Welcome to using your MacBook Pro laptop.



To start off we'll be addressing those of you haven't used a Mac before or simply prefer a Windows PC and haven't ever been comfortable on a Mac. In the words of Douglas Adams: DON'T PANIC! This also applies to you who have been using an older version of the Mac OS, as there are some different ways of working with your Mac than you may be used to.


Below are the basics you’ll need to complete logging on and setting up your account on the MacBook Pro. Bear with me if these seem obvious to many of you. You’ll find more on differences after setup.


How do I click?

Press down on the bottom of the Trackpad with one finger, just like using a mouse.

(A USB mouse can be connected to and used with the MacBook Pro.)


How do I Right Click (there's no right button on the Trackpad)!?

Click two fingers on the Trackpad; that will act as a right click.


How do I scroll?

Slide two fingers up/down or left/right on the Trackpad.


How do I manipulate a window?

There are 3 colored buttons in the upper left corner of a window. Clicking on each has a different action: Red will close the window, Yellow will minimize it and Green will resize.



• Logging in & setting up your MacBook Pro for the 1st time


Press the round Power button in the upper right corner above the keyboard for a few seconds.

In the login fields that appear enter your first initial + last name, lower case, in the name field; and your e-mail/district password in the password field.

Press Return, be patient.

Click on the Blue Create Now button


Click Skip on the Create/Enter Apple ID screen


Click Skip again on the next screen


Click on Start Using Your Mac

Click on Start Using Your Mac again

Again, be patient and you'll arrive at your Desktop


• Setting your Synch/Backup preferences to your home folder on the District Server


Click on the Apple icon (in the upper left corner of the screen) and select System Preferences from the menu that drops down




Click on the Users & Groups icon in the window that appears.

(It’s in the 4th row on the left hand side of the window.)



Users & Groups for your Mac will be displayed with your account at the top of the list on the left.

(If not highlighted, click once on it.)


To the lower right of the screen you’re looking at click on the Settings button to the right of Mobile Account:


Under the text "Only Selected folders" click on the check boxes to the left of the folders that appear listed which you want to synch. The default items you should check are:

Desktop, Documents, Downloads.


(NOTE: Do not put a check mark next to the Library folder.)


 If you are using Movies, Pictures or Music for work purposes also check these.


Previous Centennial Windows users should check My Documents.


Finally, click on the Show Status in Menu Bar check box followed by clicking OK.


Close the remaining window by clicking on the red dot in the upper left corner.


The first Sync may begin automatically. If it does, skip to the next page, otherwise:


To begin your first sync click on the Sync icon in the Menu Bar at the upper right of the screen and select: Sync Home Now.



Sooner than later you will encounter a Sync Conflicts window. This is how you make that go away:


Click on the large blue icon under in the “On The Network” panel


Click on the button under this panel and select Resolve All Conflicts Using Files on Network


Click the blue Continue button


Close the Sync errors window by clicking on the red dot in it's upper left corner



• Differences between Windows & Mac


Over time both systems have become fairly similar. The best quick and dirty explanation I can give is think of everything as slightly the opposite of what you'd expect and where you'd expect it to be. For example, on a PC you access Control Panels or Shut Down from the Start menu which is in the lower left corner of your screen. On a Mac you click on the Apple menu, upper left corner of the screen, and select System Preferences or Shut Down.  On a PC the time and wireless connection icon is located in the lower right corner of the Task Bar; on a Mac it's in the upper right corner of the screen, known as the Menu Bar. If you line up all the icons on your Desktop alphabetically on a Windows Desktop they align left to right; on a Mac they line up right to left. See what I'm getting at?


Of course there's always more than one or two or three ways to do something on any computer. Don't worry about mastering the system; there is no one or right way. Find what works best for you.


A poll of some of our Windows users have come up with the following How Do I questions:


Where's the Control key?

The Command key (is located on either side of the Space bar. This takes the place of the Windows control key. For example to print hold down the Command key and press the letter P in an application.)


Where are all the programs?

On the left side of the strip at the bottom of the screen, which is called the Dock, is a round icon with a rocket known as Launchpad. Click on it once and your screen will resemble how an iPad displays all applications, only on your Mac. If you don't see what you're looking for swipe two fingers across the Trackpad from right to left. This will switch you to the next screen, for example, where you'll find your Office apps.


