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Answering top 5 questions Windows users generally ask about using OS X

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wiki osxAfter the spoilsport by Windows 8, Windows 10 is trying hard to resist but has, so far, not really been able to hook many users. A number of Windows users are moving to Mac these days, perhaps due to the attractiveness of Mac or the lackluster performance of Window 10.

Win users have many reasons to switch to Mac, seamless compatibility with iPad or iPhone, beautiful hardware, retina screen, incredibly powerful OS X which can be migrated from Yosemite to El Captain, etc. being a few worth mention.

Here today we’ll answer the top 5 questions generally asked by PC users who have moved, or plan to move, to the Mac OS. If you are exploring OS X for the first time then these answers will surely come handy for you.

1. How to right click on a Mac
One of the most frequently asked questions by Windows users is ‘how to right click on a Mac’. Due to the lack of buttons on Apple’s trackpad and mouse, new users are finding it difficult to right-click on a Mac. However, you can easily accomplish the process by using a few different methods. You can hold down the CTRL key while clicking, but it seems to be little awkward. Instead of using this, you can head to System preferences, then go to trackpad, and enable Secondary Click. Now you can tap two fingers on trackpad and the right-click menu will automatically appear.

If you want to make use of your magic mouse for right clicking then head to System Preferences, Mouse, and enable Secondary Click. It will automatically change the right side of your magic mouse button to the right click.

2. How to open Windows files on a Mac
Mac is able to open almost all Win PC files. Various media standard file formats like MP3, AVI, MOV, JPG, etc. are supported by both the Windows and Mac OS, so you need not really panic. For checking files received through an email, you can make use of Quick Look Option on the right side of the main email pane.

For WMV file, you will receive a message saying ‘this is not a movie file’. Though there is no fix for the problem as WMV files uses a Microsoft proprietary codec that does not run on a Mac, you can use other Mac-compatible WMV players like Fip4Mac Plugin, VLC Media player, etc.

3. How to sleep, log out, shut down on a Mac
Shutting down a system is pretty easier on a Mac than on Win. Click the Apple icon on the top-left corner of your Mac screen. This will show you a drop-down menu from where you can choose between the given options as per your convenience.

4. How to uninstall a program on Mac
If you are a Win PC user then you must be familiar with the Add/Remove function. Mac users can easily uninstall a program not needed anymore. You can simply drag and drop the application file from its location to ‘Move to Trash’ and the work is done. But if you are not running a Mac with the administrator account then you will be asked for an admin password to uninstall an app from your Mac.

5. How to find a program you want to open on a Mac
Mac has its own search feature called spotlight which helps you find any file, application or folder. You can either click the magnifying glass icon on the top-right corner of your Mac or hold CMD space and type the name of the program into the searchbar.

For El caption users, finding a file is much easier as they can use natural language to find items on a Mac.

So here’s to hoping that you find all the discussed answers fairly interesting and purposeful.


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