Tips for Mac Users
Waking Up the Machine
The podium Mac is generally kept on. If it was not used for an extended period of time, the machine goes to sleep and the screen goes black.
- If the Podium Mac is asleep, simply move the mouse or press a key to wake it up and proceed to signing in.
- If the iMac is completely powered off, the power button is located on the back of the monitor on the lower left side.
You can sign into any of the computers in the lab by using the guest credentials or your own personal account. If you need or would like a login and a personal account, talk to your TA or to Peter Tripp, department tech manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please be aware of the following differences between guest and personal accounts:
- Anything you save to the desktop or in your user directory will be available only to you.
- This space is your personal workspace on the server so you will have that same workspace no matter which machine you log into in 200B or 200C.
- You may also access your personal directory from outside the lab.
- The guest workspace is refreshed at a certain interval, thereby deleting any data users may store there.
- The guest login is a shared workspace and anything you save to the desktop will be accessible to anyone logged in as a guest.
- If no login screen appears, you may need to log out the previous user; select the Apple menu (top left icon) and scroll down to the Log Out option.
- If problems persist and no lab TA is available, you may Reboot or Restart the Mac; simply hold the restart button located on the back lower left of the machine down untill the screen goes black. At that point, push the restart button again to restart the machine.
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 using Spotlight, or in the Applications folder on the Macintosh Hard Drive which is accessed via the 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 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 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.
- If this is an application you will be using frequently, you may want to drag the icon onto your dock
C. Using Spotlight to Find and Application
You can also search for an application by name using Spotlight, the system-wide search feature.
- Locate the magnifying glass in the upper-right corner:
- Click on it and begin typing the name of your application.
- Finder will immediately display the applications and files that match the name.
D. Primary Applications Available on the Macs in 200B/C
This is an incomplete list of applications available on the Macs.
- Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional*
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS6*
- Adobe Fireworks CS6*
- Adobe Flash CS6*
- Adobe Flash CS6 Video Encoder*
- Adobe Illustrator CS6
- Adobe Photoshop CS6*
- Adobe Reader
- DVD Player
- EndNote X5
- Google Chrome
- Keynote (Podium machines only.)
- Microsoft Office 2011 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Microsoft Silverlight
*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.)
When it comes to portable storage—CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and USB drive—the Mac is very user-friendly:
Using Portable Discs
- With the printed side of the disc facing you insert your disc into the slot located on the right side of the Mac.
- Then, open the Finder application (located on the far left side of the dock) and click the disc icon that has appeared on the left, gray column of the Finder window.
- Single click the disc icon to view all files and folders on the disc.
- Double click the file you wish to open.
- To eject your disc, either click on the triangle eject button just to the right of the disc icon in the Finder window, or alternatively, drag the device icon to the trash.
Using a USB Device
- Insert USB into either of the USB ports on the back of the keyboard or on the far right side on the back of the Mac.
- Once recognized by the computer, a folder will appear showing the contents of the USB drive.
- Double click the file you wish to open.
- To eject your USB device, first close any applications associated with files on the device. Then, either drag the device icon to the trash or click the triangle next to the device name in the Finder window.
*Please Note: You must close the application your disc file is using prior to ejecting the disc. Otherwise, the computer may refuse you attempt to eject the disc.
Each lab has its own black and white laser printer. Any computer in the labs can print to either printer.
Large Format Printer
If you need to print a poster or other large document, Lab 200C also has a color large format printer. Time at this printer must be reserved. You can do so by looking at the available times on the Poster Printer Calendar, and then creating a reservation on that page. When creating a reservation, if 200C is in use before your desired time, please have your reservation start at least 10 minutes after the previous group is scheduled to leave.
While syncing your web browser with your private credentials provides great convenience, forgetting to sign out once you're done using the computer can expose all of your saved accounts to anyone who uses the computer after you. Always remember to sign-out of the web browser before leaving.
Signing-out of Google Chrome
- Click the button located on the top-right and select Settings.
- Under the Sign in section, click the button labeled Disconnect your Google Account.