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Part 1. Getting Started > Touring the Desktop

Touring the Desktop

Double-click to view a window showing the contents of a drive or folder.

Click and drag to move icons on the desktop.

Click objects in the Dock to activate them.

Click a menu name, drag the mouse down, and release the mouse button on the menu item you want to use.

INTRODUCTION

If you've used a Mac before, Mac OS X's desktop won't look completely new to you—just a bit unfamiliar. On the other hand, if you're new to computers, concepts like windows, icons, and menus might need a little explanation. Either way, this tour of the Mac OS X desktop should set you on your way.


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It's Okay to Explore

If you're not sure what something on the desktop does, try clicking or double-clicking it. Mac OS X will let you know before it does anything destructive to your system, so it's safe to explore and experiment.


Use the Apple menu to perform tasks that affect your whole computer.

Choose View, Show View Options to open the View Options dialog box. Drag the Icon size slider to change the size of desktop icons.

Change the Text size and Label position to change the appearance of icon labels.

Check any of the other options to display more information about files, folders, and drives on the desktop.


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