Using Mouse and Keyboard on a Mac Lion OS X

Mouse and Keyboard on a Mac Lion OS X – I have never thought using a mouse on a Mac Lion OS X would be totally different than on a PC’s mouse. (I am saying this from a point of view of someone who is just switching from PC to Mac).

As I also mentioned in my “iMac 21.5 2011” post, I have used a MacBook Pro, however I have never used an external mouse (Apple’s Magic Mouse) with it, therefore, I was surprised about the difference.

If we take a look at Magic Mouse, the appearance and form are already different than other mouses that I have ever used.

Usually a mouse, has three areas, one for left click, and then scrolling ball or button, and then the right one is for right click.

This kind of a mouse is very easy to operate or to use even if you have never used them before.

If you see the Magic Mouse for the first time, and never used one before, you will probably be amazed with how simple the design, yet very nice built.

It’s smooth on the surface and very thin on the form.

At first, I didn’t get use to it, because I used to use a thicker mouse. This thin mouse felt somewhat strange, but then after regular use, I really like the form and the smoothness of this small device.

Here is the screenshot of the mouse from the back part:

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The Magic Mouse

Pic #1 is Bluetooth censor (it’s connected to your iMac via Bluetooth connectivity)

Pic #2 is the power switch, down = off, up = on

Pic #3 is the light indicating the mouse on or off. When it’s on, it will show a green light color

Pic #4 is a switch to open the battery

Here is the screenshot of the mouse from the front part:

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Smooth surface of the mouse

Nothing special here, basically the whole area of the mouse is to click, tap, and swipe, so it has no button, light or anything, just a very smooth kind of glass surface.

Apple products seem to use almost similar method to operate their systems and hardware.

Apart of the appearance, Apple built their mouse to be different in use too.

Built for everyone who appreciate elegant device, functionality, and look, Magic Mouse supports swipe, tap and also left or right click like a standard mouse.

When you switch from PC to Mac, but have ever used any Apple’s products, such as iPad, iPod, or iPhone, you will be used to the mouse in no time.

You shouldn’t be worried too much to use the mouse, because on your system, Apple included very intuitive mouse’s guide, be it written or visual, you just have to find it! :-)

Using Mouse and Keyboard on Lion Video

The Mac keyboard

This post is written based on the iMac that I use, and when I first received it, the wireless keyboard was included.

Not different than the mouse, it’s different than any standard keyboard.

It’s like my HP G6 series 15″ laptop’s keyboard, except there are some special Apple’s keys, like Command and other different shortcuts.

The design is like the mouse, very elegant, smooth and very nice to use. Coming from a full size keyboard user, at first it was also very inconvenient to use, however, today I am happy to use it, not loud, and solid keys.

Alright, here is the wireless keyboard screenshot from the front:

Not very difficult to understand the functions of each keys on the keyboard, except the CMD key which is absolutely new for a new Mac user.

This is like a Control key in Windows keyboard, so basically you will need it very often if you love to do things with keyboard shortcuts.

The keyboard screenshot from back left side (there is nothing on the back part, except Apple logo, so I didn’t take a screenshot of it):

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Where the batteries are

The red highlighted is the switch to open Keyboard’s battery.

Screenshot from the right side:

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Power Switch On/Off

The red highlighted is the power switch off/on.

Summary Of This Mac’s Mouse and Keyboard

From my own experience, I do need a while until I get used to the keys, and different keyboard shortcuts.

I needed a while to learn all of the features which I have never knew before, when I used my beloved Intel Core Duo Windows Vista dell desktop.

You should be in the situation where you don’t have to be able to “know” with your new Mac, and you will be fine.

What I mean by this is, when you expect your first days to be productive days with your new system, it’s more likely not going to happen, because switching from PC to Mac is easy but it needs time to be familiar with the whole system and hardware.