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How do I learn to use my computer?

Asked by tinyfaery (41970points) July 30th, 2008

Lately I have come to the realization that I don’t know much about my computer. Is there a good, easy to understand book or something that can help me learn about the things my Mac can do? I’m not looking for tech speak, just a decent guide to learning the tools and tricks.

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robmandu's avatar

Video Professor includes free trial of any item you want to try first.

Whoops… no Mac titles listed… apparently they’re Windows only. Hmmmm.

PupnTaco's avatar

Apple has a great series of video tutorial online at http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/

chaosrob's avatar

David Pogue’s The Missing Manual is pretty good. I’d suggest some online reading, too. http://TUAW.com, http://www.macosxtips.co.uk and http://9to5mac.com are all useful learning tools.

Lovelocke's avatar

There’s several MAC enthusiast message boards out there… http://www.mac-forums.com comes to mind. I believe that Apple themselves have several quite active forums on their http://apple.com site dedicated to everything: iMacs, iPods, AppleTV… etc.

Try out one of those spots… and as I always say, if all else fails: Google it.

gailcalled's avatar

Second the David Pogue book. It is easier to have the book next to your computer; online seminars or message boards require too much fiddling and time.

iwamoto's avatar

just doing it always helps me… may sound like a stupid answer, but when i want to do something, i just think of the options i have, and go from there, and i’ll google if i have to

hearkat's avatar

If you want to pay for the Apple One-to-One training, it will be hands on teaching for exactly what interests you.

It covers no more than one session per week… my colleague scheduled weekly sessions to get the most for her $$!

kevinchai's avatar

Explore! Just check everything out. Go to all the menus and everything. It’s a Mac, so it doesn’t matter if you do anything wrong. Just back up your files and go at it.

Bri_L's avatar

those “tip a day” things are great!

iwamoto's avatar

have any of you ever broken their mac ? i’ve tinkered so much with it and it still runs, things you’d never do with it…so yeah…just try it out

robmandu's avatar

Oh yah. I’ve broken my Mac. Sometimes, having it Just Work™ can actually get you into trouble.

Hell, I even broke an entire VM/CMS domain with a single PF key setting (‘0D’x apparently, is a bitch). IBM called asking me politely what it was I thought I was doing, if I’d mind knocking it off, and signing off saying they’d release a patch immediately.

iwamoto's avatar

haha, but you’re not exactly entry level material ;)

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