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Using Classic Applications

Using Classic Applications

After you start the Classic environment with Mac OS 9, you can use applications as if you were actually in Mac OS 9. In fact, Mac OS 9 applications actually launch faster in Classic than they do on a pure Mac OS 9 system. However, not all applications work in Classic mode; you might get an alert message when you launch it. If an application fails, turn off the virus protection in the Control Panel for Mac OS 9, and then try again. When you start a Mac OS 9 application, the Classic environment starts, and the Classic application icon appears in the Dock, just like Mac OS X ones. Be aware that only one person at a time can use the Classic environment on a shared computer. In the Classic application, you use Mac OS 9 commands and features. I've noted some main differences between Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X that you'll quickly come across.

Use a Classic Application

In Mac OS X, open the Finder window with the Mac OS 9 application you want to open.

Double-click a Mac OS 9 Classic application icon, or a document created with the Classic application.

The Classic environment starts with Mac OS 9 along with an application and document.

Be aware of differences between Classic Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X:

  • Menus. The Classic Apple and File menu contain different commands and the Application menu doesn't exist.

  • Printing and Networking. Use the Chooser to set up and select a printer or networked computer. Click the Apple menu, and then click Chooser.

  • System Preferences. Use the Control Panel to set system preferences. Click the Apple menu, point to Control Panel, and then select one.

When you're done, click the File menu, and then click Quit.


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