How do I make the F-Keys work like normal F-Keys?

Hold down the fn (Function) key in the lower left corner of the keyboard while pressing the appropriate function key.


There is a video on Apple's site covering more of the basics of going from PC to Mac, not to mention changing icons in the Dock, closing windows vs. quitting applications, using Launchpad to create folders of Applications plus more at: http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/#switcher

(It's about 7 minutes long and worth the view.)



• Setting the home page on Safari to the District Intranet page


Apple's internet browser is Safari (their version of Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome).

Click once on the Safari icon on the Dock (it's icon resembles a turquoise compass and is located on the left side of the Dock).



Once launched enter this address in the url field:


followed by pressing the Return key


When you arrive at the Intranet page, click on the Safari menu in the Menu Bar (to the right of the Apple Menu) and select Preferences.


Click on the Set to Current Page button


Close Preferences by clicking on the red button in the upper left corner


Once Preferences closes, click the Share icon located to the left of the the blue dot in the URL field

Select Add Bookmark from the menu that appears


Click the Add button


Intranet should appear as a Bookmark (Favorite) below the url address field.

(By the way, the address field also acts as a Google search field. Typing a search in it will take you to a Google page with a list of links answering your query.)


• Setting up your District e-mail in Outlook


Click once on the Launchpad icon in the Dock (round silver icon w/rocket on left side)



Swipe (Drag) using two fingers right to left across the Trackpad

Click on the yellow Microsoft Outlook icon that appears on the screen

Once the black Outlook screen appears

Click on the check box next to:

Make Outlook the default e-mail program, then

Click on Add Account


Click on the Exchange Account icon



Enter your e-mail address, example:


For User Name enter: CSD\your first initial + last name (ex. CSD\flast) (Capitalization counts.)

In the Password field enter your District e-mail password

Click Add Account.


Be very patient.



Change the Account Description from K12 to your name (ex. First Last).



Close this window by clicking on the red dot in upper left corner.

(If you've collected a great many emails over the years it may take a while before the are transferred over and you see This Folder Up To Date in the lower right corner.)


• Using Word for the first time


Click once on the Launchpad icon in the

(Swipe using two fingers left to right across the Trackpad if you don’t see any Microsoft app icons)


Click on the blue Microsoft Word icon that appears on the screen

When the registration window appears click on the Continue button

Click on No for both Keep Office Up To Date & Join the Customer Experience

Click on Continue

At the screen with Green circle & white check mark click Done

Be patient, 1st time configuration of Word takes a few seconds

Click close


Enter your name, then in the field below, your initials

Click OK


Double click on the Word document that's highlighted in orange in the template viewer that appears (or press the Return key or click on the Choose button) to open a new blank Word document.


Click on the X in the black Print Layout View box appearing to the lower left of the window.


All Done.

To close the Document click on the red button in the top left window corner; or to Quit Word completely click on the Word menu (upper left of screen to right of Apple menu) and select Quit from the menu that appears.




• Setting up Wireless Access in the District


Click on the Wireless icon, to the left of the Volume icon in the Menu Bar (upper right screen).



Select CSD-Secure from the drop down menu.


Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields

Click Continue

Enter your password again and update settings; be patient

Click Join


• Tutorial videos can be found on Apple's website Find Out How page:



How to find and view files? Try the Finder video (about 2 minutes)



Sidebar (about 2.5 minutes)



Viewing multiple windows open on your Desktop

Expose (about a minute)



Setting screen savers, desktop pictures, changing Dock icons

Personalizing your Mac (a little over 2 minutes)



Also on Find Out How are guided tours for using Apple’s iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.


Videos for using and setting Gestures on the Trackpad are available in your Mac’s System Preferences. Click on the Apple Menu, followed by selecting System Preferences. Click on the Trackpad icon. Under the Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom and More Gestures tabs you’ll find videos of settings by placing your cursor over a description.


Features such as Notifications, iChat and others ITC will be implementing in the future.


And of course, you can always call the ITC Help Desk @: 503.762.3200 for questions.