The Desktop and Windows and Menus (Oh My!)
In This Chapter
Checking out the parts of a window
Dealing with dealie-boppers in windows
Resizing, moving, and closing windows
Getting comfortable with menu basics
This chapter introduces important features of OS X, starting with the first things you see when you log in: the Finder and its Desktop. After a quick look around the Desktop, you get a look into two of its most useful features: windows and menus.
Windows are (and have always been) an integral part of Macintosh computing. Windows in the Finder (or, as a PC user would say, “on the Desktop”) show you the contents of the hard drive, optical drive, flash (thumb) drive, network drive, disk image, and folder icons; windows in applications do many things. The point is that windows are part of what makes your Mac a Mac; knowing how they work — and how to use them — is essential.
Menus are another quintessential part of the Macintosh experience. The latter part of this chapter starts ...