Some people will tell you that a Mac computer is the king of all of the other PCs out there. After all, it’s the most expensive; so it must be good, right? I’ve heard all kinds of things about Mac computers. They fight off viruses like Buffy fights off vampires. They’re smarter than Sheldon Cooper. They deliver Christmas presents to the kids of the world in just one night on December 24th. OK, maybe not the last one. But you get the picture; Mac computers are hard to beat. Tempted to join the Mac family? Here’s everything you need to know about owning one of these bad boys: Starting up Your Mac Starting up your Mac will be the first task that you’re faced with. It isn’t too difficult, but here’s what you should know. Running a software update may be the first thing you need to do. This is because OS X was more than likely installed a while ago when it was built, so now It’s time to get it back up to scratch. Make sure you keep on top of this when reminded. Take a look at your system preferences so that you understand your Mac a little more. Enable sharing preferences that you think you’ll want to use. Just go to Sharing Preferences and then select the options you like the sound of. Once you’ve made a few changes to your Mac, it can help to repair your disk permissions. Do this by heading over to your Hard Drive, before selecting Applications, Utility, and Disk Utility. Click Repair Permissions. It’s probably not fixing anything, but it helps after you’ve made a change to the way your machine works. Once you’ve done that, you can learn everything else you need to know about your Mac. People May Think You Have an Unhealthy Relationship With Your Mac People who own Macs often become Mac Geeks. You may realise this now that you’ve gone through the set up. The Mac is just so easy to use, that you’ll likely spend a lot more time on it than you would on a regular computer. This may lead people to think you have an unhealthy relationship with it. Well, forget them! You don’t need to listen to any negativity about you and your Mac. Although I would recommend getting some fresh air every now and again. OS X is Superior to Windows OS X is superior to Windows. You may have heard this before and questioned the truth in it, but I can confirm that it is indeed accurate. Want to know why? The Mac is built for the everyday user, and not for engineers. Windows uses a lot of technical speak; so it’s built by engineers for engineers. The plain English language and the speed of it make it so easy to get things done. The Mac is way more safe than a Windows PC. The number of viruses that Windows could potentially get rises daily, while the Mac has no common viruses aimed at it. Although there are no common viruses aimed at Mac, it still has better cleaning software available than Windows. This review might convince you. The Mac looks better than a Windows PC. Admit it, you think so too! Are we in agreement? Good. Now move on… You’ll Love the Keyboard Shortcuts There are many keyboard shortcuts to be enjoyed with a Mac computer. My favourites are Command-C for copy, and Command-V for paste. However, those are 2 of the easiest shortcuts ever. There are way more that you’ll probably enjoy using! Let’s take a look at a couple to start you off: Command-Spacebar opens the spotlight field for you. Command-Tab lets you take a look through all of your open applications and change to something else. Command-H hides the app window you’re using. Command-Shift-3 takes a screenshot of the whole screen. They are just some of the ultra fast and effective shortcuts you could be getting used to with a Mac! picture from flickr If you Have Secret Files, You Can Keep them That Way By using something called FileVault on the Mac, you can hide your top secret files and keep them that way. All you need to do is make encrypted disk imaged in Disk Utility. It’s really simple! Follow these steps: Start up Disk Utility. Go to File, New, Blank Disk Image and then type a name and save it. Choose the size you need. Select 128-bit AES encryption from the menu. Select read/write disk image from the drop down. Now select Create. Add a strong password, press OK and you’re done! This is a great idea if you have something such as wedding vows to keep secret from your other half. You can Make Your Mac even More Perfect for You We’ve established that Macs are the best looking machine out there, but you can customise yours to make it even more perfect for you. Take some of these tips to have it your way: Change the wallpaper. Change your default icons. Change your alert sounds. Set a screensaver. Customise your toolbar. This is just the simple stuff that’s really easy to do. There are all kinds of cool and complicated ways you can customise your Mac, but in a bid to keep this post short and sweet I’ll let you find those elsewhere! The Essential Apps for Mac There are some fantastic apps out there for your Mac that can seriously enhance your user experience. Here are some that I consider to be essential: Bartender – this app helps you to organise all of your other apps in a very simple way. You can try it first for free if you aren’t sure about shelling out for it. Cobook – this is an address book that’s a cut above the rest. It uses social media integration with fast search to really make getting in touch effective. Skitch – this app is a screen capture app. Sounds pointless, right? Well, you can easily share your images and annotate them with this app and Evernote. Dropbox – this app helps you to keep all of your devices in sync easily so you can access them anywhere. Download these apps and you’ll love what they can do for you. Did you enjoy this post? Leave a comment!