How to Switch From Windows to Mac in a Few Easy Steps

Mac’s market share is growing slowly by surely. In the past seven years, Apple has taken a chunk of Windows’ market share. In total, over 17% of users rely on iOS, a 10% increase from 2013. If you’ve decided to make the switch, you’re probably wondering how big of an adjustment you have in front of you. Whether your PC is for work or play, there’s no doubt you’ve grown accustomed to its specific features, functions, and general display, which makes transitioning to team Apple seem all the more challenging. But, Computer Troubleshooters is here to assure you that while each device and its OS may look and feel inherently different, there is a lot more common ground than you realize. In just a few short steps, you can learn how to switch from Windows to Mac without losing any of the functionality you love!

How to Switch From Windows to Mac

Once you choose a model that best aligns with your uses and preferences, it’s time to boot up! New users must create an Apple ID, which is an authentication method used on all Mac products to display personal information and settings whenever logged in. Keep reading as we dive further into how to use your new device.

man using macbook laptop

Transferring Data: Mac File Management

Apple makes data transfer extremely easy with the launch of Windows Migration Assistant. You’ll have to download and install this software to your PC and then launch Migration Assistant on your Mac. If this is the first time you’ve used your Mac, Migration Assistant will automatically pop up once the device is turned on. If you’ve used your Mac before, you can find the program in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. You’ll be asked to follow some on-screen prompts before creating an administrator name and password. With your login, you’ll be able to sync your old and new device through a passcode. Migration Assistant will then perform a scan of information available for transfer. You can go through and select which information you’d like to keep on your new device.

The Basics of Using a Mac

Those into keyboard commands will be relieved to know this is one of Mac’s strong suits. Plus, most shortcuts are similar to Windows, with the use of “Command” in place of “Control.” Apple devices have a Dock at the bottom of their screen, which essentially serves as a taskbar. This offers quick access to tools users most commonly need, such as a browser, files, notes, etc. You can easily add and remove applications as you see fit. At the top of the screen is a menu bar, which features different drop-down menus based on the window you’re using.

Another helpful feature is Spotlight, which allows users to instantly search all applications, tools, and software held on the device. Press Command + Space and a search bar will appear! We’ve listed a few other Mac keyboard shortcuts below:

  • Copy: Command + C
  • Paste: Command + V
  • Close window: Command + W
  • Undo: Command + Z
  • Screenshot full screen: Shift, Command + 3
  • Quit app: Command + Q
  • Switch between active apps: Command + Tab
  • Switch between windows: Command + ~

PC vs. Mac Programs and Apps

Most mainstream programs and apps used through a PC also work on a Mac. If your new device is for work purposes, you’ll want to take inventory of all the software you rely on to ensure their compatibility as you transition. The good news is that most business apps are available in Apple’s App Store as they are in Google Play.

There are a few Apple-specific apps that can be of great use to you, whether your device is for work or play. Alfred is an all-time favorite, praised by novice users and Mac veterans alike. This productivity app lets you customize your Mac experience by setting unique shortcuts, prioritizing search results, and a ton of other beneficial day-to-day features. Another highly recommended app is Gimp, a free image editing software packed with a wide range of pro-level functions.

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