Tutorially: Mac Primer
This article is intended for people who are not used to using Macs (like Windows and Linux users) to be
able to understand somewhat-technical Mac-specific terms. This way, instructions (e.g., to a computer
science class or to someone receiving instructions on fixing a particular problem) can be understood without
extensive further explanation.
by Sean Zhu
Last updated: September 30, 2010
The Mac Desktop
Them e n u b a r is the bar at the top of the screen
Menus are the text items on the left. (in the screenshot below,! , Finder, File, Edit,… Help)
The second, bolded menu is the name of the active application (the application in front).
The left-hand-side items, except! , change depending on the active application.
Menu extras are the icons on the right of the menubar. Each icon is called a menu extra.