Just bought a Mac? Then you’ve entered an exclusive club: only 8.21 percent of computer users know the awesome benefits that come with using an Apple computer.

Yet if you’re new to the world of macOS, you might need a Mac user guide! There are a lot of differences between macOS and Windows which you might not spot at first glance. We’ve got your back!

In this guide, we’re going to give you a basic Mac tutorial to make you a confident and skilled user of the OS. Once you have the tech of the Mac down, you can elevate your experience with office accessories for Mac. Check out this sleek Macbook stand from Twelve South.

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1. Set Up Backups

Perhaps the most important step in this Mac user guide is backing up your data. If you don’t have your data backed up and something goes wrong, you’re in a lot of trouble, especially if you use your Mac for school or business.

Macs come with a fantastic built-in backup program that makes staying safe and secure easy: Time Machine. You’ll find Time Machine in System Preferences!

All you need to do to set it up is tell the app where you want your files to be backed up and you’re done. You can also encrypt the files if you want your backups to be extra secure.

2. Use iCloud

Some Mac users don’t bother with iCloud but if you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, it can be tremendously useful. iCloud lets you sync contacts, calendars, internet history, and more across all your Apple devices.

To set it up, go to System Preferences and login to your Apple account. Once you’ve done that, you’re all set.

3. Install Some Apps

Want to install some more programs to make your Mac even more useful? Installing programs on a Mac is as easy as it is on Windows!

All you need to do is download a program from the internet and double click the file. This will bring up an installation wizard, like on Windows. If it’s a .dmg file, you may also need to drag it to the Applications folder on your desktop.

While Macs come with plenty of space, you should also learn how to uninstall apps on Mac.

4. Secure Your Data

You must keep your data safe and secure. If your Mac is stolen and your data isn’t encrypted, anyone can access your files and personal information.

To encrypt your files, go to System Preferences then Security and Privacy. Here, you’ll find FileVault: click “turn on FileVault” and follow the instructions.

5. Turn On Automatic Updates

Keeping your Mac updated means that there aren’t any security holes in your computer. To turn on automatic updates, go to System Preferences and App Store. Here, you can select what you’d like to keep updated.

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