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Mac Basics: Focus on Foundations

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Jamie Pollock
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Learn to use an iMac or MacBook Pro laptop in this Mac class for beginners. Get training on Apple’s Finder, software, and apps, on macOS so you can work smarter & have a great time!

Class Description

“To turn on your Mac computer, just push the button.”


Getting a new computer is like making a new friend—you need to take the time to get to know each other.

Whether you're new to computers or transitioning to the Apple ecosystem, this Mac Basics class is everything you need to get up & running.

With clear & easy-to-follow step-by-step guidance, you'll get a comprehensive view of the Mac environment & gain a deeper understanding of how to best utilize its functions to your advantage.

Learn how to use all the essential features of the macOS Operating System including:

  • The Finder
  • The Desktop
  • The Dock
  • Using Spotlight for finding things
  • How to configure your machine to meet your unique needs
  • How to handle problems when things go wrong

Take the guesswork out of using your iMac or MacBook Pro laptop. With just a little bit of knowledge, you'll soon appreciate why so many people choose the power & grace of Apple computers.

Although this is a beginner class, we specialize in teaching “what you don’t know you don’t know,” meaning even intermediate Mac users will learn valuable & practical tips & tricks.

Take this class & discover the elegance & simplicity of Apple computers—and see what amazing adventures your new best friend will enable you to experience!

You’ll Learn About:

  • macOS / Mac OSX
  • The Finder
  • What is the Desktop, Menus, and The Dock
  • Control Center and Notification Center
  • Using a mouse or trackpad
  • Opening and Closing applications 
  • Controlling windows and dealing with multiple windows
  • Using Spotlight to search for and find things
  • System Settings
  • Help: The built in users guide
  • A ton of tips & tricks for users of all levels



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Enroll in Jamie’s Mac Basics series & get the most out of your Apple computer! With this 3-part Mac training series for beginners, you’ll gain the skills & confidence to use your iMac or MacBook Pro laptop like an expert. Act now & save 20% by purchasing all three courses as a bundle for just $135.

Don’t miss this chance to upgrade your Mac skills. Grab this special offer now & start your journey toward Mac mastery today!

Why pay separately when you can save 20% by bundling? Buy all three together for $135!





Instructional Level

Beginner to Intermediate

Course Length

2 hours

Course Credits

2, Certificate of Completion

Field of Study


Delivery Method

QAS/Self Study/Blended

Who should take this class?

  • Novice Macintosh users who want to be more comfortable with their computers.

Instructional Level

Although this is a beginner class, we specialize in “what you don’t know you don’t know,”
so even intermediate Mac users will learn new & useful tricks.



Watch it again later

You'll have lifetime access to the on-demand course including all handouts & class material. You'll also be able to ask questions in the Q&A forum & get answers, even years later. You can pause, rewind, speed up, & watch again & again as you apply what you learn to each situation as it crops up.


Course Updated: February 2023
Course Page Updated: February 2023

Here is the course outline:

1. Download the Handout

Download the handout that goes with the course.

Download the handout here

2. Watch the Videos | Mac Basics: Focus on Foundations (2023)

Learn to use an iMac or MacBook Pro laptop in this Mac class for beginners. Get training on Apple’s Finder, software, and apps, on macOS so you can work smarter & have a great time!

1 - Intro and Overview of Mac Basics
2- The Menu Bar
3- The Dock
4- Using the Mouse and Trackpad
5- Working with Apps and Navigating App Control
6- Power Management: Restarting, Power Down, and Power Cycle Your Mac
7- When Things Go Wrong: Closing Apps and Force Quit
8- Software Updates and Conclusion

3. Watch the Videos - macOS: All the Basics Part 1 (2022)

Start at the beginning and get a great foundation of information, whether you are new to Macs, or a Windows switcher. This class is great for Seniors and Beginners! We will cover the Mac Operating System, including everything you need from getting set up, to looking around, to getting work done, and app management.

Introduction to macOS: All the Basics Part 1
What is macOS: Getting Familiar with Your Operating System
Getting to Know Application Menus
Getting to Familiar with Your Desktop and Your Dock
Customizing the Apps on Your Dock
Clicking (Mouse and Trackpad) Techniques and Visual Cues
Working with Multiple Apps
How to Manage Open Windows
What to do When Something Goes Wrong - How to Force Quit Apps
Back to Basics - Power Options for Your mac (Turning Off, Sleep, Restarting)
System Preferences Options
The App Store (software and applications)
Menu Extras and Spotlight Search Feature

4. Take the Quiz

Take this quiz to demonstrate your mastery of the material. Pass the quiz with an 80% or higher to complete the Course, earn your Certificate, and win points!

Participation Quiz


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Royalwise CPE Certificate
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