“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed will revolutionize the way we learn.” Steve Jobs
IT for beginners is exciting because technology is revolutionary and so easy to learn. This is a great time to start to learn about computers and whether the novice reads about computer programs in blogs like this or takes a journey to follow a step by step guide. Computers have the best entry level on the planet, which is that no experience is required to start. All you need is a device or PC and the willingness to try and learn.
A fundamental mistake that a newbie tends to make is thinking that they can do something wrong when navigating their new device. Notice that I didn’t say that the mistake was pressing the wrong key on the keyboard. Yes, there is a way to do things, but the truth is that the basic computer techniques needed to get what you need to be done require only that you have a willingness to open your mind to some basic principles. After that its all play time, in which you have to be patient, relaxed and just enjoy your learning experience.
Before you know it you will be learning how to code. In this article, we will highlight some of those basic principles with the key things that you need to know to start word processing on your Mac computer.
Some Word Processing Software Comes Free With Mac Computers. Photo Source: Unsplash
Word processing is one of the many things that you can use your computer for. Whether for business or personal use, Word processing software is used for multi-purpose outputs such as creating documents, writing notes, typing up reports, and writing letters. It is essential software for any basic PC set up, even if you don’t plan to use it, one day you may need to type a document so it will always come in handy.
Benefits Of Using A Word Processor
Have you ever poured coffee all over your beautiful handwritten notes? Well on a PC your document will be stored on your hard drive (the computer memory), and you will be able to open it again and again. If you happen to spill coffee over your PC however, it will be 50/50 as to if your files can be recovered so be careful with drinks around your electronics.
This is Macs basic word processing offering, at first glance, it may seem a bit limited especially if you are used to Microsoft word or other mainstream software. But before you run out and spend all of your money on an upgrade. Let take a look at what TextEdit can and cannot do.
TextEdit has a few great features, It is possible to create simple documents and to format them, you can open and format documents that were created within other pieces of software, you can create and edit HTML (a computer language), you can draw and write over images.
When you open the software, you come to a blank screen which gives a simple menu. Within the menu you will be able to choose from:
The simplicity of the software is great for IT beginners as it will allow you to focus on actually creating your document and not worrying about where to find things in the menu. TextEdit is suitable for people who are just getting to grips with word processing and digital file creation technology.
Bear in mind that once you get confident enough on this software, you might outgrow it. But if your requirements remain basic, then you may be happy to stay with the software. However do not expect updates or special add-ons, the software is designed to be this way. Certainly practical if you want to make a simple list, write a quick letter or note down your thoughts.
The simplicity of the software is great for IT beginners as it will allow you to focus. Photo Source: Unsplash
This is a popular word processing software that comes as part of the iWork suite of software. It is the Mac version of Mircosoft Word, however, unlike Word, it is free and comes as part of the registered freeware, or it can be downloaded from the iStore. It has a menu for you to create and format and a blank page for you to start writing on. Let’s take a look at what Pages can do.
This powerful software is ideal for note-taking, but also sharing and collaborative work. Pages have several features, such as:
Also, it is possible to read a Pages file on all Mac devices including iPad and iPhone, and on some, you may even be able to continue editing.
Another bonus is that keyboard shortcuts work on both Pages and Word, so no need to change your habits if you are used to windows software.
Pages are suitable for everyone novice to advanced user, and you can use as few or as many of the features as you choose to. The main advantage of Pages is that it is designed to help you to increase your productivity through sharing and collaborative work. It is intuitive and packed with tons of features, the Pages software remains essential for anyone who uses a mac and needs to create high-quality documents.
Like all computers, Macs have a whole suite of choices available for people who want the perfect software for their pcs. While there are some limitations when compared to the windows offering. Many companies do now offer software that works with Mac computers.
Some of the best and more popular alternative text applications for Mac are below:
Another bonus is that keyboard shortcuts work on both Mac and Microsoft. Photo Source: Unsplash
Once you have chosen the software that you want to use with your Mac PC. You can follow these basic steps to open a new file, type something and save it.
Easier than you thought right? I know computers tend to seem much more complicated than they actually are. One great thing, however, is that no matter which software you choose, they all have similar functionality. A menu and a page to write, the selections may be in a different place between one software and another. But once you have learnt to use one piece of software, you will eventually be able to use them all. What are you waiting for? Open whatever software you have on your mac right now and start practising. Happy writing!