This list is a must read for every new Mac user, or PC user switching to a Mac:
1. Closing an application window, thinking it has quit.
2. Downloading an app and running it from the disk image.
3. Creating endless untitled folders
4. Using Safariâ€™s Google search to get to a website
5. Confusing the concept of wallpaper with screensaver
6. Double-clicking a window thinking it will maximise it, but instead sending it to the dock
7. Not understanding the usefulness of column view and leaving everything in icon view
8. Not using any keyboard shortcuts
9. Thinking that now theyâ€™ve got rid of Windows they wonâ€™t have problems of _any_ sort on their Mac
10. Renaming desktop icons to random characters because they donâ€™t understand the difference between the enter and the return key on Mac. (Enter puts an icon into rename mode).
11. People trying to find the menus on a window, not realising theyâ€™re always at the top of the screen
12. Trying to resize windows from the edge rather than the drag area on the corner
13. Trying to use the CTRL key rather than CMD key for shortcuts.
14. Thinking itâ€™ll be easy to get a stuck CD out.
15. Installing a program every time they want to run it because they think the installer _is_ the program.
16. Whereâ€™s â€œthe internetâ€? (looking for the Windows Internet Explorer â€œeâ€ icon)
17. Repeatedly hitting the Apple key expecting the Apple menu to pop up (confused with Windows Key and Start Menu concept)
18. Thinking the green â€œ+â€ button maximises a window to full screen (not realising that Appleâ€™s maximise philosophy is to only make a window as big as it needs to be to comfortably fit the width of content currently being displayed)
19. Looking in vain for an uninstaller app, because they donâ€™t realise that uninstalling an application on Mac is as easy as dragging the program icon into the trash.
20. Minimising windows all the time rather than using â€œhideâ€, leaving the document section of the doc littered with forgotten minimised windows (that are quietly occupying system resources).
21. Double-clicking dock icons.
22. Inadvertant click-drags and removing programs from the dock in the process.
23. Saving everything to the desktop or somewhere on the hard drive other than their home folder
24. Trying to load documents or programs multiple times because they donâ€™t recognise the progress indicators (sound of hard drive grinding, CD spinning, Mac spinning beachball, browser status bar)
25. Not understanding that the dock is used to both launch and return to a program â€¦
26. Inability to work with multiple documents on-screen at the same time, because they have only ever learned to use Windowsâ€™ maximise mode which always makes everything full-screen
27. Confusing â€œdeleteâ€ with â€œbackspaceâ€ (because Apple has two keys named â€œdeleteâ€ on the keyboard, one of which does forward delete and the other backward delete. Way to go, usability geniuses).
28. Expecting â€œhomeâ€ and â€œendâ€ keys to go the beginning and end of a line, rather than beginning and end of a document.
29. Not realising that when you copy a folder over an existing one, OS X -replaces- the destination folder rather than merging the contents, which is what Windows does.
30. Looking for the â€œcomplicatedâ€ way of doing everything. For example, trying to go into system preferences and right-clicking on the networking icon in order to find available wireless networks, rather than just clicking on the Airport icon in the menu bar and selecting the relevant wireless network.
It’s not necessarily limited to switchers, though – I have seen a lot of this with new Mac users, too.