Jul 27 2011

8 Simple Steps To Follow After Installing Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Last week, Apple rolled out its most hyped and much awaited Mac OS. Just around the time it was being launched, we came up with ‘A Detailed Guide To Prepare Your Mac For Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Upgrade’. With an anticipation to help you all deal with the change, the article comprised of five easy steps before finally upgrading your systems. Certainly, all those who have installed the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion found it useful.

We tend to take time to adapt to the new situations and changes. But then there are lot many things that leave us confused till the time we get accustomed to it.

If you are the one who has upgraded the system to enjoy the change and technologically advanced features, there is a possibility that you are baffled as to how to familiarize yourself with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and customize the settings to work without any fuss.

Lion unquestionably, has a number of wonderful features that would make you feel good about having installed and upgrading your Mac. Making few changes in the settings will make your experience of using Mac OS X 10.7 Lion worth it. Scroll down to read on as to what all changes in the settings will help you easily adapt the new Mac OS X before it drives you crazy.

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1. Patience is the key :

If you are the one who has made the jump from Snow Leopard to Lion, you surely got bugged up seeing the sluggish performance. While you switch from the previous OS to the latest one, reindexing of your hard drive’s contents after Lion boots up for the first time, it will take time until then you will be finding problem in making your system work at expected speed.

Tip : Give Spotlight a few hours after you are done with the installation. Don’t rush to conclusion instead wait for some time and you will notice the change.

2. Scrolling :

There is a big change as Mac OS X Lion inverts your normal scrolling. The change is that when you place two fingers on the trackpad and push upward, documents and webpages instead of scrolling to the top l scroll to the bottom.

Tip : You can change back to ‘natural scrolling’ by simply heading to System Preferences > Trackpad or Mouse > Scroll & Zoom, and uncheck the box labeled ‘Scroll direction: natural.’

3. Animate Opening Applications :

If you’re on a new Lion system, Lion by default doesn’t animate the apps. You won’t be able to see the bouncing icons while you wait for the apps to open up. This can be confusing but then this also has a solution.

Tip: You can re-enable the dots by heading to System Preferences > Dock > Show indicator lights for open applications and check the box labeled ‘Animate opening applications.’

4. Showing Scroll bar :

In Lion OS, when you are not scrolling, the scroll bar disappears automatically; this at times can be quite bugging. Scroll bars are important for working without getting confused as to while reading the document how much is left and much more.

Tip : Navigate to System Preferences > General, and select the ‘Always’ radio button for the section labeled ‘Show scroll bars.’

5. Get rid of the Dashboard Space :

Mission Control helps users get all-encompassing view of everything that is running on their system. Lion automatically creates a space for Dashboard in Mission Control instead of having Dashboard as an overlay which can annoy you a great deal.

Tip : You can keep dashboard from appearing in Mission Control by toggling the option found under System Preferences > Mission Control > Show Dashboard As Space.

6. Software update :

Once you have installed Lion OS X, you would undeniably want to enjoy the cool features for which you will have to update iTunes, iLife, and iWork, and much more.

Tip : Simply run the ‘Software Update’ app found under the Apple logo in the upper left of the screen.

7. Multi-touch gestures :

All those of you using Mac Lion are sure to find it bit difficult to use various gestures in the beginning. The two-finger scroll when you first time boot up Lion along with multi-touch gestures help a great deal.

Tip : Learn the gestures to perform various functions.

1. Scroll left or right with two fingers to swipe between pages

2. Swipe left or right with three fingers to swipe between full-screen apps/desktops

3. Swipe up with three fingers to access Mission Control

4. Pinch with thumb and three fingers to show Launchpad

5. Spread with thumb and three fingers to show desktop

8. Disable Autocorrect :

The optional autocorrect in OS X is sure to irritate you at times. If you don’t tend to make silly mistakes like typing ‘teh’ for ‘the’, it is suggested to disable autocorrect.

Tip : You can turn off autocorrect under System Preferences > Language & Text > Text > Correct spelling automatically.

We have listed eight steps you can follow to enjoy the utility of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. If you feel like sharing your experience or any tip that you think could help other Mac users, drop in the comments below.

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