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1 Apple Mac Fundamentals: A Tutorial. Updated 24/4/2013 By Mac Thing Table of Contents: 1) The Macintosh HD 2) Your Home Directory 3) The Finder 4) The Finder, and your Desktop 5) Finder Windows 6) Customising the Finder 7) Files on your Desktop 8) itunes and iphoto Libraries 9) Your Mac OS User Account Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

2 The Macintosh HD Inside your Mac there is a hard drive: a metal box, which it uses for storing your files and folders. It physically looks something like the image to the right. Each new Mac already has Apple's Mac OS X Operating System (OS) preinstalled on this hard drive. It's this OS, when installed, that gives the hard drive a name. It calls it: Macintosh HD. The Macintosh HD The Folders inside the Macintosh HD To keep things organised, inside the Macintosh HD there's four main folders: Macintosh HD Applications System Library Users You ll only ever need to be concerned with two of these folders: Applications is where applications are stored, like itunes, iphoto, Microsoft Office, Contacts, Calendars, Mail..etc. Users is where you'll find your Home Directory: A folder typically with your name applied to it. And this Home Directory folder is your world, where all your photos, music & documents will live. We ll look at the Home Directory in detail next. The System and Library folders are reserved for the computer, where it stores files it needs to operate. You'll never need to be concerned with these folders. Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

3 Your Home Directory Inside the Users folder you ll find your Home Directory folder. And this is where all your files will live. Your Home Directory uses an image of a house as its icon (in other words, it s actually a folder, but dressed as a house). Macintosh HD Applications System Library Users Within your Home Directory there s a number of folders (see below). johnsmith Desktop Documents Downloads Movies Music Pictures Public You ll use the Finder to navigate your way around these folders. So lets take a look at the Finder. Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

4 About the Finder. Finder is an application that's running from the moment your Mac is ready to get to work. You can't Quit the Finder - it s always running in the background. You'll typically use the Finder every time you use your Mac, to manage your files, create new folders, rename items, and organise your files into folders - that s what the Finder s for. The Finder icon Two ways to access the Finder: Click anywhere on the Desktop (your Desktop forms part of the Finder). Click on the Finder icon in the Dock, far left. The Finder in the Dock How to know when you re in Finder. Look in the top left hand corner of the Menu Bar, just to the right of the Apple Menu. It should say, Finder, here. Finder is the active application. About Finder windows. A Finder window allows you to navigate your way around the Macintosh HD, your Home Directory, external hard drives, USB flash drives, and other computers that have made themselves available on your local network. It s here that you ll benefit from understanding the basic folder structure of the Macintosh HD, as discribed in the opening sections of this document. Three ways to open a Finder window. Access the Finder, as described above, then: Go to the Menu Bar, File->New Finder Window. Click the Finder icon located in the Dock. Hold down the Command key (z), and press N. A Finder Window Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

5 The Finder, and your Desktop Note the following features: The Desktop forms part of the Finder. And the arrow pointing to (2) tells us the active application is the Finder. 1. The Apple Menu The ever-present is where you would go to make system wide changes. The most important features here are Shut Down, and System Preferences, which allows you to change various settings, such as the date and time, or printers. Do have a good look around in here whenever you have a minute. 2. The Application Menu It currently says Finder, which tells us Finder is the active application. Keep an eye on this, because the Menu Bar (3) changes depending on what the current active application is. The Application menu allows you to change application-wide settings, by the application's Preferences window, and Quit the application. 4. The Dock The Dock allows for quick access to applications and folders. You can modify this to your own liking. Nothing actually lives in the Dock, they are all just shortcuts: if you remove an item it is not deleted, you can always add it back later. The Dock also tells us which applications are open: look underneath the Finder s icon, for example, and you'll see a small blue / white dot. 5. The Finder's icon in the Dock You can get quick access to the Finder by clicking its icon in the Dock. Like all applications. 6. The Trash can Put unwanted files here. Also, you can drag external hard drives to eject them before disconnecting (without fear of erasing their contents). Empty the Trash from the Finder Application menu. Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

6 Finder Windows Open a Finder window, and you ll be presented with something like this. Dividing the Finder window into its main components ) The Tool Bar. If you hover your cursor over any item on the Tool Bar for a second or so, you ll get a Tool Tip : a description of the items function. Do this to familiarise yourself, try each button. 2) The Sidebar. The Sidebar provides quick access to folders. You can modify it to your own preference (we ll look at doing this later). 3) The Right Panel. The contents of the selected folder are displayed here. How it s displayed is dependent on which View button you have selected in the Tool bar. A short book could be written on Finder windows. Becoming familiar with, and confident using all the features they offer, along with having a basic knowledge of the Macintosh HD folder hierarchy (as discussed previously), will enable you to work much more efficiently. Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

