4 tips for moving from Windows to Mac

Have you ever wondered which product is the main product in the Apple ecosystem? An amateur will tell you that this is an iPhone, a person who knows – a Mac. Yes, the smartphones of the Cupertinos are really very popular. But only Mac will allow you to understand the whole philosophy of this company and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of apple products. Why do we love Apple technology? For the high speed of work, the absence of a mountain of settings and various micro-pods. Mac experience proves that a computer can never lag. Greetings to all newly minted owners of the best computers on planet Earth, we have prepared this material especially for you.

Moving from Windows to Mac will be a celebration for you.

I switched to macOS not so long ago, and have hardly used any other computers before. The thought was firmly in my head: why, if the iPhone or iPad can cope with any task that I might need. With the purchase of a new MacBook, everything changed. I would rather leave my iPad at home than my Mac. And the point here is not at all in size. In other matters, over time, you will definitely understand me.

I am the proud owner of a brand new MacBook.


  • 1Keyboard shortcut on MacBook
  • 2AirDrop on Mac
  • 3Apple trackpad or mouse
  • 4How to use the Finder

Keyboard shortcut on MacBook

If you’ve only used Windows computers before (most likely you are), you know exactly what Cntrl + C and Cntrl + V are. Yes, I’m talking about keyboard shortcuts. There are a lot of them on the Mac. In general, the whole system is built on this. You can familiarize yourself with the combinations on the official website , there are a lot of them.

Keyboard shortcuts on your MacBook are a must for quality work.

Of those that I use, I can highlight the following:

  • Command + C – Copy the selected item
  • Command + V – Paste the copied element
  • Command + Z – Undo the previous action
  • Command + A – Select All Elements
  • Command + F – Search for a file or text in a document
  • Command + M – Minimize the current window to the Dock
  • Command + S – Save Any Document Type
  • Command + Shift + S – Save any document type as
  • Command + Shift + 3 – Screenshot of the entire screen.
  • Command + Shift + 4 – screenshot of part of the screen.
  • Command + P – Print the current document

They work not only in macOS in general, but in every single program. It may take a while to learn them, but they are definitely worth it. I dug around on the net and found a great life hack for this case – the CheatSheet application.

With this utility, you can find out all Hotkeys for any program for your Mac. To do this, just hold down Command for a few seconds and a window will immediately appear on the screen with various combinations for a specific application. Once you know what you need, just release Command and the window will disappear.

AirDrop on Mac

AirDrop is a rescue tool for transferring large amounts of data.

Since 2016, all MacBooks have lost USB-A connectors for flash drives and peripherals. They were replaced by the revolutionary USB-C. Then users took it with hostility, but this is how Apple taught us all to exchange files wirelessly. If you bought a Mac, chances are you also have another Apple product: an iPhone or iPad. So, using AirDrop (analogue of Bluetooth), you can send any files at a very high speed.

When I first tried the feature on my laptop, there was no end to the surprise. Just imagine, I downloaded an 18 GB video file to my iPhone in just 5 minutes. I could only dream of this. Even with a wire on Windows, the procedure would have taken much longer, let alone over the air.

To use AirDrop on Mac, you need to:

  • Find the file you want to transfer.
  • Press with two fingers on the trackpad.
  • Select Share, AirDrop.
  • Find the device you need.
  • Tap on the icon.

Select the required contact from the menu and send the file.

Thus, you can transfer not only individual files, but entire folders. It is very convenient to use this, especially since Files on iPhone and iPad are becoming more functional lately. The only thing that is unpleasant is that AirDrop periodically jams .

Apple trackpad or mouse

Another important tip is to skip buying and using a mouse. Well, at least try it. Yes, Magic Mouse is the best mouse I’ve seen. But the trackpad is still better. Again, carefully study all the gestures on the official website and you will be happy.

A Windows user cannot imagine buying a trackpad for a lot of money.

In principle, every user will come to this over time, but it is much better to prepare for the blows of fate in advance. Plus, if you own a MacBook, the trackpad will always be with you. There is no need to carry a mouse, which means that space will be freed up in your already lightweight backpack.

How to use the Finder

On Windows laptops, we have long been accustomed to the My Computer shortcut, where everything is divided into disks and folders. On Mac, the analog is Finder. Only here everything is easier. The system hides access to system files so as not to distract you from your work. Therefore, the entire explorer is divided into several sections. For the most part, we are only interested in Downloads.

Cleanliness and order in Finder is a success in life.

Here I store all folders, having previously divided them into tags. Tags are a way to organize data and make it easier to find. They are initially listed in the sidebar in the Finder and are presented as colored markers. For myself, I chose that red is work, blue is creativity, green is study. Now it’s a thousand times easier to navigate through files. Plus, Finder has a lot of keyboard shortcuts too, check it out .

The rest will be quite easy to figure out. Just do the same as on the other computer. Apple’s operating system is extremely clear and lightweight. And if you have any difficulties, feel free to write to our Telegram chat . We will definitely help you with a big friendly family.

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