Most Windows users who switch to the Mac never look back. But that doesn't mean the switch is always easy at first. There are zillions of little differences to figure out, and some big ones, too (and we don't just mean the relative absence of viruses and spyware). Switching to the Mac, Tiger Edition: The Missing Manual can smooth out every bump on your learning curve.
Your head guide: New York Times tech columnist David Pogue, who's demystified more technologies for more people than just about anyone else in human history. Pogue and Adam Goldstein start with the stuff Mac newbies will confront first. How do I 'right-click' with a one-button mouse? How do I use my favorite shortcut key combos on this Mac keyboard? How do I make the Mac interface look a bit more familiar?
Along the way, they clue you into some terrific, elegant, Mac-only features. Example: the ability to color-code files and folders and use your color coding to organize your information any way you'd like. Example #2: Mac's Spotlight file search, everything Windows' file search tool should've been, but wasn't.
Once you've settled in, you'll learn how to move your furnishings in: your data (from Outlook email to Quicken and QuickBooks files); your software (or the nearest Mac counterparts); your settings (including mail, IM, and Internet configurations); and your hardware. You'll tour the Mac's many free programs, from Chess to Sherlock, and get troubleshooting help for those rare moments when you'll need it. There's even a glossary of Windows jargon mapped to its Mac equivalent. It won't be long before you think you were born using a Mac. Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only