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Navigating OS X

Navigating OS X

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Navigating OS X
When you wanted to find something in OS 9, you would double-click yourMacintosh HD icon. From there, you would proceed to open folders until youfound the file or application you wanted.In OS X, this process works the same way it did in OS 9. As a matter of fact,there is a quicker method of opening Finder's browser window than double-clicking the hard drive icon. All you have to do is click once on the Finder icon inthe Dock. This will bring up a window that looks like this:You will notice the mouse pointer on the image above. Clicking on this buttonalways switches the window to Icon View. Clicking on the second button willswitch it to List View, as seen below:Both
Icon View
and
List View
were present in OS 9. OS X no longer offersbutton view. Yet, OS X has one new useful view to offer, called Column View,which is set by clicking the third button, as seen below:
 
 In Column View, clicking on a hard drive icon or folder will expand the contents ofthat folder into a second column, and selecting a folder in the second column willexpand its contents into a third column and so on. This mode essentially createsa "folder tree," rather than opening each folder in a new window.You will also notice that in OS X, by default, each folder opens in the samewindow. If you would like each folder to open in a new window, as in OS 9, youcan select this option by opening the Finder menu and clicking Preferences.Check the box next to Always open folders in a newwindow.
Window options
The red button on the far left of the finder window closes the window.The yellow button on the left of the finder window minimizes the window to thedock.The green button on the left of the finder window maximizes the window.
Apple Menu Items
Below is a list of every standard Apple Menu Item and its function.
About This Mac:
Brings up a window containing information about what versionof OS X you are using, how much RAM (memory) your computer has, andprocessor specifications.
Get Mac OS X Software
...: Takes you to the Downloads section of Apple'swebsite. (Computer Support asks that you contact them (X.3832) before installingany software on a Biola owned computer.)
 
System Preferences
: Opens the System Preferences application. Samefunction as clicking on the System Preferences icon in the Dock.
Mouse Setup:
Secondary button
Dock:
Moving your mouse pointer over Dock will bring up a menu with a fewDock preference items, as well as a link to the Dock System Preferences.
Location:
Allows the user to select from a list of locations, like the LocationManager in OS 9. Locations are set up in the Network System Preferences. Withquestions regarding locations, contact Computer Support at x.3832.
Recent Items:
Shows a list of all recently opened files and applications for quickaccess.
Force Quit:
Opens the Force Quit window, displaying all open applications. If anapplication freezes, you can open this window and select to Force Quit any singleapplication without affecting the others. Typing Command+Option+Esc. on thekeyboard also brings up the Force Quit window.
Sleep:
Puts your computer into sleep mode. You can wake it by hitting a key onthe keyboard.
Restart...:
Restarts the computer. A confirmation window will pop up beforerestarting.
Shut Down...:
Shuts the computer down. A confirmation window will pop upbefore shutting down.
Log Out...:
Logs you out of your account. A confirmation window will pop upbefore logging you out.
The Dock
OS X has a feature called the Dock. The Dock is very similar to the “AppleMenu” items of OS 9 and earlier and the “Start Bar” or “Task Bar” on windowssystems.The Dock serves as a quick launch area that holds shortcuts to applications andfolders on the computers hard drive. By default the Dock is located at the bottomof the screen.

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