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by MARK WEST 03/08/10

Mac Tips

Special Keys

The Mac Command Key

You probably call this the "Apple Key", but it's officially called the Command Key and it is located near your spacebar. It is used on a Mac much like the control key is used on Microsoft Windows®; example: control-c on Windows copies and on a Mac we use command-c; control-v pastes on Windows and command-v pastes on Mac OS.

The Option Key

The Option Key is located near the Command Key and is sometimes called the ALT key. This key can frustrate a Windows user, as it doesn't work as a Windows ALT key does (you'll often use the Command Key on Mac where ALT is used in Windows), such as when tabbing through open applications: on Windows it's ALT-Tab, on a Mac it's Command-Tab.

The Control Key

The Control Key is located near the Command Key and has special funtions on a Mac (see "Right Clicking" below).

Exiting A Bad Program

On Windows, Alt+F4 will quickly terminate a program.

On Mac OS, Command+Q will quickly terminate a program.

The "3-Finger Salute"

On Windows, when a program stops behaving properly, you can press Control+Alt+Delete to invoke the Task Manager to make an application stop.

On Mac OS, you can accomplish the same thing by pressing Command+Option+Escape; this invokes the Force Quit menu and you can make applications stop.

"Right Clicking"

Sometimes you need to right click. On most computers it's easy, as they come with a two-button mouse. On Mac OS, you typically find a single-button mouse.

You can plug a two-button mouse in to a Mac and it will work. The reason is because two-button mice work on Unix and Mac OS is a Unix variant that uses parts from FreeBSD's and NetBSD's implementation of Unix.

You can also "right click" on a Mac with a single button mouse. To do so, you can do either of the following:

  1. Press and hold the Control Key while clicking.
  2. (This one only works if you have a Mac with a touchpad - usually a laptop) place two fingers on the touchpad while clicking.

Promethean ActivClassroom Best Practices

  • Get the kids to the board. They should be using the pens too! (Kids shouldn't ask, "Can I write on the board? We had one in my last grade, but I never got to write on it"). If the kids never get to the board, it's not interactive for them.
  • Clean the pens (not your board!) with alcohol, such as germ-X to help reduce the spread of germs.
  • Clean a dirty activboard with either a slightly damp cloth or just a little dry-erase board cleaner (such as Expo cleaner) sprayed onto a cloth (not directly on board). (More Info).
  • No abrasives: Don't clean a board with anything abrasive (per the spiral-bound ActivClassRoom Training Series by Promethean Professional Development © 2009 Promethean, p. 9)
  • No alcohol: Don't clean an activboard with alcohol, such as germ-X (feel free to use germ-X on the pens, though). Alcohol is a drying agent that might cause a cracking of the surface, which will reduce your ability to clean stains and may affect the board's performance in the affected area.
  • No petroleum: Don't clean a board with cleaners or solvents that are petroleum-based (ibid.)
  • No scratching: If the board is scratched, it can't be repaired. If (or should I say when) you get a stain, the scratch will make it almost impossible to clean and may affect the board's performance in the affected area.
  • No soap: Don't clean a board with soap or detergents (ibid.)