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A macOS 10.15 Catalina tutorial for beginners and PC users to serve as an introduction to using Mac computers and macOS.

The above macOS introductory video tutorial is geared towards PC users and beginners to Mac computers.

Mac computers are great tools and,  much of the time, more user friendly than Windows computers. That being said, if you’ve never used a Mac before, it’s important to learn how to navigate around macOS and how to perform basic tasks and operations.

Primary Features of macOS:

Finder

Finder is the macOS equivalent to Windows Explorer. It’s the application on Mac that is always running in the background and that allows users to interact with files and folders. By clicking on the Finder icon in the dock at the bottom of the screen, a window will appear that allows users to access the computer’s entire filesystem. Opening a Finder window on macOS is similar to opening My Computer on Windows.

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Finder Icon in macOS

Spotlight

Spotlight is a very powerful system search tool built-in to macOS. Users can access Spotlight on the right side of the top toolbar or by pressing the command key + spacebar. Spotlight searches files, folders, emails, applications – essentially anything on your computer. Users can easily get away with foregoing the use of folders by relying heavily on Spotlight.

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Spotlight Icon in macOS

App Store

The App Store provides a safe place for users to download software and games for macOS. Apple has very strict approval policies for applications published to the App Store. With that in mind, most of the software available in the App Store is safe to use and free of viruses. Some of the applications are free and others can be purchased. A benefit to purchasing software from the App Store is that you gain lifetime ownership. Your purchases will be attached to your Apple account and available for free reinstallation on a new computer.

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App Store Icon in macOS

Safari

Safari is a powerful web browser developed by Apple and preinstalled on all macOS computers. It competes with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in terms of speed, functionality and design. Like most modern web browsers, Safari features a fully fledged bookmarking system. Users can sync bookmarks across both macOS and iOS devices.

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Safari Icon in macOS

About this macOS Beginner’s Tutorial

The video above starts with a walkthrough of the macOS 10.15 Catalina user interface.  Information is presented regarding the Apple Menu, System Preferences, Spotlight and the Dock.  Viewers will learn how to use Finder to create folders and organize files. 

Topics covered in the Mac OS X tutorial include:

  1. Navigating the Mac desktop
  2. Using the Apple Menu
  3. Accessing System Preferences
  4. Searching with Spotlight
  5. Navigating to the macOS applications folder
  6. How to use the bottom toolbar
  7. Browsing the Apple App Store
  8. How to use and customize Finder in macOS
  9. Creating and renaming folders
  10. Deleting files on macOS
  11. An introduction to using Safari

After watching this tutorial users should feel comfortable navigating throughout the macOS system. Users should be able to create and delete folders, access the App Store and browse the web with Safari.

I plan on continuing to update and improve upon this introductory video to using the macOS operating system and am always open to suggestions for future tutorials.

If you’d like to learn more , I’ve created a macOS playlist on YouTube containing dozens of useful tutorials.

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