How to Set up your new Mac

If you've got a new Mac, here’s how to get started with Yosemite

When you first switch on a brand new Mac, there are a few steps to go through before you can get going with OS X Yosemite. For a start, you’ll need to personalize your Mac, and optionally connect it to the Internet and Apple’s iCloud service. The Setup Assistant guides you through these important steps in just a few minutes. You’ll need to confirm the language you want to use and verify your keyboard layout. The latter of these steps is especially important if you aren't using an Apple keyboard, which is most likely if you've moved to the Mac from a Windows PC and kept your existing mouse and keyboard.

User accounts

You’ll also create an administrator account and create a password. It’s important to create a password to
protect access to your Mac’s contents and the ability to make major changes to it. There’s nothing to stop you using this account as your own, but it’s better for security if you create a second account for personal use and set its account type to Standard. This account, and others for your whole family, can be created after you've finished the Setup Assistant’s steps and reached the desktop. These options can be altered later, should you go astray or change your mind.You also get an option to register your Mac with Apple, but this isn't compulsory.


If you've been using a Windows PC or another Mac, the Setup Assistant gives you an opportunity to transfer data from the old machine. This includes your files, Mac apps, stored email messages and
personal settings.
If you use an Apple track pad or Magic Mouse, the direction in which you move a finger to scroll differs from a Windows PC. However, this can be reversed after the Setup Assistant completes its job.If you need help with this and other gestures that help you to get around in OS X

1 Confirm your keyboard layout

First, choose the language you want OS X to use, then click Continue. Next, pick your country, which determines the keyboard layouts offered after you click Continue again. Choosing the correct layout is
important if you've connected a keyboard that isn't from Apple or has a non-standard layout. If your keyboard layout isn't shown – perhaps you’re using a Welsh keyboard – tick Show All under the list of layouts.

2.Connect to a network

You’ll next see a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks. Click yours, provide its password and click Continue. If your network isn’t listed, perhaps because it’s set to not broadcast its name, choose Other to provide its
name manually. You might need to scroll down the list to see this option. If you’re using an Ethernet cable or don’t want to go online, click Other Network Options, choose the appropriate option, then click Continue.

3.Migrate from an old computer

The next pane asks if you want to transfer information from your old Mac – either directly or from a Time Machine backup of it – or from a Windows PC. Even if you have an old computer, you don’t need to do this now. It can be done later by running the Migration Assistant utility.

4.Sign in with your Apple ID

Signing in with an Apple ID is recommended: you’ll need to do this to use iCloud backup and sync, and services such as Find My Mac, which can locate a missing Mac. You might already have an Apple ID for buying from the iTunes Store or the App Store, or you can create an Apple ID here if you don’t have one – or if you want to a separate one just for iCloud, perhaps to share your store account with family members.

5.Create an administrator account

After reviewing and accepting terms and conditions for OS X and iCloud, the next task is to create an administrator account. This is compulsory. You’ll need this account’s credentials to make significant changes such as security settings. Click Continue and you’ll be asked whether to share diagnostics information with Apple and app developers.This is optional, and can be revised in Security & Privacy preferences.

6.Register your Mac

The final step is to register your Mac with Apple by providing your address and other contact details. Again, this is entirely optional. When you advance past this, the Setup Assistant might take a few minutes to do some last-minute work behind the scenes.When it’s finished, the desktop will fade into view.


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