. Excellent introduction. I've had my MacBook Air for two weeks, and I have more questions: How do you right click? How does the touchpad work? Can I still use Word, Excel, and PPT without getting involved with Microsoft 365 and the Microsoft Cloud (with its own extra expense and hassles)? How can I permanently fix the delete key so it deletes backward, not forward? Must I always go thru Safari to reach my google apps? Can I trade a google calendar icon on the taskbar for a google calendar icon? Can I use my Mac with an old tv screen as a main screen? Why on earth doesn't my Mackbook Air have a touchscreen???

    Jim KeeneyJim Keeney19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I didnt see any difference from the first one.

    Daniel P. DalessandroDaniel P. Dalessandro19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • M1 brought me here😂.

    Daniel DueduDaniel Duedu20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you, I was about to pay for something like this on Udemy

    Anton OzzieAnton Ozzie20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Great video, thanks for the upload !

    LasithaLasitha20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Very helpful video for a guy that starts using Mac today.

    kenneth chenkenneth chen22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Very nicely explained,but is there a tutorial on the use of the FINDER

    Richard KhareRichard Khare24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Super easy to understand

    Monique & Johan WortelboerMonique & Johan Wortelboer26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Windows is so much better

    MJB mjbMJB mjb26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • you talk so fast

    Minh LêMinh Lê28 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I am sorry, some say I talk too slow. Remember to pause, rewind and maybe watch at .75 speed

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexander27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thanks for this!

    AnneAnne29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Many thanks Anson this was a great tutorial. I am a first time user to Macbook having been a windows person all my life. This has helped me so much.

    Tony KennedyTony Kennedy29 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I'm glad it was helpful!

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexander28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Excellent video! I'm about to move from PC to Mac and have been scouring the internet trying to find helpful sites/videos for further information. This was invaluable - thank you!

    Marie McLaurinMarie McLaurinหลายเดือนก่อน
    • I'm glad it was helpful!

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexander28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Great help

    Richard MoultRichard Moultหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Can i use ms office and other software in MacBook as I am university student and use mostly MS OFFICE and other software like pdf etc. Which laptop is best window or MacBook? Please guide

    Wisal AhmadWisal Ahmadหลายเดือนก่อน
    • MS makes a version of MS Office for Mac. Unless you have a very specific need for a Mac computer, like a course that requires Mac-only software, I fail to see the need to use a Mac.

      Jose Javier FloresJose Javier Flores25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Very useful video. Thank you very much Sir.

    Kamalesh PramanikKamalesh Pramanikหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I'm a long-term Windows PC user and I found this video most helpful in learning how to navigate on a Mac.

  • how to minimize all open window on my desktop ? like the bottom right button on windows

  • This is so far the most informative and condensed beginner tutorial for Mac. Thx

  • Thanks, this helps I am in education and with the pandemic everything is digital. Do you happen to have a video on downloading attachments from emails? We sent out Welcome emails that have a editable pdf but many parents don't know how to complete. We use Kami to have parents sign but that is only in Chrome. ╰(*°▽°*)╯

    Jacqueline KoopmanJacqueline Koopmanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thank you. My Mac Mini M1 got here yesterday evening, and I have found this video to be quite helpful. It took me from "Oh, cripes. How do I even start doing stuff on this machine?" to "OK, this isn't going to be that hard to learn". I really appreciate the time you took to make and post it.

    Paul BarwickPaul Barwickหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Thanks Paul, I'm glad you found it helpful. Enjoy the new computer!

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexanderหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Beautiful introduction Alex. Am planning to buy Mac and it helped me understand the difference and the similarities between Windows and Mac. You are best at using a simple way to explain and help beginner Mac users like myself grasp things fast. Thank you.

    Solomon WalgaSolomon Walgaหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Thanks Solomon, I'm glad it was helpful!

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexanderหลายเดือนก่อน
  • wow great tutorials for the 50+who just switched windows to mac. It was very annoying, i thought it was going to be like my ipad or my iphone, it's more complicated. i didn't even know how to right click, copy and paste, that i had to keep my cell next to me to surf how to do things on a mac. Was very frustrating and annoying and even thought of returning it. But it works well with our other devices, so i have to stick with it and learn. Your video was by far the easiest to understand for somebody who is not tech savvy. Thank you.

    julianne kristyjulianne kristyหลายเดือนก่อน
    • I'm glad you found it helpful!

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexanderหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Make a new video on Mac OS big sur

    Namit ShahNamit Shahหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I really want mac but the thing is. Money

    • @Aritra Maiti : lol how

    • I will give you one for free

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  • just got my m1 mbp thats why im am here

    Naman BajpaiNaman Bajpaiหลายเดือนก่อน
  • *Finally got my macbook air fixed remótely by "APPLETOOLZ" on insta gram he's the all time legend in fixed iOS device*

    olia Smitholia Smithหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thanks for the intro guide! I’m coming from windows into Mac for the first time outside of iPadOS and iOS. Can’t wait to feel more at home on my M1 Mac mini.

    • Happy to help!

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  • Exactly what I need; I am buying my first Mac. I have come to absolutely hate microsoft. ;-)

    Eileen Sammons TidwellEileen Sammons Tidwellหลายเดือนก่อน
    • I also brought my first iMac yesterday :)

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  • I’m getting a new Mac today. This was super helpful. Thank you, Anson.

    Tim HaasTim Haasหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Glad I could help!

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexanderหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Omg such an informational video and not a waste of time at all . Tnx

    Rayyan RoyaleRayyan Royaleหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I can use Iphone, Ipad, Apple watch and even Apple tv. But never Mac, no thanks, no grazie, non merci, I'm out, adiós.