7 Home Directory items in the Sidebar. In the image below, in the red box, are folders that are located inside your Home Directory. Macintosh HD Following the path from the Macintosh HD, you can see where these folders are in relation to everything else. Applications System Library Users Your Home Directory Desktop Documents Movies Pictures Music Downloads The Applications folder in the Sidebar. In the image below, in the red box, is the Applications folder. As we ve seen before, the Applications folder is located just inside the Macintosh HD. Macintosh HD Applications System Library Users Devises in the Sidebar. You can also access any connected hard drives in the Sidebar, under Devices. Note the Eject button, just to the right of USB Drive. You ll want to click this before you disconnect any external drives. Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

8 Customising the Finder. Set all new Finder windows to reveal your Home Directory. If you re running the latest Mac OS, chances are when you open new Finder window, it reveals a list of 'All My Files'. This is a smart folder, which lists items from all over your computer, not just from one location. It can be helpful but, it s also confusing. You can change this so every time you open a new Finder window it presents you with your Home Directory. 1) Go to the Finder application menu, and choose Preferences. 2) See where it says, 'New Finder windows show:'? Click on the drop down menu here and change it to your Home Directory: It will typically have your name, with a house icon just to its left. Add your Home Directory to the Sidebar. Adding your Home Directory to the Sidebar allows for quick access when you need it. Still in the Finder s Preferences window, click on Sidebar at the top, and put a tick next to your Home Directory. Notice the following: a) The name of your current location at the top centre of the window. I m currently in my Home Directory folder, johnsmith. b) The contents of my Home Directory. c) My Home Directory in the Sidebar. Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

9 Show Path Bar We ve previously looked at the path you would follow to get from the Macintosh HD to your Home Directory. We can set a Finder window to display the path to your current location by revealing the Path Bar. In the Finder, go to the View menu, and choose Show Path Bar. Now you'll have this handy indication of your whereabouts at the bottom of every Finder window: Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

10 The Files on your Desktop. In the following screenshot I have a file on my Desktop called, My Notes (inside the red box). That file actually lives inside my Desktop folder, within my Home Directory, circled green. If I double click on my Desktop folder to see its contents :...I can see the file, 'My Notes'. Also note that the top of the window, (a) tells me I'm inside a folder called, 'Desktop'. In the Sidebar (b), Desktop allows me to quickly hop to my Desktop folder. And (c) gives me the full Path to my current location, and confirms I'm in my Desktop folder, inside my Home Directory, which is inside the Users folder, etc... Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

11 itunes and iphoto itunes and iphoto are applications that live inside the Applications folder. Macintosh HD Applications System Library Users itunes iphoto None of your music or photos live inside these applications. Instead, when either application is launched, it looks for its respective Library folder. And your itunes and iphoto Libraries reside inside your Home Directory. itunes and iphoto are Library Management applications (amongst many other things. But we won t go into that here). Gone are the days of manually managing these types of files. My Home Directory Just import your music / photos via the File menu->import, and rest assured those songs or photos have been copied (yes, duplicated) to its library within your Home Directory. itunes Library Music Pictures iphoto Library Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

12 Your Mac OS User Account. Don t be thrown by the word, Account. Your User Account has nothing to do with money, the outside world, or anything on the internet. This account is specific to your Mac, only. In order to do anything on your Mac you need to do so as a User. And that s where your User Account comes in. Your would have set up a User Account the very first time you switched on your Mac. When you create a User Account, your accompanying Home Directory will have been created automatically. Your Home Directory is intrinsic to your User Account. When you start using your Mac, whether you have to enter a username and password or not, you'll be logged in as a User. You can have multiple User Accounts on the same Mac, enabling you, and your family or coworkers, to have their own personalised, private work space and Home Directory. There's two main types of User Account: Administrator, and Standard. The Administrator account is allowed to install applications, and make system wide changes. The Standard type of account does not allow system wide changes. As an administrator of your computer, you should be aware of your Mac OS User Name and password. You can check your User Name by going to the Apple Menu (top left), and looking at the bottom, where is says 'Log Out name', where name is your User Name. The name of your Home Directory folder is usually a shortened version of your user name. You can take a look at your User Account, check, or change your password, and create additional User Accounts by going to: The Apple menu->system Preferences->System:Users & Groups (Or, on older versions of the Mac OS, Accounts). You ll need to click the lock, and enter your User Account password to make changes here. A good place to check your password. Apple Mac Fundamentals. Version

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