A Safety Net for the Absolute Beginner (Or Any User)
In the following sections, I deal with the stuff that OS X Help doesn’t cover — or doesn’t cover in nearly enough detail. If you’re a first-time Macintosh user, please, please read this section of the book carefully; it could save your life. Okay, okay, perhaps I’m being overly dramatic. What I mean to say is that reading this section could save your Mac or your sanity. Even if you’re an experienced Mac user, you might want to read this section. Chances are you’ll see at least a few things you might have forgotten that will come in handy now that you’ve been reminded of them.
Turning the dang thing on
Okay. This is the big moment — turning on your Mac! Gaze at it longingly first, and say something cheesy, such as “You’re the most awesome computer I’ve ever known.” If that doesn’t turn on your Mac (and it probably won’t), keep reading.
Apple, in its infinite wisdom, has manufactured Macs with power buttons on every conceivable surface: on the front, side, and back of the computer itself and even on the keyboard or monitor.
So if you don’t know how to turn on your Mac, don’t feel bad; just look in the manual or booklet that came with your Mac. It’s at least one thing that the documentation always covers.
These days, most Macs have a power-on button near the keyboard (notebooks) or the back (iMacs). It usually looks like the little ...