Using Boot Camp

At this point, your Mac is actually a true Windows PC. You can install and run Windows programs, utilities, and even games; you’ll discover that they run really fast and well.

Most of your Mac’s features work in Windows: Ethernet and Wi-Fi networking, audio input and output, built-in camera, brightness and volume keys, key, multitouch trackpad gestures, Bluetooth, and so on. You’ll also discover a new Control Panel icon and system-tray pop-up menu, as described later in this section.


Once you’re running Windows, you might wonder: How am I supposed to right-click? I don’t have a two-button mouse or two-button trackpad!

Yes, you do. See Right-Clicking and Shortcut Menus for a panoply of options.

Forth and Back, Windows/Mac

From now on, your main interaction with Boot Camp will be telling it what kind of computer you want your Mac to be today: a Windows machine or a Mac.

Presumably, though, you’ll prefer one operating system most of the time. Figure 8-2 (top and middle) shows how you specify your favorite.


If you’re running Windows and you just want to get back to OS X right now, you don’t have to bother with all the steps shown in Figure 8-2. Instead, click the Boot Camp system-tray icon and, from the shortcut menu, choose Restart in OS X.

From now on, each time you turn on the Mac, it starts up in the operating system you’ve selected.

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