Before you can crack on and use your fantastic Apple Mac you need to …. turn it on! Also known as ‘starting it up.’
The easiest way to turn on your Mac, and the way you will do it 99% of the time is to press the power button.
Depending on what type of Apple Machine you have this all important button can be found in various locations. For example if you are the proud owner of a Mac Mini and some glorious iMacs the button will be located at the back. But for most Macbooks, Macbook pro laptops and some iMacs, the button will be nestled on the front of the machine to the side on the keyboard.
A second or so after you press down on the iconic button a musical chime will sound, letting your know it is starting up. Next it will display that sexy Apple logo. This shows your computer is working and on its way to fully booting up.
What happens the first time ever you turn on you Mac?
If your Apple Mac is brand spanking new to you or you are reinstalling your operating system, the the first time you turn on your mac there will be a few commands to follow. Don’t worry you will only be asked to carry out the setting process once and it is very straight forward. You will just be asked to type in your name and preferred password to create a Mac account. To guide you through the rest of this process is a handy program called the Setup Assistant. As it runs it will ask you for information such as your current time zone, todays date, and importantly whether you would like to transfer existing files and programs from another Mac to your new one.
All elements of this procedure is somewhat important but if you find latter on that you wish to change the date or time of your computer or even the language settings etc there is always a way. The most crucial part of this exercise is to remember your Mac password. You will need it to log in to your account and whenever you download and install a software.
Once this procedure has come to an end you will be free to explore the many fun Apple apps, play a game, write a letter, compose a musical number in Garage Band and browse the internet to your hearts content.