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Northstar Learning Guide: Module 3B: Mac OS

This guide contains instructional materials designed to help learners build the basic computer skills defined by the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments.

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Module 3B: Mac OS

The resources on this page will introduce you to the basics of using and navigating within the Mac operating system (OS X Lion). Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.
Northstar Standard
Learning Resource
1. Identify the operating system.
2. Identify the Dock.
3. Identify the Menu Bar.
4. Identify the desktop.
5. Use Finder to locate files, folders, and applications.
6. Move and delete documents or files.
7. Identify devices on a computer.
8. Open applications using the Application Folder.  
9. Minimize and expand windows.
10. Open applications using the Dock.
11. Close and switch between applications.
12. Quit an application.
13. Demonstrate knowledge of System Preferences.
14. Demonstrate knowledge of Dashboard.
15. Use the help menu.
16. Use "Spotlight" to locate a document.
17. Log out and shutdown a computer.