Introduction to macOS

Duration: 1 Day


Introduction to macOS X is a one-day preliminary course for those new to macOS X who need to prepare for the macOS X Support Essentials course, or other technical macOS X training courses. This course focuses on getting to know the foundations of macOS X, with topics ranging from efficient window and application management to system customisation. Delegates also learn how to configure user accounts and manage files.


Basic familiarity of OS X from a previous version and basic computer navigation skills.

Course includes

A comprehensive set of reference notes covering course topics, follow-up telephone support and, for training on Transmedia premises, lunch and refreshments.

Course outline


  • Install macOS X
  • Creating a first user account
  • Installation options

Setting up

  • First time setup
  • Creating different user accounts
  • Differences between Standard and Admin Users

Introduction to OS X

  • Tour of the Desktop
  • Explore the Menu Bar and Dock

File management and Spotlight

  • What is the Finder?
  • Setting different views
  • Customising the side bar
  • Moving and deleting files
  • QuickLook

System Preferences

  • The four types of preferences
  • Changing user and system settings

Overview of included applications

  • Explore applications included with OS X

Apple Mail

  • Setting up mail accounts
  • Customising mail folders
  • Adding smart mailboxes
  • Using rules, using integration features
  • Data detectors and notes


  • Seeing events added from Mail
  • Adding, amending and deleting events
  • Adding, publishing and deleting calendars
  • Using To Do items inside Calendar


  • Adding, moving and sorting contacts
  • Integrating with Mail


  • Setting preferences
  • Using tabs
  • Creating a Dashboard item
  • Web clips
  • History and top sites


  • Customising Dashboard Widgets
  • Adding and removing Dashboard Widgets
  • Accessing using function keys
  • Setting a hot corner

Mission Control/Desktops

  • Using and customising Mission Control
  • Creating Multiple Desktops with Spaces


  • Setting up
  • Customising
  • Changing settings
  • Using Siri with other apps

Fast user switching

  • Switching between users
  • Understanding advantages and security risks

File permissions and sharing

  • Transferring files between users
  • Understanding the public Dropbox
  • Changing file permissions

Time Machine

  • Setting up Time Machine
  • Simulate backup, delete and restore

Disk Utility

  • Partitioning Hard Drives
  • Creating Disk Images & DMGs
  • Restore
  • First Aid & Erase


  • How to Set Up
  • Installing Windows
  • Dual Booting

Live Chat

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(This offer applies for delegates on the same public scheduled course on the same date.)

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