How I like to set Macs up for the start of class

I click on the tiny apple
turn on F keys on the top left of my Mac.
This I select Pref­er­ences from the drop­down win­dow that appears:
choose preferences
This opens up the Pref­er­ences win­dow:
system preferences

I click on the key­board icon inside the Pref­er­ences win­dow:
keyboard icon
Then I check the box to the left of the ‘use all F keys’
turn on F keys.
Note: If I don’t do this, Mac’s short­cuts will over­ride the short­cuts in Adobe Dreamweaver, Pho­to­shop and Flash.

I then hit the back but­ton
the back button.

Then I select the expose icon:

And make the expose set­tings look like this
expose settings
This enables me to see the desk­top if I move my mouse to the top left of the mon­i­tor (a very use­ful trick) and if I move my mouse to the top right of the mon­i­tor, I will be able to see all open win­dows (another very use­ful trick).

3 thoughts on “How I like to set Macs up for the start of class

  1. That’s exactly how I have mine set up! On my own com­puter, I have the bot­tom right cor­ner set to acti­vate the screen saver. I like this because it’s an easy way to lock the com­puter if you have to step away for a sec. Obvi­ously this wouldn’t work in a school set­ting since every­one uses the same login name and pass­word, but it’s a good tip for your own Mac.

      • I guess you will :)
        If/when you cross that bridge and you opt for a lap­top, I highly rec­om­mend going to with a matte screen (ver­sus glossy). It costs a lit­tle bit more, but it’s def­i­nitely worth it. The glossy will drive you crazy if spend all day on it.

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