I usually use Windows, but I’ve been using Mac OSX a little bit, on a new iMac in the office of an organisation I do some work for. It’s nice, lovely design, though I think it’s pretty funny that it’s so damn streamlined that the On/Off button is hidden away at the back, so consequently there’s a PostIt note on the front of it to help people find it.
I’ve got used to having to go to the menu to properly shut a program. I’m not really clear on why clicking the red dot on the window doesn’t do it. But that’s okay — another PostIt note reminds us Windows people of that.
So far there are two main things I can’t get used to on the Mac (apart from the lack of tactile response from the keyboard and the feel of the mouse):
Command-Tab switches applications, but not windows. I can’t figure out how to get around the various open windows of an application without using the Window menu, which is cumbersome.
Differences with navigation around a document, at least how it appears to me so far… maybe someone knows better.
|Go to start or end of document||Ctrl-Home or Ctrl-End||Home or End|
|Go to start or end of line||Home or End||Command Left or Right|
|Go up/down a page||Page Up or Page Down||Page Up or Page Down|
|Go forward or back a word||Ctrl-Right or Ctrl-Left||Option-Right or Option-Left|
But the thing that really keeps catching me out is that Home/End/PgUp and PgDown move you around, but don’t move the cursor. So you think you’re at the end of the document, but you start typing and it jumps to back where you were. At least, that’s what it does in Apple Mail. Very irritating; seems you have to click at the end to tell it you want to start typing at the end.
Is there a better/quicker/easier way?