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, by Anthony Jemerson
Mac is a perfect device and worth buying, but what is the next step? Instead of plunging into the dull matter of long detailed manuals, you can get started by learning just 10 advice for successful initial work with your Mac.
1. A Backup Plan. Not So Obvious Yet Important
You may store lots of your files in iCloud, but still you need a backup. Mac provides a convenient backup instrument of its own, which is the TimeMachine. Certainly, since TimeMachine is designed for Macs, it is the easiest way to set a backup plan for a Mac owner.
Still, your choice is flexible. You can use either TimeMachine or any other backup method as well.
2. Sign into iCloud
This is a must for the majority of Mac owners who load back and forth large information volumes. Another reason to use iCloud is the Apple ecosystem, which is essentially based on iCloud synchronization. Your iCloud account will be a portal to access lots of files including documents, photos, music and much more. Just sign up with your Apple ID and your data in watchOS, tvOs and iOS will become a single big world for you to enjoy.
3. Sign into iTunes
iTunes is another place to sign in. The media player app is almost always preinstalled on your device. If it is not, for some reason, you need to download it manually. iTunes provides a storage for all kinds of your media files like iBooks, tv shows or music.
In case you keep your media content elsewhere, you still can download your purchased media files via iTunes.
4. Setting Up Email and Calendar
You may find plenty nice email and calendar apps for your Mac, but there are two built-in Mail and Calendar options as well. One reason to do so is that a few Apple programs (especially iCal) need them for smooth synchronization. Also, you can be always certain in the default apps as they are always supported by the developer (in this case Apple) while you can not be so sure about similar third-party apps. In other words, no one can say for sure that a particular third-party app will be still supported on your Mac in a year or two.
5. Setting Up Optimized Storage
Apple’s preventive measure (and possibly cure) for the issues with the disk space is called Optimized Storage. The feature makes use of a few iCloud sync options to preserve a reasonable free space on the hard disk.
And unnecessary stuff on your storage can be effectively removed with the use of a sound MacBook Pro cleaning tools like MacFly Pro or others.
6. Automatic Downloads: Another Item to Set Up
Mac users may regularly update both their operating systems and apps due to constant efforts by Apple developers. In order to keep pace with the current updates, you should set up automatic downloads that will ensure your timely knowledge of all new features that appear on your Mac. The service won’t take any serious amount of resources from your system as it will run in the background.
7. Connecting Your Printer
It would be smart to connect and set up a printer on your new Mac just from the very beginning. The reason is simple as the printer is a kind of peripheral that you may need all of a sudden, so you will thank yourself for its early connection.
Or else you may regret when one day you have an urgent matter to print and still need to priorly spend some time and effort to connect and set up the printer.
8. Set Up the Mac App Store
Apple provides for your service plenty new programs and Apple updates both to help you raising your Mac performance, upgrading your security or caring for your entertainment. The most convenient way to be aware of new useful Mac software is the Mac App Store. So it is essential to assimilate the tool from the very beginning of your Mac experience. Thanks to perfect synchronization, you will enjoy the purchased programs on all your Apple devices.
Here you may ask: “Can my friends with an access to my Mac use my shared folders in the same way?” Yes, they can. And absolutely in the same way.
9. Integrating Social Media
Being integrated into social media promises vast opportunities so don’t postpone. If you are signed into Facebook and Twitter, you can enjoy systemwide integration on your Mac. For example, it is possible to have your Siri update your Facebook status or check Twitter alerts in the Notification Center. To sign up to Facebook or Twitter head to the System Preferences > Users & Groups where you need to select your account and enter your username and password.
10. Set Up Your Spotlight Search Engine
The Spotlight is another feature that you should activate from the very beginning as it does not require any special experience and opens up huge opportunities. More specifically, this program’s opportunities allow you a universal and friendly search of everything you may want on the Internet. With Spotlight, you can find practically everything. Sometimes you may even find utilities you didn’t know you had. To use the feature, just click the search icon in the upper right corner and enter a word or phrase.
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