Mac Quick Reference for New Users – Or Your Mom and Dad

mac tipsI am leaving my dad, a very novice computer user, Home Alone with my iMac. Like many older parents the popular light, small fonts of today (except WordPress – thanks for your usability!) make it hard for him to read and navigate the sites he likes.

He uses Windows and so some things about the Mac don’t “just work” for him. In case you know of people in the same boat, I wanted to share my key quick tips for new Mac users.

Tip for you, the computer expert:

  • Install Firefox to avoid website compatibility issues.
  • Set a few tabs as the default in the browser so your “end user” who you’re helping out can quickly go to the sites they like best.
  • Put a postit with an arrow pointing to the Firefox icon so it’s easy for your “end user” to find.

MAC QUICK TIPS

HOW TO INCREASE TEXT SIZE ON WEBSITES SO THEY’RE EASIER TO READ:

  1. Click VIEW at the top of the screen
  2. Scroll down and click TEXT SIZE
  3. Then move your mouse and select INCREASE

    Unfortunately you need to do this every time you re-start the Firefox browser after closing it.

HOW TO OPEN A NEW TAB IN THE BROWSER

  1. Click FILE at the top left
  2. Click NEW TAB

IF THERE IS NO WIRELESS CONNECTION

This sometimes happens if the computer falls asleep. You simply need to “refresh” the connection.

  1. At the upper right click the image that looks like an antenna signal
  2. Pick TURN AIRPORT OFF from the menu
  3. Then click the antenna signal again and pick TURN AIRPORT ON
  4. If all goes well it will automatically connect to your wireless.

IF ALL WINDOWS SUDDENLY SHRINK

  1. Click the Firefox window
  2. OR click the orange Firefox icon which will make the window come forward

IF FIREFOX GOES AWAY AND YOU CAN’T FIND IT

  1. Click the orange Firefox icon. This will make the window come forward again.
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