Mac OS X Guide
Web Resources Software Definitions
Free Online Mac OS X tutorial http://www.atomiclearning.com Carbonized - Will run on both OS 9 and OS X.
Apple OS X Website http://www.apple.com/macosx
Classic Mode – Some software will not run at all
Apple Support http://www.apple.com/support in OS X. Apple has provided a way to launch OS
9 software in OS X through something they call
OS X Software Updates http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx
“Classic Mode”. Without restarting your machine,
Mac OS X Troubleshooting http://www.macfixit.com
OS X will launch OS 9 when you ask it to open an
Mac Users Group of Virginia Tech http://www.vtmug.info older application. OS 9 will boot up and then run in
an almost completely transparent manner.
Macintosh News http://www.macsurfer.com
Unix Tutorial for Beginners http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/ OS X Native – Some software (Microsoft Office X)
will only run in OS X. It is not compatible with OS
9.x and will not run unless you are in OS X.
FDI Summer 2002 Recommendation
Mac OSX: The Missing Manual
•Microsoft Office v. X (Word, Excel, Powerpoint,
Before purchasing, see a detailed content
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/ •Macromedia Flash MX
•Much, much more...
(check http://www.versiontracker.com for the most
OS X Little Black Book recent version of your software)
This book is most useful to the more •Adobe Photoshop 7.0 (ships in April)
advanced Mac user. •Macromedia Dreamweaver MX (ships Summer
More about expected software availability:
If you are looking for a piece of software specific
to your field or that is not listed here, try going
to the manufacturer’s website and looking for
the Support page. If you are unable to find this
information, please feel free to contact Sam Davies
Free Software with most new Macs
Apple Campus Representaive
Appleworks Alternative office suite
iTunes Plays, Rips, and Burns CDs and
phone: 703-582-8227 (mobile) MP3s
iPhoto Saves, Organizes, and Shares
photos from a Digital Camera
Feel free to contact Sam with questions, comments, and/or con- iMovie Easy-to-use Digital Video Editor
cerns. He is also more than willing to schedule one-on-one time
iDVD Create your own DVDs
and office visits.
The Mac OS 9 Desktop
The Apple Menu con- The Special menu is for The Application menu and Applica-
tains your Control Pan- system level commands tion Switcher window are used to
els, commonly used ap- such as Shut Down, tell what applications are open and
plications, recent items, Sleep, and Restart. to switch between open applications.
and your favorite folders. This is also where you This is also where you toggle which
This is customizable by empty the trash and applications are visible and which ap-
adding your items to erase disks. (OS X = plications are hidden. (OS X = Dock
the Apple Menu Items Apple Menu) and Applications Menu, located to
Folder. (OS X = Dock) the right of the Apple Menu)
Here are the
also appear in
this area. (Mac
OS X = Com-
the Go menu)
what you use
to adjust the
settings of your
tings, etc. (Mac
OS X = System
The Chooser is the application used to The Control Strip is a multi-function tool
connect to servers as well as to connect used to quickly change settings for the
and choose printers. The Chooser is computer as well as applications. Here you
located in the Apple Menu. This is also a can monitor your AirPort and Battery condi-
place where AppleTalk can be toggled on tions, you can toggle file sharing, dial your
and off. (Mac OS X = Print Center and modem, adjust your sound settings, etc.
Connect to Server...) (Mac OS X = Menu Bar, located in upper
right hand corner of the screen.)
Your Mac OS X Desktop
The Apple Menu is The Go menu allows The Menu bar replaces much of
now reserved for Sys- you to quickly access the functionality of the OS 9 con-
tem level commands the most frequently trol strip. Here you can quickly
(like Shut Down and used folders on your adjust your sound volume,
Log Out.) Here you Computer. The Connect monitor your Airport strength,
can also access the to Server... command check the time, monitor your bat-
System Preferences, allows you to connect to tery level (on a notebook), dial a
Recent Items, as well remote servers like the modem, or change your display
as Force Quit. Chooser in OS 9. settings.
This is a Finder
ing the Com-
puter or the
very top of the
This is where
you will find
the Go menu to
is your old
Apple Menu all
rolled into one.
You can access
or quit an appli-
cation, or empty
The Print Center allows you to connect your computer The System Preferences application is
to a Printer. The Print Center application is located where you manage your computer’s
in the Utilities folder which is in your Applications settings. It will allow you to do things
folder. It allows you to access printers connected over like change your background, config-
USB as well as any Appletalk or Ethernet printer. It is ure your internet settings, etc. Access
also where you go to change your printer. This works System Preferences from the Dock, the
much like the Chooser in OS 9 for printer manage- Apple Menu, or in the Applications
Users and Security
Creating a New User in OS X Home Directory
1. Login to your machine using an exisiting user •Your Home directory is located in
name that has Admin privleges. Macintosh HD:Users:(User Name)
2. Choose the System Preferences application from
the Dock or the Apple Menu •You can access your Home directory quickly by using
3. In that application, select the Users preference the Go menu, by clicking the house in the Finder tool-
pane in the System category. (If this is not visible, bar, or by dragging your Home directory to the Dock.
choose Show All from the toolbar.)
4. Choose New User…. •Your Home directory contains files only you have ac-
5. Enter your name in the Name field. cess to when you are logged in.
6. Enter a short name in the Short Name field. This
name can only be eight characters long. (Note: •The Home directory is where you will find your
The Name and Short Name are synonymous in Desktop Folder, your Documents folder, as well as your
the system and you may use either) application preferences (in Library).
7. Click on the Password tab.
8. Type your password in both the Password and
9. Enter a hint for your password in the Password
10. Choose whether or not to give the new user
administrative privledges by checking the Allow
user to administer this machine check box. Only
give admin access to those users that you want
to have complete access to your System files and
11. Choose Logout from the Apple Menu.
12. At the login screen, select the user name you just
created and enter the password you just chose.
Deleting a User
1. Make sure you are not logged in as the user you
wish to delete. •Choose a User password that is hard to guess but easy
2. Choose the System Preferences application from to remember
the Dock or the Apple Menu
3. Select the Users preference pane in the System •Any file you leave in the Public folder in your Home
category. directory can be accessed by anyone on the computer (or
4. Click on the username you wish to delete. network if File Sharing is turned on).
5. Choose Delete User… (you may be prompted for
an Administrator password) •If there is the possibility of someone accessing your
machine when you are not there, make sure to choose
6. Choose Delete from the sheet that appears.
Log Out... from the Apple Menu when you leave your
7. You may now put the deleted users folder in the
trash. It is located in Macintosh HD:Users:
•Run Virus Software and update it frequently.
•If you decide you need a firewall, an easy to use piece
of Shareware called Brickhouse makes using the built-
in firewall of OS X easy. It can be found at http://