MacBook Pros are said to be the easiest notebook computers to learn how to use. Consumers agree that they are altogether intuitive, and extremely responsive. But even the simplest computer in the world requires some knowledge to operate. Upon purchasing a new MacBook Pro, users would be wise to look into what Apple calls the Mac essentials. This way, they can be sure to get everything they can from their MacBook Pro. The following discussion takes a few pointers from the Mac essentials guidebook to demonstrate just how easy a MacBook Pro is to use.
Using applications on a Mac
Macs are loaded with a host of useful applications, right out of the box. And using them is easy to do. Users do not have to close one application to open another one. In fact, users can have several applications open at the same time. This way, they can listen to iTunes while writing a document, and also have their email open to watch for messages that may come in while they work.
User accounts on a Mac
Macs have the capacity for many user accounts so more than one person can save personal settings to the computer. A brand new Mac comes with the administrator account already created. This account is used to create and maintain the computers settings. Those users with administrative access have complete access to the entire computer, and can install other user accounts, update software and make changes to the computer.
User accounts are password protected
Once a user account is created, it is protected by a password to ensure that unauthorized users do not access it. To change the password, users must simply follow these instructions:
1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
2. Click on Accounts.
3. Click on the Password tab, followed by Change Password.
4. When prompted, type and then retype the desired password.
Updating software on a Mac
Updating and installing software is extremely easy to do on a MacBook Pro. Every new Mac has a Software Update feature built in that searches the Web for software updates wither daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on how often it is configured for. On the scheduled time, the Mac searches for updates and asks the user if he or she wants to install them if any software updates are located. Sometimes an update or install requires the user to restart the computer, and other times it only requires the user to agree to the terms of the software. Either way, Macs essentially remain up to date with no effort on behalf of users. To set how often the Mac will search for updates, simply follow these instructions:
1. Click on System Preferences from the Apple menu
2. Click on System Update
3. Click on Download important updates in the background, and the Mac will routinely look for updates as the computer is used.
This is just a small sample of the Mac Essentials, but they are representative of just how easy Macs are to use. No task on a MacBook Pro is too difficult for even a novice computer user.