Lesson Two


Updated 2023-11-08 for Ventura: change Preferences to Settings

Get Apple Software Up To Date

Select  ► System Settings... ► General ► Software Update, and install any updates it finds.

Then choose  ► System Settings... ► App Store and Updates and click Install for all available updates.

Add Your Printer

Connect your device to the computer, or connect it to your local network, or your Wi-Fi. Select  ► System Settings... ► Printers & Scanners. Click Add Printer, Dcanner, or Fax....

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If your printer is visible, select it and click Add.

Install Firefox or Chrome

How to find, download, install and configure a new application. This is an example of a set of skills you will need, using Firefox. (You could also install Google Chrome, using a similar method.)

You can also install plug-ins to change how your browser behaves, discussed in Lesson Three.

Install purchased Applications

You probably bought Microsoft Office, and maybe some other commercial applications. Install each one by downloading a file and following instructions. Visit each app's settings and set up anything that you need to change from the default.

For Microsoft Office, visit the settings for each of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint: in their Settings or Preferences, visit Security and select Disable all macros with notification. This is important to keep you from being hacked by "macro viruses."

For all three applications, I also visit AutoCorrect and turn it OFF completely.

Copy Your Data Onto Your Computer

See moving data for a cookbook on how to load data from an old computer.

Turn On Backup

Plug in your external hard drive and enable Time Machine to start backup. (If you forgot to buy a hard drive, do this soon.) Your first Time Machine backup will take a long time, like overnight, and the computer will work hard while it is running. Be patient.

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