Northstar Learning Guide


The resources on this page will introduce you to the basics of using and navigating within the Mac operating system (macOS). 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.

Module 3B: macOS


Northstar Standard:Learning Resource:
1. Identify the operating system
  • Using a Mac: What is an Operating System?
  • Exploring macOS
  • 2. Identify the Dock
  • Using a Mac: Desktop
  • The Dock, Launchpad & Mission Control
  • Exploring the Dock and Launchpad
  • 3. Identify the Menu Bar
  • Using a Mac: Desktop
  • Desktop Basics
  • 4. Identify the desktop
  • Using a Mac: Desktop
  • Desktop Basics
  • Getting Started with macOS
  • 5. Use Finder to locate files, folders, and applications
  • Working with Finder
  • Getting to Know Finder
  • How to Use Finder in macOS
  • Mac Basics: Finder
  • 6. Move and delete documents or files
  • Working with Finder
  • Working with Files and Folders
  • Using a Mac: Deleting
  • 7. Identify devices on a computer
  • Mac Basics: Finder
  • Working with Files and Folders
  • 8. Open applications using the Application Folder
    9. Minimize and expand windows
  • macOS: Using a Window
  • 10. Open applications using the Dock
  • Using a Mac: Desktop
  • Desktop Basics
  • 11. Close and switch between applications
  • Desktop Basics
  • 12. Quit an application
  • Desktop Basics
  • Getting Started with macOS
  • 13. Demonstrate knowledge of System Preferences
  • Changing your Computer's Settings
  • 14. Demonstrate knowledge of Dashboard
  • Mac Basics: Dashboard
  • 15. Use the help menu
  • Onscreen Help Menu in macOS
  • 16. Use "Spotlight" to locate a document
  • Desktop Basics
  • Getting Started with macOS
  • 17. Log out and shutdown a computer
  • Using a Mac: Desktop
  • Desktop Basics
  • Getting Started with macOS