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Guides, How Tos, and Tips for New Mac Owners

Those of you lucky enough to get a new Mac for the holidays will want to check out our collection of Mac how tos and guides to learn the ins and outs of your new machine.

Regardless of whether you're new to the Mac or are upgrading from an older model, there's likely to be a useful tip or trick in here for you. Most of this information applies to all of Apple's latest Macs, from desktops to notebooks.

Beginner Tips

macOS Mojave Features

Security Tips

Continuity and Other Product Tips

Mac App Features


Hidden Tricks

Advanced Features

Mac App Recommendations

Every few months we do a video series where we recommend a useful selection of Mac apps, and these articles are worth checking out if you're looking for great Mac apps for your new Mac.

Tips and Tricks Videos

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Know other great Mac-related tips and tricks that MacRumors readers should be aware of? Let us know in the comments.

For more details on Apple's newest 2018 Macs, check out our roundups: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini.

Related Roundups: Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

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4 weeks ago
Great article guys. Any chance of an icon on the home page straight to these hints and tips? Might need them in the future and would be nice to be able to find them quickly....
Rating: 4 Votes
4 weeks ago
I need that blue desktop background like yesterday!
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago

There's only one reason I could think of to use (this) a mouse, (cheap)price, other than that I can't even get it why you're not using an Apple Magic trackpad, it's so much better than a mouse.
What a mouse can't do:
Double click with 2 fingers
.... lots more....

Not only that, a trackpad is also better for your hand, it's more ergonomic.

You’re not kidding. I just bought my first trackpad for real daily use, a magic trackpad 2. Wow. Amazing. I’ve spent the past 2 days re-dating scanned photos and dragging them into Photos. I used the trackpad which works very well. We had the original trackpad for a mac mini used for movies and it was horrible. I’ve used a trackpad on my old dell inspiron as a secondary machine and it was usable, but not my favorite. This trackpad is very usable and helps my wrist not be sore after several hours of continuous use. I got it on ebay for $100 shipped but it was pretty much brand new. As a person that doesn’t like trackpads and has hung onto my 15 plus year old dell mouse and keyboard I can heartily recommend the magic trackpad 2 (mine is even space grey!).
Rating: 2 Votes
4 weeks ago
i have a magic trackpad, and it's a bitch to edit photos and videos with.
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago

I need that blue desktop background like yesterday!

Right? It reminds me so much of the old blue Panther and Lion default wallpapers.
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago
Just had to download Logitech software to use my Marathon Mouse (M705, wireless) with my new Mac mini (2018) because the MacOS has a built-in restriction on such a mouse (keyboard, too, probably). It was working fine at first, but then started being unresponsive and erratic. Now it's fine, hopefully to stay that way.

And I am using my 23 inch Apple Cinema Display with it.
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago
great references - thanks!
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