Tips for Intel based Mac Users
1. Where to Begin
The Macs in this lab are home to many different applications, almost all of which may be reached through the Apple Dock on the bottom of your screen. If the application you are searching for is not found on the dock, you may find it in the Applications folder on the Macintosh Hard Drive which is accessed via the Apple Finder Window. If this is an application you will be using frequently, you may want to drag the icon onto your dock.
A. Using the Apple Dock to find applications
- Mouse over the desired application and single click. The application should open.
- If you do not see the dock at the bottom of your screen, then it is most likely hidden. Simply mouse to the bottom center of the screen and it should become visible.
- You can customize which programs and folders are directly available from your dock by simply dragging the icon from the Finder window to your dock. If you are logged into your personal account, these changes will remain in effect no matter what computer in 200 B/C you use.
B. Using the Apple Finder Window to find an application
- Open the Finder window and locate the Applications folder.
- Do this by clicking on the first icon, labeled "Finder," on your dock.
- On the left is a column with various icons. Single click on the icon labeled Applications.
- Simply scroll up and down to look for the application you need. Double click on the icon of the application and it should open.
- You can also search for an application by name using the search bar in the upper right corner-- type in the name of the application after the magnifying glass, and Finder will immediately display the icons of applications that match the name.
- If this is an application you will be using frequently, you may want to drag the icon onto your dock
C. Primary Applications Available on the Macs in 200 B/C
- Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional*
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS3*
- Adobe Fireworks CS3*
- Adobe Flash CS3*
- Adobe Flash CS3 Video Encoder*
- Adobe Illustrator CS3
- Adobe Photoshop CS3*
- Adobe Reader
- EndNote X1
- Firefox (recommended web browser)
- Google Earth
- Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) 2004, 2008
- Text Wrangler
*Please Note: Due to licensing restrictions, starred products are available only on stations 11 & 12 in room 200B and 4 & 5 in 200C. (These are the stations with the scanners.)
3. The Macs and Discs
When it comes to portable discs--CDs, CD-Roms, DVDs, and USBs--the Mac is very user-friendly:
A. Opening Disc Files
- Insert the disc into the disk slot located on the upper right side of the Mac with the printed side of the disc facing you.
- After inserting the disc, a disc icon will appear in the upper left column of the Apple Finder window.
- To find the Finder window, mouse over the Apple dock to its far left. The dock is found at the bottom of the screen. If the dock is hidden, it will appear as you mouse over the bottom of the screen.
- Single click on the icon labeled Finder found at the far left. The Finder window will open.
- Single click on the disc icon to view all files and folders on the disc.
- Double click on the file you wish to open.
- When finished with the disk, click the triangular eject icon just to the right of the disk icon in the finder window. For more details see below.
Note: You MUST close the application your disc file is using prior to ejecting the disc; otherwise the computer may refuse your attempt to eject the disc.
B. Copying files back and forth between the Apple Hard Drive and CD discs
- To copy a file from the Apple Hard Drive (HD) to a disc or from a disc to the HD, simply click on the file and drag it to the destination where you would like it to be copied.
- When a user is logged in as a guest, the hard drives are not available for document storage. However, when signed in using your own personal name and password you should feel free to save onto the desktop or other folders within your personal directory.
C. Ejecting a disc from the Mac
- To eject a disc from the Mac, click the triangle icon next to the disc icon in the Apple Finder window. If that does not work, drag the disc icon to the trash icon found on the far right side of the dock on the bottom of the screen. If the dock is hidden, simply mouse over the bottom of the screen and it will appear. Once the disc icon is dragged into the trash icon, the trash will become activated and the disc will eject.
- There is no user-available method to manually eject a disc if the computer becomes frozen or unresponsive. Please consult a Lab TA if you are having problems ejecting your disc. As a last resort when no Lab TA is available, you may restart/reboot the computer, see below. This should cause the disc to eject during startup.
Note: If you have used your disc to launch a program, be sure to close that application before ejecting the disc.
D. Using a USB device (flashdisk)
A. Printing to Printers in 200B/C
- To print, click on "File" to select that menu. Holding down the mouse button, scroll down the menu to "Print" and release mouse button.
- Double check that you are printing to the correct room. The first item is the printer selection. Choose "Lab 200B" or "Lab 200C". If you are not sure what room you are in, ask a TA.
- Choose double-sided printing to conserve paper.
- Select the appropriate printing information (i.e. 1 copy, vertical, or horizontal, etc.) and click either "OK" or "Print," depending on the application.
- If paper or toner is low, talk to your lab TA.
B. Print double-sided
- Click the down arrow button next to "Printer" to expand preferences. Check the "two-sided" box next to collate. If this option does not appear, select "Layout" in the third drop-down menu (default "Copies and Pages"), and select the two- sided option menu (either long-edged or short-edged binding).
C. Printing to Printers at other Locations on Campus
- If you need to print to another printer on campus, you will need to know the hostname of their printer or it's TCP/IP address. You can acquire this information by printing out a configuration or test page for the desired printer.
If you change the printer location, PLEASE remember to change it back to the room you are in (200B or 200C)!
D. Printing Tips
- When using PowerPoint, do not use the default settings in the print dialog box. Please change the setting to "outline view" or "3 [or more] slides per page."
- When using Medline or Psychinfo, do not use the print command; the output will not be what you desire. Please send the information to your email.
- When using SPSS, please remove all the page breaks before printing. Also, make sure that output box only displays what you want printed. If it does not, delete extraneous information or highlight the part you want printed.
- If the printer does not print, first check that the correct printer (200B or 200C) is selected and that there is no problem with paper or toner. If nothing else works, simply turn the printer off, wait a few seconds, and then turn it back on again. The on/off switch is located on the mid-lower right side of the machine on the front. Please, restart the printer only when you have first attempted the other options without success