Mountain Lion inherits iPad features

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion incorporates innovative concepts from the iPad, such as controlling some actions using finger gestures if you use a trackpad; accessing applications on one screen, called Launchpad; viewing notifications; automatic saving of documents; and working with applications full screen.

We love the new look and feel of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion because of its simplicity and sleeker look. It seems that Apple is making their devices more congruent with these types of updates, making the transition from iPad to MacBook even easier. For those of you who’ve already downloaded the new operating system, what are your thoughts so far?


By computerworldwi Posted in Mac Tips

Everything You Need To Know About Mountain Lion!

Mountain Lion is available through the Mac App Store for $19.99. It includes a slew of new features and refinements, such as:

▪   Notification Center: An intuitive, non-intrusive method for your Mac to notify you of new email messages, calendar appointments software updates, and more. For those of you using iPhones and iPads, this will feel very familiar.

▪   Messages: The iMessage feature that debuted with iOS 5 iPhones and iPads is now available in Mountain Lion. This application allows you to keep in touch with people using iPhones, iPads, and other Macs with Mountain Lion.

▪   AirPlay Mirroring: If you have an AppleTV and and iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or new iPad, you’ve been able to push your devices display to an AppleTV for some time. With Mountain Lion, now you can do the same with your Mac. This feature is only supported on the following Macs:

iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)

Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)

MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)

MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)

Mountain Lion has some steep system requirements, it is not compatible with all Macs. Only the following Macs are supported:

▪   iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)

▪   MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newere)

▪   MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)

▪   MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)

▪   Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)

▪   Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

▪   Xserve (Early 2009)

Mountain Lion offically requires a minimum of 2GB of RAM, but we recommend at LEAST 4GB of RAM for optimal performance. To upgrade to Mountain Lion, you’ll need to have Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) or Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) already installed. If your Mac is compatible with Mountain Lion, but you’re running Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5), you’ll need to purchase Snow Leopard in addition to the Mountain Lion upgrade.

Many applications are either unsupported in Mountain Lion or will need to be patched for compatibility with Mountain Lion. If you rely on your Mac as a productivity tool, we recommend waiting until key applications are updated and tested before upgrading. A way to find out of your applications will work is by checking out They have an extensive list of apps for Lion and Mountain Lion!


10 Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

Using keyboard shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, and help keep you focused. For example, highlighting text with the keyboard and pressing Ctrl + C is much faster than taking your hand from the keyboard, highlighting the text using the mouse, clicking copy from the file menu, and then putting your hand back in place on the keyboard. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use.

Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Copy the highlighted text or selected item.

Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard.

Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y

Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the undo.

Ctrl + F

Open the Find in any program. This includes your Internet browser to find text on the current page.

Alt + Tab or Alt + Esc

Quickly switch between open programs moving forward.

Ctrl + Back space and Ctrl + Left or Right arrow

Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will delete a full word at a time instead of a single character.

Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. If you wanted to highlight one word at a time you can hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction while highlighting each word.

Ctrl + S

While working on a document or other file in almost every program pressing Ctrl + S will save that file. This shortcut key should be used frequently anytime you’re working on anything important.

Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End

Move the cursor to the beginning or end of a document.

Ctrl + P

Print the page being viewed. For example, the document in Microsoft Word or the web page in your Internet browser.

Page Up, Space bar, and Page Down

Pressing either the page up or page down key will move that page one page at a time in that direction. When browsing the Internet pressing the space bar will also move the page down one page at a time. If you press Shift and the Space bar the page will go up a page at a time.


Don’t let this happen to your keyboard – use it!

By computerworldwi Posted in Mac Tips