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The Windows Task Bar And The Mac Dock

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In this weeks edition of the Fedora Outlier Switching To A Mac Series we will be talking about using the Windows Task-bar and the Mac Dock. I believe that by the time you are finished reading this post those of you that are contemplating making the switch from Windows to a Mac will notice that there is a lot about the Mac that is similar to a Windows computer. It is for this exact reason that we here at Fedora Outlier are doing these kinds of posts. So sit back and grab your beverage of choice and lets learn about the Windows Task-bar and the Mac Dock.

The Windows Task-bar

The windows Task-bar is the place where most of your open documents and applications can be found. The Task-bar can be easily accessed by pressing Windows+T from anywhere in windows. Once on the Task-bar, you can use the left and right arrow key to move between the available running programs.

Pressing the Enter key or the Spacebar will open the currently focussed program, such as placing you in the document that you were editing before you moved to another application.

The Task-bar can also hold shortcuts to launch applications. Depending on your setup, you may already have a shortcut on the Task-bar for Internet Explorer and some other installed applications. For example, I have a shortcut on my Task-bar for Mozilla Firefox. Pressing Windows+T, I can then right arrow over to Firefox and press the Spacebar to launch the application.

You can add applications on to the Task-bar in a number of ways. A fairly simple way is to locate the application on the start menu. Once you have selected the desired application, do the following. Note: (I have a num pad on the laptop I am using, so I will give those keystrokes. If your keyboard does not have a num pad, it will be necessary to use the laptop keystrokes for jaws. These commands can be found in the jaws help menu under keyboard commands.)

With the application highlighted on the start menu, press the jaws key+ the jaws cursor key to route the jaws cursor to the location of the pc cursor. Then press the designated right mouse key for jaws, this is the num pad star. The simulates a right mouse click and will launch a context menu. Using the down arrow key, move to the item titled pin to Task-bar. Press enter, and you have placed a shortcut for the application on to your Task-bar.
With a better understanding of the use of the Task-bar, you should become more efficient in your use of windows.

The Mac Dock

You will notice that the Mac Dock has quite a bit in common with the Windows Task-bar. With the Mac Dock you can easily start a program with a simple keystroke.

The Dock on your Mack is highly configurable as well. You can remove or add any Mac application or folder to the Dock for quick and easy access.

To remove an item from your Dock do the following”
First navigate to the item in which you want to remove, and then press the keyboard command for throwing it in the trash which is Command+Backspace. You will hear a sound effect of crumpling paper that signifies that the item has been removed from the Dock.

Another way to remove an item is to navigate to the item and then bring up the shortcut menu by pressing VO+Shift+M and then arrowing down until you hear VO say “Options”. Now the first option should be “Remove From Dock”. Press your VO key plus the spacebar to remove the item.

To add an application or a folder to your Dock you need to do one of the following:
Locate the item that you wish to add to your Dock and press Command+Shift+T and that item will now appear on your Dock.

Another way to accomplish this is to navigate to the item that you want to add to your Dock and then press VO+Shift+M. The shortcut menu will come up. Just press the down arrow until you hear VO say “Options” and then press VO plus the spacebar to go into the submenu and the first item will be “Add To Dock”.

As you can see both the Windows Task-bar and the Mac Dock are very easy to use, and they are both a very important tool that can make using your computer much more efficient for you.

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