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How do you power up a Mac?

On your Mac you will find a round button with a dash and a three-quarter circle.
This is the power button.



Starting a new Mac for the first time
Have you just bought a brand new Mac? Or are you about to buy one?
Take a look here: a brand new Mac.

Account Name and a Password So the very first time you start MacOS, you will be asked to provide an Account Name and a Password
Take this very seriously! This all has to do with the privacy Apple advertises.

Account Name
Choose your Account name carefully, because you will see it for the rest of your Mac life.

Password
Make up a password of at least six characters with some numbers in it.
Write it down somewhere; (!!!)
because you won't be the first to forget it - and not the last.




The Desktop
Once the Mac has started, you will see the Desktop in front of you:



At the top is the transparent Menu bar:



At the left corner of the Menu bar you see the Apple logo, home of the Apple Menu.
Right the Spotlight magnifying glass. This is the MacOS internal search engine.


At the bottom you will see a row of icons: this is called the Dock:



The Mouse annex Cursor annex Pointer
We simply call the arrow that you see on the screen "Mouse".

How do you turn off a Mac?
You can find Shut down... under the Apple top left: in the so-called Apple Menu. Go there with your mouse, click and move as desired and then release the mouse button. The Mac will then shut down and close all programs by itself.



Note: You can also find Restart ... and Sleep * in the Apple Menu.

* Sleep: the computer is on but uses as little power as possible.
Snoozing happens automatically when you leave your Mac alone for a while.
Wake up? Press any key or click the mouse.


Eject external drives
You can eject USB sticks, external hard drives and other types of disks by 'dragging and dropping' them into the Trash. The trash icon will automatically turn into an eject symbol:



'Drag and drop' the disk into the trash and it will be removed.

WARNING
Never pull a USB stick or other drive out of your Mac without removing it first!
You can damage the file system if you do not delete properly. And you will immediately receive a comment.


Ejecting Discs: more roads lead to Rome
1. Drag and drop into the Recycle Bin
2. Mac keyboards also have a disk eject key in the top right corner:



3. You may also right-click on the Desktop and then choose "Delete -name disk-".
4. In the Sidebar, you also have an eject button behind each removable disk.
5. In some apps you can also eject a disc, for example in Photos with SD cards.
6. In Terminal you can use the command "drutil tray eject" for a CD or DVD.



The next chapter is:
the Mac keyboard






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