Quick Guide: Apple MacOS

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Apple MacOS is an operating system for Ithaca College owned computers running on Macintosh. This quick guide provides information on how to use some of the features offered. 


This article is intended for staff, faculty and students


Apple MacOS

Configure Network Printers

  1. Locate the name of the printer/queue and the printer model for the printer you would like to add your computer. If you don’t know the name or model of the printer you want to add, you can find it on the asset tag on the printer.
  2. Open System Preferences.
  3. Click the Printers & Scanners.
  4. Click the plus (+).
  5. Click the IP icon.
  6. In the Address textbox, type the name of the print server: caslon.campus.ithaca.edu
  7. From the Protocol drop-down menu, choose Line Printer Daemon – LPD.
  8. In the Queue textbox, enter the name of the printer (e.g., TLC-LASER).
  9. In the Name textbox, enter the name of the printer (e.g., TLC-LASER).
  10. Optional: In the Location textbox, enter the location of the printer.
  11. From the Use drop-down menu, choose Select Printer Software….
  12. Choose the appropriate printer driver for this printer. You may not find the exact printer model (e.g., HP LaserJet CP4025); many options listed refer to printer series (e.g., HP LaserJet CP4020 Series).
  13. Click OK.
  14. Click Add.
  15. Select the appropriate Installable Options for this printer (e.g., Duplex Unit).
  16. Click OK.
  17. Repeat these steps for additional printers.

Connect to Mentor

  1. Click Go in the Finder menu.
  2. Choose Connect to Server… from the drop-down menu.
  3. Type smb://mentor into the Server Address textbox. You can click the plus (+) to add this server to your “Favorite Servers” list for easy access in the future.
  4. Select the volume you’d like to access (e.g., “Home”).
  5. Click OK.
The Mentor Shared volume you’ve selected will open in a new Finder window.

Configure Multiple Displays

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Displays.
  3. Under the Arrangement tab, you will find options for managing the arrangement and behavior of multiple displays
  4. To identify which display is represented by each blue box, click and hold on the blue box. This will display a red border on both the blue box and the actual display it represents.
  5. Click and drag the blue boxes, arranging the displays to match their actual position on your desk.
  6. The white bar displayed on one of the blue boxes represents your main screen (the display where the dock will be located). You can click and drag this white bar to any of the blue boxes.
  7. Check Mirror Displays if you’d like all of your displays to show the same main screen.

Create an Alias

  1. To create an alias (shortcut), right-click or control-click the item you want to alias to. An alias can be created for all types of items, such as files, folders, and applications
  2. From the pop-up menu, select Make Alias.
  3. An alias with the same file name appended with the word “alias” will be created in the same location as the original item. (e.g., “Report” becomes “Report alias”)

Customize Your Dock

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Dock.
  3. Set your preferences for the following options:
    • Size: Controls the icon size.
    • Magnification: Enables or Disables magnifying the icon size when you move your cursor over an icon on the Dock. You can also adjust the intensity of magnification.
    • Position on Screen: Choose whether your dock will be on the left, bottom, or right side of your display.
    • Additional Settings: Allow you to change behaviors, such as automatically hiding the Dock.

Customize Finder Preferences

  1. Click Finder in the menu.
  2. Select Preferences… from the drop-down menu.
  3. Set your preferences for the following options:
    • The General tab allows you to show/hide system icons on your desktop (e.g., external disks).
    • The Tags tab allows you to manage tags, which are used to easily group and access files or folders.
    • The Sidebar tab allows you to decide which items are displayed in your Finder sidebar.
    • The Advanced tab offers advanced options, such as showing all filename extensions.

Customize Mouse Preferences

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Mouse.
  3. Check Scroll direction: Natural if you want screen to move in the opposite direction of the scroll wheel. Deselect this option if you want the screen to move in the same direction as the scroll wheel
  4. Adjust the Tracking, Double-Click, and Scrolling sliders to customize the speed of each.
  5. Set the action attributed to the various buttons of your mouse. This option will vary with the type of mouse or pointing device that is connected to your computer.

Customize Sound Preferences

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Sound.
  3. If you have a device for sound output other than the built-in speakers (e.g., external speakers), you must select the device in the Output tab for sound to play through your external device.
    • Move the Balance slider bar to adjust the balance of your audio output.
  4. If you have a device for sound input other than the built-in microphone (e.g., webcam), you must select the device in the Input tab for your computer to use the external microphone of your device.
    • Move the Input Volume slider bar to adjust the sensitivity of your external microphone.
    • Check Use ambient noise reduction to help filter unwanted audio picked up by your input device.
  5. Adjust the Output Volume and Mute options within any of the tabs in this preference pane.
  6. You can Show volume in menu bar by checking the option at the bottom of the preference pane.

Using iCloud

iCloud is built into the Macintosh operating system and allows you to synchronize information across multiple devices, such as contacts, Safari bookmarks, and photos. Using iCloud requires an Apple ID. If you do not already have an Apple ID, click Create new Apple ID in the iCloud System Preferences window. For information on setting up iCloud on a variety of devices, visit  Apple.


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