OS X Part 1

The Grand Tour - An Introduction to OS X.

Switching from PC to MAC - This section will help guide you through some of the differences you'll encounter when using your new computer.

Navigating the Desktop - Video

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts PDF

One more Keyboard Shortcuts PDF

The Dock - All you need to know about your computer's dock.

Windows and How They Work - Basic Windows Components

System Prefs -

Storing Passwords in Keychain (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304757)

Getting email, visiting certain websites, accessing servers, and opening password-protected files and applications on your Mac require passwords. But you don't have to keep track of every password you have; instead, keep your passwords in Keychain, a utility that lets you create one or more keychains to store your sensitive passwords.
Your Mac starts you out with a single keychain that gets created when you first log in to your user account. By default, it has the same password as your user account, and automatically unlocks whenever you log in to your account.
When you access a site, application, or other item that asks for your password, a dialog may open after you type it, asking if you want to add the password to your keychain. Click Add to add it. The next time you access that item, Keychain fills in the password for you. You can also add passwords manually: Open Keychain Access in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder, choose New Password Item from the File menu, and enter the information and password for the item.
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Keychain Access allows you to see all the password items that are currently stored on the selected keychain.
If you ever forget a password that's stored in Keychain, do this:
  1. Open Keychain Access.
  2. From the list, double-click the item whose password you can't remember.
  3. In the resulting window, click the Attributes tab, then select the "Show password" checkbox.
  4. In the resulting dialog, type your keychain password. If you're using the default keychain, the password is the same as your user account. Click Allow Once to display your password once, or click Always Allow to always display your password in Keychain.
For added protection, you may want to create another "more personal" keychain that doesn't automatically unlock each time you log in to your user account. To create a keychain:
  1. Open Keychain Access
  2. From the File menu, choose New Keychain.
  3. In the resulting dialog, type a name for your keychain in the Save As field, choose where you want to store it from the Where pop-up menu, and click Create.
  4. In the resulting dialog, type a good password for this keychain in the Password and Verify fields, then click OK. Click the key button if you need help choosing a good password.

The Address Book - Learn to use the address book for your contacts.

The Dashboard - A semi-transparent layer that floats above your desktop at the press of a key, and provides access to several fun and functional, mini applications called widgets.

Using the DVD Player - (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304762)
With DVD Player, you get the same controls you'd find on a DVD player remote control, including standard playback controls, navigational buttons, volume, chapter skip, menu, slow motion, subtitles, audio, camera angle, and more. You can also choose to view a movie in one of three window sizes, or view it in full screen. Here's how to use DVD Player to access and play content on a DVD movie disc.
  1. Insert a DVD-Video disc in your computer's optical drive.
  2. DVD Player automatically opens and displays the disc's DVD menu screen.
  3. To access the menu items, you can either use your mouse to select things, or use the navigational buttons on the DVD Player Controller.
  4. If DVD Player is set to Full Screen mode, you won't see your screen's menu bar, but you can easily access it by moving the arrow to the top of the screen.
  5. To change the size of the window, choose a size from the Video menu.
  6. If you'd like to turn on closed captioning, which displays all dialog in text captions, from the Controls menu, choose Closed Captioning, then Turn On.
  7. To play the movie, click Play Movie in the DVD menu. During play, you can use the DVD Player Controller to pause, stop, fast forward or rewind, skip chapters, turn on subtitles, and more.
  8. If you'd like to change the look of the controller, choose Use Vertical Controller from the Controls menu.
  9. When you're done watching, click the "eject" button on the controller, or drag the DVD icon on your Desktop to the Trash to eject it.

Expose - A built-in feature that can give you fast access to any open window with a few keystrokes, temporarily hide all open windows, or scale all windows down so you can get an overview of all of them.

iCal - provides all the tools you need to keep track of schedules, appointments, birthdays, to-do lists, and other important events—not just yours, but anyone else's iCal calendar too.

Preview - This built-in PDF file viewer allows you to view, work with, and print PDF files; view and edit images (including JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PICT, and other image file formats); and even take pictures of your Desktop, windows, menus, and other parts of your screen. Here's a closer look at how to do things in Preview.

Spotlight - When you need to find something fast and easy, instead of turning to the Finder you can use Spotlight, a new search technology built into Mac OS X.