Mac OS is a series of operating systems developed and sold by Apple Computer for their Macintosh line of computers. The orignial operating system, introduced in 1984, was one of the first commercially available graphical user interfaces. The tenth version of the operating system was branded Mac OS X, which stands for Macintosh Operating System 10. In recent years, Apple has released updates to OS X annually. OS X is the basis for Apple's other operating systems: iOS, which runs on iPhones and iPads, WatchOS, which runs on the Apple Watch, and tvOS which runs on Apple TVs.
|OS X 10.13
|OS X 10.12
|OS X 10.11
|OS X 10.10
|OS X 10.9
|OS X 10.8
|Mac OS X 10.7
|Mac OS X 10.6
|Mac OS X 10.5
|Mac OS X 10.4
|Mac OS X 10.3
|Mac OS X 10.2
|Mac OS X 10.1
|Mac OS X 10.0
|Mac OS X 10 Beta
Getting Started in OS X
Apple's website and Lynda.com are both excellent sources of information about OS X. MPT recommends you start there with the following:
Mac OS High Sierra New Features: Learn about the cool new features in High Sierra, including the apps that come bundled with the operating system. Explore the changes in Photos, iCloud, Safari, Mail, Notes, and more.
Mac OS High Sierra Essential Training: Learn the ins and outs of High Sierra, the latest Mac operating system. The course starts off with the basics--learn to set your system preferences and user accounts, organize the desktop, work with the launchpad, and set up the computer so that it works best for you. Then you will learn to work with your files and the core applications that come bundled with High Sierra--save files and find them again quickly, work with email and calendars, send instant messages, use video chat, navigate iTunes and multitask between multiple applications. Finally, you will learn how to back up and restore files you you never lose important work.
Mac OS X, Switching from PC to Mac: A short guide published by Apple outlining that basics you need to know to make a painless switch from Windows to Mac.
Mac OS Support: Become an OS X expert with Apple's multi-media guide, which includes all the topics, resources, and contact options you need for macOS High Sierra, Sierra, and more.
Apple offers free hour-long workshops on a variety of topics, including OS X, iPhoto, iMovie, iWork, and more. Visit Apple's website to find a schedule of free classes at a store near you.
Macs on Campus
For a list of campus computer labs with Macs available for student use, visit our Computer Labs
page. DePaul faculty and staff can find more information about using DePaul-owned Mac computers on our Macs on Campus