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What You've Learned

  • What all those items on the Desktop are.

  • How to make sure you are at the Finder.
  • What the Home folders are.
  • How to use Finder windows.
    • How to create new folders.
    • How to add or delete folders from the Sidebar.
    • How to change the views of windows and open items in those views.
    • How to use all the little buttons in the Finder window Toolbar.
    • How to select multiple items in a Finder window.
  • How to use the Dock; how to add, delete, and rearrange items in the Dock; and what all the icons represent.
  • How to throw items in the Trash and remove items from the Trash.
  • What the various disk items are.
  • Where on the hard disk the Home folders are located.
  • What the icons on the Desktop indicate.
  • What the Library folders are.
  • How to use Mac OS 9 with Mac OS X.
  • How to use contextual menus.
  • How to work with keyboard shortcuts.
    • What the modifier keys do.
    • Why some commands in menus are black and some are gray.
    • How to navigate the entire Desktop and Finder windows with the keyboard.
    • How to navigate the Save As and Open dialog box with the keyboard.
  • How to burn a CD or DVD.
  • How to use simple troubleshooting techniques.
    • When to restart and how to restart.
    • How to force quit an application.
    • How to delete a preference file.
    • When and how to check the Network preferences.
    • How to check for software updates.
    • When to create another user to test software problems.
    • What to do if you forgot your administrator password.
    • How to report crashes to Apple.
  • Where to learn more about Mac OS X.
    • Where to find tool tips.
    • How to recognize visual clues.
    • How to access the Help files for Mac OS X and for applications.
    • Where to find Apple's support pages.
    • Where to find the .Mac Learning Center.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Shift Command N

Make a new folder

Command W

Close the active window

Command Option W

Close all open windows

Command M

Minimize the active window

Command O

Open the selected folder, document, or application

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