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Microsoft’s Windows XP successor, Windows Vista launched today. As it seems some in the world of blogging feel, it should be driving more people than ever to the OS X platform. Sure, that’s poking some fun at Microsoft, but behind every joke there’s some truth… Anyhow, […]

Microsoft’s Windows XP successor, Windows Vista launched today. As it seems some in the world of blogging feel, it should be driving more people than ever to the OS X platform. Sure, that’s poking some fun at Microsoft, but behind every joke there’s some truth…

Anyhow, in preparation for our newly saved brethren, I’d like to ask our talented and insightful readers for some feedback. So we’d love to hear either of the following in the comments:

- The Top Five things you think every Windows User (new to OS X) should be told
– The Top Five things you wanted to know when switching from Windows to OS X

Hopefully We can put together a nice thread for the growing tide of Mac owners.

  1. The Top Five things every Windows User should be told

    1. If your company uses Microsoft Exchange for shared calendaring, Entourage will not be suitable. It’s absurd, but for corporate uses, you should run Outlook on XP on Parallels.
    If this computer is for personal use, or your company does not use Microsoft Exchange for calendaring, ignore comment.

    2. There is no Alt+Tab equivalent. This can and will drive you nuts sometimes… you should download and install Peter Maurer’s (free) Witch. Don’t ask why, just download and use it.

    3. Closing all windows of an application — say, Microsoft Word — does not in turn quit the application.

    4. Search really works: it works well, it works quickly. Whenever you want anything, just press (Open Apple) + (Space Bar). The whole notion of navigating through folders is generally antiquated with OS X (also, purportedly, with Vista — but this is an OS X post, so).

    5. Save your fingers on laptops: to “right-click”, put two fingers on the trackpad, and click; to scroll up and down a web page (or any page), put two fingers on the trackpad and slide them up and down.

    Welcome to the “light” side.

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  2. Trade vulnerabilities for no back-delete key, fair enough?

    OK, nothing is perfect but after having used Windows, OSx is an oasis.

    1- Learn to close your applications not by clicking on the red button that sports an x in the upper left hand corner but by clicking on File then Quit or the Apple/Command key and Q.

    2- Simply burn your back up by dragging files into the mounted fresh CD-rom and hot the burn icon.

    3- Download Firefox and Camino, and why not Opera to see how you can use them in conjunction to Safari

    4- If you’re really, really scared, go out and buy MS Office, if not, download Open Office. If you’re a little more computer savvy, check out the online version or Google’s.

    5- Relax, it’s Unix. Get your RSS feeds going and fetch all the serious Apple bloggers out there.

    Finally, welcome ;)

    They were also the top five things I wanted to know.

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  3. Victor Johnson Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    The Top Thing HWH from the post above should know:

    1. There is an Alt+Tab equivalent. It’s called Apple+Tab. Wow…

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  4. HWH is referring to Alt-Tab switching between document windows vs. the Mac switching between applications. A fair amount of difference between the behavior of Windows and Mac is that Windows is document oriented while the Mac is application oriented.

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    1. In Windows Ctrl-Tab switches between document windows. Alt-Tab switches between application.
      In Apple Command-Tab switches between applications

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  5. To switch between windows within the same application try apple+~. It’s right above the tab key.

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  6. Ricki Vester Gregersen Jensen Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    Well the shortcut no one seems to know is apple +

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  7. Or use Witch (http://www.petermaurer.de/nasi.php?thema=witch) to configure application/window switching.

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  8. apple+~ works great!
    I must say, shortcuts in Mac OS X are far more advanced than in Windowns.
    Also, F10 switches to Expose where it is possible to navigate between windows with arrow keys.

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  9. WARNING:
    When you drag a dir A into dir B that allread contains dir A. Dir A will be replaced, NOT merged!!!

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  10. You guys are awesome; this is just what I need!! Thanks!!

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