To copy and paste some text from one place to another – 1) Highlight the text that you’d like to copy 2) Hold down ‘command’ and press ‘C’ (once) to copy 3) Click in the place that you’d like to copy the text to so that the cursor is flashing 4) Hold down ‘command’ and press ‘V’ (once) to paste.
To select all (e.g. files or photos) – Hold down ‘command’ and press ‘A’ (once).
To select multiple files or photos – 1) Click on the first item that you’d like to select 2) Hold down ‘shift’ 3) Click on the last item (in a row) that you’d like to select (everything in between will be selected).
To select something – Single left click on the tracker pad.
To open something (e.g. a file) – Double left click on the tracker pad.
To bring up a menu of options – Right click on the tracker pad (on most Macbooks you will need to press down on the tracker pad with two fingers to right click).
To switch between different programmes that you have open – 1) Swipe up on the tracker pad with three fingers 2) A little preview of each of the windows that you have open will appear on the screen – click on the window that you’d like to bring forward.
To pin a program to the ‘dock’ (ie the menu of programs that runs across the bottom of of your screen) – 1) Open the program in question so that you can see it’s icon in the dock 2) Right click on the icon in the dock, hover your mouse over ‘Options’, and then click on ‘Keep in dock’ so that there is a little tick beside it.
To close a program – 1) Right click on the icon for the program in the taskbar 2) Click ‘Quit’. Note that when a program is open, you will see a little black dot beneath it.
To search for anything on your Macbook – 1) Click on the little magnifying glass icon that the top right of your screen (this is called ‘Spotlight search’) 2) Type the name of the program or file (or even keyword within a file) in the box indicated 3) Scroll through your search results and double click on the item that you are searching for.
To take a screenshot – Hold down ‘command’ and ‘shift’ simultaneously, and then press ‘3’ (once). If you would like to take a screenshot of only a section of the page, hold down ‘command’ and ‘shift’ simultaneously, and then press ‘4’ (once). You will then need to drag your mouse over the area that you would like to screenshot. Your screenshots will be saved to your desktop.
To bring up ‘Spotlight Search’ so that you can search for anything on your computer, hold down ‘Command’ and press the space bar once. Type in your search term and then double click on the relevant search result.