#TechTipThursday- Mac vs. PC Use at Longwood University

Authored by Faith Harris, ITC

Mac vs. PC Use at Longwood University

When coming to the DEC, the Longwood community has the option to either check out a PC or Mac laptop. In last year’s DEC Data Report, checkouts of Macs and PCs were comparable with PCs checked out 2.4% more often.  Given that near equal numbers of people checking out machines from the DEC use either Mac or PC, this Tech Tip Thursday is going to analyze the different uses for both types of laptops so that users can utilize either option to their full extent.

Some of the advantages and disadvantages of the two computer systems come from the operating systems. Depending on what you want to do, one might be better than the other, but it comes down to what you are comfortable with.

  • Macs have been known to have a high-powered graphic design for some time. Apple products are visually appealing and are can be purchased for how they look.  There are tools and apps for graphic design that are only on Mac. The perception is that Macs are what you need for graphic design.

 

  • A PC user can select from many motherboards, processors, storage drives, video cards, graphics cards, audio cards, and memory. This allows PC users to build or design a custom machine or upgrade an existing machine quickly and easily. PCs also have the advantage of offering more connection ports and types of ports on any one system.

 

Regardless of which system you choose, there are some shortcuts you can use to maximize your workflow:

Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac:

  • To close a window: Command + Q
  • To print: Command + P
  • To take a screenshot: Shift + Command + 4
  • To minimize your windows: Command + Option + M
  • To Find your applications: Command + Shift + A
  • To show or hide the Dock: Command + Option + D
  • To copy: Command + C
  • To paste: Command + V

 

PC:

  • To copy: Control + C
  • To paste: Control + V
  • To Highlight: Shift + End
  • Selects all text: Control + A
  • Save file: Control + S
  • Undo the last action: Control + Z
  • To take a screenshot: Control + Print Screen
  • To Print: Control + P

 

Not sure which system is right for you, or wish to gain experience on another type of machine?

Come to the DEC to check out a PC or Mac for yourself!

Call the DEC at 434-395-4332 to learn more.  Ruffner 136

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