Sebastopol, CA--Like travelers in a foreign land, Mac users working in
Windows or Windows users working on a Mac often find themselves in
unfamiliar territory with no guidebook. The just-released
Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook, offers users a handy way of
translating skills and knowledge from one platform to the other. Whether
it's explaining the difference between Macintosh aliases and Windows
shortcuts or explaining how a Windows user would go about setting up
Internet access on a Mac, this new book provides readers a simple means to
look up familiar interface elements and system features and learn how that
element or feature works on the other platform.
A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by two of the computer
industry's most popular authors, Adam Engst and David Pogue, is a complete
translation dictionary-like (A-Z) reference book. The book's first half
provides a "bilingual" education for Macintosh users learning Windows; the
second half of the book is designed for Windows users learning Macintosh.
Crossing Platforms provides a simple solution for everyone who has been
confused and frustrated by the arbitrary and sometimes capricious
differences between the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. This book
bridges the Mac-PC knowledge gap many users are faced with when work or
preference demands the use of both a PC and Mac.
Three Important Windows Differences
(taken from "The Ten Most Important Windows Differences" in Crossing
Three Important Macintosh Differences
- Turning the machine on and off. There's no keyboard on/off button on the
PC, as there is on every Macintosh. Instead, your PC probably has a power
button on the front panel; push it to start the computer. To shut down,
chose Shut Down form the Start menu at the lower-left corner of the Windows
- Mouse buttons and contextual menus. The Windows mouse has two buttons
instead of one. Use the left button for everyday clicking. Use the right
mouse button where you would control-click something on the Macintosh-that
is, to bring up contextual pop-up menus.
- Menu bars. In Windows, a separate menu bar appears at the top of every
single window. There's no single menu bar at the top of the screen, as on
(taken from "The Ten Most Important Macintosh Differences" in Crossing
About the Authors
- Emptying the trash. The Mac OS never removes files from the trash
automatically, as Windows does with files in the recycling bin. To remove
files from the Trash manually, chose Special-Empty Trash.
- Mouse buttons. The Macintosh mouse's single button corresponds to the left
mouse button on a Windows PC. To summon the pop-up contextual menus-the
right mouse button's traditional job-you Control-click something on the
- Keyboard shortcuts. Most keyboard shortcuts are the same on the
Macintosh as in Windows-except that you should substitute the Command key
(which has a
clover leaf and apple logos on it) for the Ctrl key, and the Option key for
the Alt key.
Adam C. Engst is the editor and publisher of TidBITS, one of the
oldest and largest Internet-based newsletters, distributed in five languages
every week to hundreds of thousands of readers. He is the author or coauthor
on numerous books and magazine articles, including Eudora 4.2 for Windows
& Macintosh, The Official AT&T WorldNet Web Discovery Guide, and the
best-selling Internet Starter Kit series of books.
David Pogue, a Yale grad and former Broadway conductor, writes the
back-page column for Macworld magazine. He's the author or coauthor of 15
computer, humor, and music books, including PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide,
Macs for Dummies, Opera for Dummies, Classical Music for Dummies, Magic for
Dummies, Macworld Mac Secrets, Hard Drive (a novel), The Microsloth Joke
Book, and Tales from the Tech Line.
A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook
By Adam Engst & David Pogue
1st Edition December 1999 (US)
1-56592-539-4, 336 pages, $29.95 (US$)