What is that called on the Mac? Translation assistance for those switching from Windows to Mac

From the Windows system to the Mac operating system - this is how you can find the right words under macOS.

Mac users write to me from time to time who have previously worked on Windows PCs for years and have a correspondingly large amount of knowledge in this operating system. I've never had much to do with Windows and that's why I'm not very familiar with Windows terms such as user accounts, explorer, taskbar, start menu and the like. It's the same with those who switch from Windows to macOS. They have to struggle with the desk, favorites, finder, dock, activity monitor and launchpad and slowly get used to the Mac vocabulary.

From the Windows system to the Mac operating system - this is how you can find the right words under macOS.

From the Windows system to the Mac operating system - this is how you can find the right words under macOS.

In order to make it a little easier for people switching and for me to communicate, I have put together a few terms that mean the same system functions, programs or areas, but describe them in different words. I sometimes wrote in brackets how to get to the individual settings.

The system settings on the Mac: Here you will find the so-called control fields that allow settings in various system areas.

The system settings on the Mac: Here you will find the so-called control fields that allow settings in various system areas.

Most of the items that can be found in the "Settings" area on Windows are accessible as a control panel under "System Settings" on the Mac. You can find this area via the gray button with the gear symbol at the bottom of the dock (the bar with the program symbols, which can usually be seen at the bottom of the screen).

WindowsMac
System and devices (via settings)System Settings -> General, Mouse, Printers & Scanners, Monitors
user accountsSystem Settings -> Users & Groups
Quick access (in Explorer)Finder Window -> Favorites sidebar
Lock screen (Settings -> Personalization)System Preferences -> Desktop & Screensaver
ExploreFinder (quasi the user interface of the Mac)
Date / timeSystem Settings -> Date & Time
desktopDesk (also as a folder view via the Desk link in the sidebar)
Background (under settings)System Preferences -> Desktop & Screensaver
Devices (under Settings)System Preferences -> Printers & Scanners
Printer waiting listPrinter queue (usually reached by double-clicking the printer icon in the dock)
Easier operation (under settings)System Preferences -> Accessibility
power optionsSystem settings -> save energy
Info area of ​​the taskbarMenulets (symbols in the menu bar at the top right)
Internet optionsSafari -> Preferences
Mouse (under Settings -> Devices)System Preferences -> Mouse
Network and Internet (under Settings)System Settings -> Network
Folder options (via ribbon)Display options (accessible via a marked folder -> Display -> Show display options)
Update and security (via settings)System Settings -> Security, Parental Control
LoudspeakersSystem Preferences -> Sound
"All apps" in the start menuLaunchpad (rocket icon in the dock) or accessible via the "Applications" folder
System (via settings)Call up the "Apple menu" at the top left, then About this Mac -> More information
Windows settingsSystem Settings
taskbarDock (at the bottom of the screen)
Keyboard (via Settings -> Devices)System Preferences -> Keyboard
Task managerActivity indicator (accessible via Applications -> Utilities)
CTRL - ALT - DELETEcmd + alt + esc
DriveVolume or image
formatInitialize

 

Incidentally, my list is inspired by the highly recommended book "The big Mac book for beginners and those switching"This covers many aspects of macOS and also helps migrating from Windows to macOS in particular.

In addition to this table, I will soon be putting together a list of "Frequently Asked Questions from Win-to-Mac Converters". This post will explain, among other things, how to burn CDs on the Mac, where to find the start menu or where to look for the taskbar on the Mac. There are certainly some interesting points for pure Mac beginners, but the article is mainly aimed at those who switch from Windows systems.

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