What is a Mac Desktop?
Contrary to what some people may believe a Mac desktop is not a snazzy desk you purchase to display your Mac computer…
A Mac desktop is actually the large main space on your screen which displays your chosen wall paper. It is where you always return to and carry out most of your work. You access your files, folders and applications from here. If you were to insert a CD or DVD its icon will pop up on your desktop. If you were to insert and external hard drive or USB pen the icon for these would also show up here.
Your Mac desktop is where to magic happens!
Elements of Your Mac Desktop
Learning and getting to grips with your Mac desktop of one of the first important steps to take on your mission to becoming a Mac Nerdy know it all! So lets break it down and go over each element of your precious Mac desktop.
1.) Apple Menu – This is represented by a mini Apple logo located on the top left of your screen. You will find yourself paying a visit to this icon frequently as it is where you can access your important software updates, system preferences, sleep mode, shut down and more.
2.) Applications Menu – Note this option will only show up when you have an application such as TextEdit open. It will be in bold and located next to the Apple menu. Click on this tab and you will be greeted by a drop down menu hosting some useful options relevant to the application.
3.) Menu Bar aka Tool Bar – This is the horizontal bar laid across the top of your desktop. This contains all of the vital drop down menus and will update its options to which ever app, software or program you are using.
It contains the main Apple menu (as described above) active applications menu, status menus, spotlight, any menu bar extras.
4.) Status Menu – This handy little section is located at the top right of your toolbar. Here you will see how high or low your battery charge is and the the date and time. It also allows you quick access into certain features such as the ability to mute the volume of your speakers, control your blue tooth and turn on and off your Wi-fi.
5.) Spotlight – This icon looks like a spy glass and is perched on the far right on your desktop. Spotlight is a useful search field and enables you to look for and locate files, programs etc on your mac.
6.) Notification Centre icon – This looks like three horizontal exclamation marks and is located on the very right edge of your screen. Click this to view your personal Notification centre. This icon helpfully consolidates all of your notifications from the Mac Calendar, Mail, Messages, Reminders, and even some third-party apps.
7.) Desktop – The large space that shows your wallpaper. This is where all of your applications’ and windows will appear. Interestingly you can actually have more than one desktop to work from. You can add additional desktops in your Mission Control. Alternatively if you are currently using Mac OS X v10.6 or higher, you can use Spaces.
8.) The Dock – This is the rater attractive library of icons you have usual located at the bottom of your desktop. You Dock is used a s quick access point to all of your favourite and more frequently used applications, folders, and files. A single click on the desired icons and your app, folder or file will pop open.
To make the most of your of Dock why not customise if so it suits your needs perfectly. For a tutorial on ‘How to Customise Mac’ just click here.