How I like to set Macs up for the start of class

I click on the tiny apple
turn on F keys on the top left of my Mac.
This I select Preferences from the dropdown window that appears:
choose preferences
This opens up the Preferences window:
system preferences

I click on the keyboard icon inside the Preferences window:
keyboard icon
Then I check the box to the left of the ‘use all F keys’
turn on F keys.
Note: If I don’t do this, Mac’s shortcuts will override the shortcuts in Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash.

I then hit the back button
the back button.

Then I select the expose icon:

And make the expose settings look like this
expose settings
This enables me to see the desktop if I move my mouse to the top left of the monitor (a very useful trick) and if I move my mouse to the top right of the monitor, I will be able to see all open windows (another very useful trick).

3 Replies to “How I like to set Macs up for the start of class”

  1. That’s exactly how I have mine set up! On my own computer, I have the bottom right corner set to activate the screen saver. I like this because it’s an easy way to lock the computer if you have to step away for a sec. Obviously this wouldn’t work in a school setting since everyone uses the same login name and password, but it’s a good tip for your own Mac.

      1. I guess you will :)
        If/when you cross that bridge and you opt for a laptop, I highly recommend going to with a matte screen (versus glossy). It costs a little bit more, but it’s definitely worth it. The glossy will drive you crazy if spend all day on it.

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