by MARK WEST 2/4/10
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 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 is located near the Command Key and has special funtions on a Mac (see "Right Clicking" below).
On Windows, Alt+F4 will quickly terminate a program.
On Mac OS, Command+Q will quickly terminate a program.
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.
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:
ActivStudio and ActivInspire both allow you to take a screen shot.
For ActivInspire users, you'll notice new positioning tools that ActivStudio didn't have. You may feel free to ignore them, or continue reading to learn what they do. Left and Top are screen positions. These are cartesean coordinates of your desktop. The uppermost, left-hand corner is 0,0 or x=0 and y=0. If your desktop is set to a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 (1024 wide, 768 tall) then x could range from 0=1024 and y from 0-768. Width is the width of the area you want to copy and Height is the height of the region. You could set these by hand, but when you click and drag, this region is automatically defined for you.
How Tos >