A Beginner’s Guide to Mac: Navigating Within Applications

Welcome to the third article in the series. We’ve already protected some of the basics in the first articles, and in this one we are going to flow on to talk about packages. Applications are the constructing bricks of your new Mac. The working machine, Snow Leopard, is the inspiration on which applications build capability that permits you to use your laptop to satisfy your desires. Your web browser is an utility, your e mail consumer, your phrase processing or spreadsheet device; programs create a area to your laptop where you could get matters done.

All packages have some matters in not unusual, and that’s wherein we’re going to begin. You will understand by using now that you could locate all your applications within the folder named Applications in your house folder. If you need a reminder genuinely click the Finder icon in your dock, and click on the Applications folder from the left-hand navigation menu titled Places. By default, it is below your computer’s call, which you selected whilst you first unfolded your Mac. On my laptop that is called Stu.

For this example, we’re going to paintings with the Calculator. Find Calculator within the Applications folder and open it. Let’s communicate approximately the layout of every software first. You will notice that whilst your paintings in an application the top menu bar, in which amongst different things the Apple emblem, clock, and battery status may be discovered, modifications. In Calculator, the menu shows the subsequent alternatives: File, Edit, View, Convert, Speech, Window, and Help. Actually the best menu options which are specific to Calculator are Convert and Speech, the others are common throughout all programs.

Let’s explore what is underneath the hood of every of these menu gadgets. Under the File menu, which you could reveal via clicking on File, are a list of instructions that relate to the way you report your paintings in the application. In Calculator you can Close, Save Tape As, Page Setup, and Print; however, in different programs together with OpenOffice, this listing will be an awful lot more vast and consist of alternatives to Save As, Export, upload a Digital Signature and more.

In the Edit menu, you may see a list of commands that relate to editing the file or file which you are working with. You can reduce and paste, reproduction, undo or redo, and insert unique characters.

In the View menu, you’re given options on how the utility is displayed on the screen. In the Calculator example you may switch between scientific and basic calculators, however again if you are phrase processing you can control which Toolbars are displayed at the pinnacle of the screen, or whether a ruler is displayed at the pinnacle and facet of your file.

The Window menu has been included in Article 2, but as a refresher, it permits you to replace among all of the one of a kind home windows which might be open on your laptop for that utility. For instance, when you have spreadsheets open and are evaluating data you can toggle among the 2 by using clicking Window and deciding on the call of the sheet you desire to look. Article 2 mentioned using Expose to hurry up this procedure.

The Help menu has a search container where you could search for the assist on a selected problem, and it has a help manual this is in particular associated with the utility you are the use of, including Calculator help.

The closing menu alternatives in Calculator relate to that application simplest. Convert is a menu that allows you to transform currencies, weights, distance etc.; and the Speech menu enables you to apply Speech commands, and feature the Calculator speak the result of a calculation.

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The one final menu that we haven’t discussed is located beneath the name of the application inside the pinnacle left-hand corner of your display, simply to the proper of the Apple emblem. If you click on name, Calculator, for example, you’ll see About, Hide and Quit options, and in other packages, you will additionally see a Preferences choice. Preferences are in which we manipulate some of the personalization capabilities of the application, in Firefox options consist of what your Homepage is, and how the content material of a page is displayed. In Mail, the possibilities menu is wherein you go to add an additional e mail account.

We will cowl Preferences in the extra element as we have a look at character applications, but for now, it’s just critical which you apprehend in which it, and the other menu commands, are.