Mac Mini User Guide

First steps

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Your box contains

a Mac mini
a power adaptor
a power cord
an Apple Remote
a DVI to VGA adaptor

Basic features
On the front of your Mac mini is a slot-loading optical drive. The built-in infrared (IR) receiver lies to the right of the slot, and the power indicator light is at the bottom right-hand corner.

At the back of the Mac mini, you might have two rows of features. Along the highest row, from left to right, are

the ability button
a security slot for a cable and lock
an audio in/optical digital audio in port
a headphone out/optical digital audio out port

Along the bottom row, from left to right, are

a power port
an Ethernet port (10/100/1000Base-T)
a FireWire 400 port
a DVI video out port
four USB 2.0 ports

AirPort Extreme wireless technology and Bluetooth® wireless technology are inside your Mac mini.

Power adaptor
Strip away the plastic film out of your Mac mini and the power adaptor. Place the Mac mini on a firm surface right side up or on its side, and near an electric socket. Your monitor, keyboard and mouse should even be near at hand.

Connect the ability cord to the power adaptor
Put the plug on the tip of the facility adaptors lead into the Mac minis power port
Plug the facility cord into the electric socket

Please note: never place anything in your Mac mini. Objects in your Mac mini may disrupt the optical drive, the AirPort Extreme wireless signal, and the Bluetooth® wireless signal.

Peripheral set-up
Your Mac mini is BYODKM bring your individual display, keyboard and mouse. Use those you already have (almost any are suitable).

Keyboard and mouse
Connect your keyboard to a USB port on the back of the Mac mini. Connect your mouse to a USB port on the keyboard or on the Mac mini.

Windows-based keyboards may not have specific Mac OS X Command and Option keys. The Windows logo key, however, is equivalent to the Mac OS X Command key, and the Alt key is equivalent to the Mac OS X Option key.

To modify the keyboard

click Apple>System Preferences
click Keyboard your Mac mini supports digital resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. This means you may attach a 20 inch Apple Cinema Display or a 23 inch Apple Cinema HD Display.

Internet or network
Connect your Mac mini to the Internet or a network wirelessly or by using a cable.

Wireless. Your Mac mini has built-in AirPort Extreme wireless technology. For more details, go to Menu Bar; select Help>Mac Help; and click Library>AirPort Help.
Cable. Simply plug one end of an Ethernet cable into your Mac mini, and the other into a cable modem, DSL modem, or network.

Switching on

Power button
To start out your Mac mini, press the power button located on the back.

Setup Assistant
Once you first use your Mac mini, Setup Assistant appears. This permits you to determine your

user account
Internet access
email details

In case you already own a Mac, you should use Setup Assistant to transfer software and files to your Mac mini.

When you prefer to attend before you transfer information, use Migration Assistant at a later date.

Select the Applications folder
Open Utilities
Double-click Migration Assistant


To alter the layout of Desktop the primary screen that appears when youve finished with Setup Assistant – go to the Menu Bar and choose Apple>System Preferences. For more details on what you are able to do to customise your Mac mini, select Mac Help and seek for System preferences.

Sleep mode and shutting down

Sleep mode
In case you intend to be away out of your Mac mini for just a short while, you may put it in sleep mode rather than shut it down. Simply choose certainly one of the next actions:

press and hold your Apple Remotes Play/Pause button for 3 seconds
select Apple>System Preferences; choose Energy Saver; set the timer
press the facility button
select Apple>Sleep on the Menu Bar

When youre able to wake your Mac mini, press any of your Apple Remotes buttons or any key on your keyboard.

Shut down
Shut down your Mac mini by selecting Apple>Shut Down. To show it on once more, press the ability button.

Please note: don’t move your Mac mini before youve shut it down. You’ll be able to damage the hard disc if you progress the computer while the disc is spinning.

Basic OS X guide

Operating system
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard is your Mac minis operating system. It runs your files, software and peripheral devices, and is similar in principle to Windows.

Your controls are your mouse, keyboard and Apple Remote. If youre more used to Windows, youll soon discover that Mac OS X is simpler to navigate and faster.

Main features
Navigating your Mac minis screens is easy. There are self-explanatory windows, menus, and shortcuts, plus the next main features:

Menu bar

Desktop is the screen where you normally start each time you switch in your Mac mini. The screen displays your HD (hard drive) icons. Select an HD icon to view the files and applications it contains. Once you plug a peripheral device into your Mac mini, the suitable icon appears on Desktop.

Points to note:

Use Desktop to store your folders, images, files and other documents
Mac OS X gives each user of your Mac mini a separate Desktop
Desktop lies behind any of the applications you run

The icons at the bottom of the screen are the Dock. Use the icons to access your most frequently used applications, folders, files and windows.

When a window appears, note that it has three coloured buttons in the upper left-hand corner.

Red closes the window
Yellow minimises the window to the Dock
Green maximises and minimises the windows size

The Dock icon on the far left is the Finder. You need to use Finder to manage your folders, drives and applications.

Menu Bar
Mac OS X has only one Menu Bar. It appears in your screen as a line at the highest.

Use the Menu Bar to

work with a programme
view and change settings and software
close software
check your recent work
log in
log out
put your Mac mini into sleep mode
restart your Mac mini
switch off

The Menu Bar changes to give you the most fitted options for the software youre running.

For a list of connection ports, see First steps Basic features.

The FireWire 400 port is good for connecting high-speed devices. These include digital video cameras and hard drives.

The four USB 2.0 ports are for devices such as your keyboard, mouse, iPod, printer, camera, and games controller. Your Mac mini will recognise many of those without the necessity to run software because Apple pre-installs hundreds of peripheral drivers at its factory to make connections as quick and straightforward as possible.

Use your audio in/optical digital audio in port for a microphone. Use the headphone out/optical digital audio out port for a pair of headphones or speakers. You may as well use either port to your digital audio equipment as appropriate.

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