Mac OS X Basics Guides

To start off, let's make sure that we refer to it correctly.  As you can see, it's made of up the letter "O", the letter "S", and the Roman Numeral "X".  It is pronounced as "Mac O-S-Ten."
Mac OS X is not only one of the most modern operating systems on the market, but it is also one of the most secure and stable OS platforms that one can choose.  The core of Mac OS X relies on Darwin, the UNIX-based foundation that does the work behind the scenes.
The "Apple" key is found on both sides of the space bar on an Apple keyboard.  It  has been given its name because it has historically contianed the famous Apple Computer icon on it.  It is also referred to as the Command key.
The Home folder is the location where Mac OS X stores documents, files, preference settings, pictures, music, videos and so on.  Windows users will recognize this folder structure as it is similar to the "My Documents", "My Pictures", and "My Music" folders found on recent Windows versions.
Mac OS X has been designed with three key isolation features: System Isolation, User Isolation, Memory and Application Isolation.  This guide is a brief overview of the article Key Isolation Features in Mac OS X at our main site and is specific to the Library Folders.
You can get some basic information about your Mac with to the Mac OS X "About This Mac" feature.  You have the option to view detailed information as well.
When you initially setup a new Mac you'll run through a program called Setup Assistant to create the initial account on your Mac known as the Administrator.  After this step, you'll then be logged into your Mac.
Whenever you shut down a Mac, Mac OS X will  undergo a procedure to first log you out of your account.  If there are multiple users on your system, you can log out  of your account and  then allow another user to log in without having to perform a restart.
Power Up
To start using your Mac, you'll need to power it up.  The location of the power button depends on the Mac model and particular revision that you own.
Thanks to the slick Aqua user interface you have different options to browse through your MacIntosh HD.  You can accomplish this with a few simple clicks of the mouse and/or keystrokes.  If you prefer the command line, you can launch the Terminal application and browse using UNIX commands.
Applications in Mac OS X are programs.  Mac OS X ships with several dozen of built-in applications that allow you to do a wide range of things and accomplish tasks.  For example, you can create and modify documents, browse the Internet, send and receive e-mails, store and modify a calendar, store contact information, and modify the settings on your Mac.
Windows users are accustomed to two modes of deleting text.  The 'Backspace' key deletes from right to left whereas the 'Delete' key deletes from left to right.  This second method is termed forward delete.  Mac users can also perform a forward delete.