A Few Basic Tips Every Macbook Owner Ought to Learn

Some people are not that great with technology so they need to learn from the very bottom. If you happen to fall into this category and have recently purchased a Macbook, you will definitely need some help from other people.

However, if there is nobody around to give you a hand, the next best thing is to go and read some articles. Well, it just so happens that this one also serves the same purpose. Continue reading and once you finish, there is no doubt that the confidence levels of using your brand new computer are going to get higher.

Installing and Uninstalling Apps

Getting new applications and deleting them on a Macbook is a bit different, especially if you are making a switch from the Windows OS.

Of course, this does not apply for every single instance, but you will mostly have to download stuff from the official websites, mount the .dmg file and remove it from the application folder.

It may seem a bit weird at first, but after you do this a few times, any doubts you might have had at first will simply disappear.

And like already mentioned, some applications will require an installation wizard, and the ones you get from the official app store will install automatically, similar to what you see on smartphones.

As for how to uninstall apps on mac, the process is straightforward as well. There is a trash bin icon on your desktop, so whenever you want to get rid of something, simply drag the icon and put it in the trash.

Defragmentation is Not Necessary

Those who have made a switch from the Windows are pleasantly surprised when they learn that there is no need to defragment the computer.

The Mac OS works in a way that if something on the drive gets fragmented, it automatically gets defragmented at the same time. And the process is not going to happen if you are actively using the Macbook.

Of course, if you feel like this is something to take care of manually, then you can always look to download software and run a test to see what the results are like.

Every Macbook Owner Ought to Learn

Applications Crashes?

Despite all the claims of smooth sailing you see advertised about Macbooks, experiencing random application freezes or crashes is not something to be surprised about.

Whenever this happens, right-click on the icon and select “Force Quit”. If this is not working, press and hold the “options” key and right-click on the application icon then.

Again, if you are used to holding control + alt + delete and are looking for something similar, replace that sequence with the command + options + escape. A window will appear where you can select the apps you want to kill.


No matter what kind of device it is, safety should always be one of the priorities. Malware can end up on a computer when you least expect it, and it will cause you a lot of problems. In some instances, users notice that they have a problem before it becomes too late.

Have anti-virus software running at all times, and when you have time, scan the drive to see if everything is in check.

System Information

If you are interested in finding out how much free space you have left on the computer, what are the current versions of the apps you are using, and so on, this bit of information is available by accessing the “System Information” application.

“FN” Key

The “fn”, which is located at the very bottom-left of the keyboard is definitely something you want to get comfortable with and use more often. First and foremost, it is the default for activating dictation and speech. Moreover, it is known as a modifier key and can make working on a Macbook that much easier. You can find the most useful keyboard shortcuts on the official Apple store.

Startup Items

When you notice that the loading time when you launch a Macbook takes too long, it is possible that this occurs due to too many login items.

There is absolutely no reason to have numerous applications leech resources. Instead of having multiple apps launch, reduce that number to the bare minimum.

Login Items can also be found in the Applications folder. Launch the app and remove all the unnecessary items from it. After all, you can always start an app manually whenever you need to use one.

So to sum everything up, the idea of struggling with a Macbook is not something out of the realm of impossibilities, especially for those who have been using Windows for many years. However, just like with everything else, it takes time getting used to it. And for those who want to speed up the process, these tips will certainly be of great help.

Meet Adwaith, a tech-savvy editor who's all about gadgets and gizmos. With a degree in Computer Engineering and a passion for all things tech, he's been guiding readers through the world of hardware for 10 years. Known for his clear, insightful reviews, Adwaith is the trusted voice behind TechLog360. Off-duty, he loves building PCs for charity.


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