    Amir MusaAmir Musaหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Ironically, MacOS and their computers are the only products I currently use from Apple. Pixel phone, smart TV and no current need for a watch or tablet...

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexanderหลายเดือนก่อน
  • thank you, that was helpful

    AB GhAB Ghหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Why people even need a tutorial for this? Can't they read English?

    • Well, some people are not used to Mac, and are very confused, I suggest you stop being immature and simply click off

  • Should I switch to a mac?

    Maricela GutierrezMaricela Gutierrezหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thanks

    JD Coding 101JD Coding 101หลายเดือนก่อน
  • This was very helpful, Thank you!

    Denise HornDenise Hornหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Very helpful

    Save the world LegendSave the world Legendหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I just bought a Mac and learning how to use it. This was very helpful.

    John MusaJohn Musaหลายเดือนก่อน
  • entering into a place where they use mac's xD

    gary 132gary 132หลายเดือนก่อน
  • my pc

    Vatziu & DebbieVatziu & Debbieหลายเดือนก่อน
  • wow very helpful

    Yasser AzzaniYasser Azzaniหลายเดือนก่อน
  • My first time to use a macbook.., this is helpful..!

    jarrod deomampojarrod deomampoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • does mac have its own y tube downloader already on a new machine ?

  • we cant install in pc?🤔🤔😪

    • @Anson Alexander what i see on THworld, users are saying that mac OS needs very High quality pc with high clarity display.. otherwise OS looks blury🤔🤔

    • You can but it's very touchy. A lot easier to install Windows on a Mac machine.

      Anson AlexanderAnson Alexanderหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Lifetime PC user now switching to Apple ecosystem. Happy.

    Billy DermishBilly Dermishหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 👍

    Dr Abbas UsmanDr Abbas Usmanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thanks, this tutorial has been extremely useful to me!

    Mobile UserMobile Userหลายเดือนก่อน
  • So helpful..One suggestion....slow down a bit when explaining and moving in between screens? I need to take notes and watch things several times. So iI'll be back for sure.

    Jeannie SeuffertJeannie Seuffertหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thanks. I.m new to Mac's. Finder preferences and clicking the unchecked. Exactly what I was looking for.

    Don WintermuteDon Wintermuteหลายเดือนก่อน
  • After watching this .... I am better off with my windows.... It looks more like a web application, not an operating system

    cool enoughcool enoughหลายเดือนก่อน
  • how do you do a ctrl F to search to search through a keyword in a file? and also I cant see the delete key and end key eg you was typing something and want to get to end of the sentence without using arrows & and delete anything on the left you'd usualyuse del

  • I can't stop hearing Gabe from the Office while watching this lol. Thanks for the video, it was helpful!

    Melissa MatteoMelissa Matteoหลายเดือนก่อน
    • He also plays the same character type in Silicon Valley, and is equally as polite and helpful.

      Dave ThaumavoreDave Thaumavoreหลายเดือนก่อน
  • May the the Linux maniacs be successful at destroying the mac and windows markets! Amen! Just a fun comment. No need to hate.

    Yimo AwanardoYimo Awanardoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thanks Anson, that was excellent and just what the Dr ordered, I have just made the move from Microsoft Windows to Mac and after 25 years of using Microsoft Windows you can imagine how lost I was until I spotted your tutorial, extremely helpful, you are a STAR sir and I thank you for taking the time to film the changes, much appreciated, take care & stay SAFE

    Brian CBrian C2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thanks! I just got the new M1 MacBook Air yesterday and I literally spent 20 minutes just staring at the screen trying to figure out how to install a program that I downloaded. I finally figured out that you just have to drag the icon an inch across the screen and drop it on the applications folder icon. My gosh.

    Light in the MailboxLight in the Mailbox2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Good video, thanks

    Christian NeureuterChristian Neureuter2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thank you, it was a really helpful video!

    Jarne Van HoyweghenJarne Van Hoyweghen2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Just got my Mac mini with the M1 chip. First time Mac OS user. Your video was very helpful. Thanks!

    quitemytempoquitemytempo2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Well that was great!!! Just got my iMac yesterday. I’m a little older so the learning curve is definitely there!! Thank you so much! This was a very informative video!

    Cecilia De LeonCecilia De Leon2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • How do you transfer all your Windows files to a mac? Do the mac apps handle word, excel files? How about media files, pics and videos? What kind of USB ports does the new Macbook Pro have, will it take my memory sticks, and my HP Passport external HD? How good is this new M1 chip? Please keep explanation simple as im not very technical. thanks.

    skizzy smithskizzy smith2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I learned a lot, thank you!

    ReesieRoo1ReesieRoo12 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • i have windows i want mac :(

    Drew's ChannelDrew's Channel2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Need an update for big sur

    Oniichan YameteOniichan Yamete2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Really helpful -- I'm trying to assist someone in getting used to and using their Mac. I don't have one, so it has been really difficult to imagine what he's seeing, and then telling him what to do to get where he wants to go. (1) Do you have any videos or suggestions on how to navigate on a Mac if his mouse doesn't work? Are there shortcut keys that can be used, like with Windows? (2) You mentioned using the right click to create a new folder; is there a separate icon or menu item to do so?

    Diana BakerDiana Baker2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • One other tutorial video please

    Yuvraj Singh-09Yuvraj Singh-092 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • There's no button to maximize the window? Two steps to do this function seems crazy.

    SamSam2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I’m not a beginner with macs but i’m watching this cuz i’m bored

    KarscapeKarscape2 หลายเดือนก่อน