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So I finally "crossed to the darkside" as my buddies are telling me and bought a Mac. Problem is, before two days ago, I had NEVER EVER even looked at a Mac, never mind used one.

So now I need help. I know no other mac owners as all my people pc folks. I started searching for apple training videos online and found a site called Mac Video Training that seems to be alright. The videos look good but before I spend the money, does anyone else know of mac training-type videos like these? Easy to follow for the totally Mac-newbie like me? I mean, I know nothing about this machine and other than exploring it forever, I want to start learning specific software right away.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated.
 

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Oh hell just dive in and play.

Right in your help menu at the top of your desktop is a ton if good info much of it interactive and all can be searched and topics expanded.

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Mac Help
What's New in Leopard?
Check out great new features.

About the Finder
The Finder manages files, applications, disks, network connections, and devices such as printers.

Exploring Mac OS X
If you're new to Mac OS X and want to explore, this is a good place to start.

SOLVING PROBLEMS
Connecting to the Internet
Using and remembering passwords
More topics...
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Apple
Every program then has the same kind of extensive Help menu

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Safari Help
About Safari
Learn how to use Safari for browsing, searching, and maintaining privacy and security.

Solving problems
Trouble? Check here for answers.

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http://www.apple.com/mac101 - specifically aimed at Windows refugees.

Second suggestion -- a book. "Switching to the Mac - The Missing Manual" (Leopard Edition) by David Pogue. Available at all good online and offline bookstores.

Third suggestion -- locate and join your local Mac User Group. Go to google, type "(name of city, region or province) Mac User Group" and you'll generally find a link.

If not, let us know where you are and we'll happily track down the nearest resources for you.

More here: http://www.ehmac.ca/mac-ipod-help-t...-mac-mac-help-apple-support-mac-pro-tips.html
 

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So I finally "crossed to the darkside" as my buddies are telling me and bought a Mac. Problem is, before two days ago, I had NEVER EVER even looked at a Mac, never mind used one.

So now I need help. I know no other mac owners as all my people pc folks. I started searching for apple training videos online and found a site called Mac Video Training that seems to be alright. The videos look good but before I spend the money, does anyone else know of mac training-type videos like these? Easy to follow for the totally Mac-newbie like me? I mean, I know nothing about this machine and other than exploring it forever, I want to start learning specific software right away.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated.

lynda.com has a number of video tutorials.

screencastonline. com has some as well.

Both of the above are paid services however - as others have mentioned, there are some very good free tutorials on the Apple site.

You might also want to go to Switchmac.Com - this is a blog site of a gentleman who is switching so you might find his content particularly relevant.

There a couple of podcasts that you may want to consider. They are free of course: typical mac user and maccast.

Lastly, there is a bundle that includes some of the basic tutorials from screencastonline and some great software ( including 1password and textexpander). I believe that the cost is US$49. Mac Switcher Bundle: Essential Software for Your New Mac
 

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While holding down the Command key (either side of your spacebar) and clicking on the Tab key, you'll see a set of icons of all of the applications you are currently running.

Use that to switch over to your Finder (the picture of the square box with a smiling face inside, used to be known as a Happy Mac). Go to the menus at the top, select Help. From inside the Help menu, select 'Mac Help'.

A window will open up and inside it you should see:

What's New in Leopard?

About the Finder

Exploring Mac OS X

Select the last one. Take your time and work your way through it.

Some of it will be information that you don't need on a daily basis (i.e. System Profiler). Even as a guy who has been using Macs off and on for the past 24 years (I missed 1984, started in 85), I find myself using the online help more and more to learn about things that I never used before, or things that I haven't used in a while.

The best part is that it is with your computer at all times.
 
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