Getting Used to macOS Big Sur: A Comprehensive Guide

Apple released the latest version of their operating system, macOS Big Sur, in November 2020. As with any major update, there can be a period of adjustment for users as they get used to the changes. This guide will walk you through some of the key differences and how to navigate them.

Redesigned Interface

One of the most obvious changes in macOS Big Sur is the redesigned interface. Icons and buttons have been given a fresh, modern look, and the Dock has been updated to feature more consistent spacing between icons. The new Control Center replaces the traditional System Preferences, making it easier to access frequently used settings.

To get used to the new interface, take some time to explore and familiarize yourself with the changes. Apple has also made it easier to customize the look and feel of your desktop, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different themes and wallpaper options.

How to customize your desktop in macOS Big Sur:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the screen
  2. Select “System Preferences”
  3. Click on “Desktop & Screen Saver”
  4. Choose from the default options or click the “+” button to add your own images

Improvements to Messages and Safari

macOS Big Sur brings significant improvements to the Messages app, including new features like inline replies and message effects. Safari has also been updated with a customizable start page and improved performance.

These changes can take some getting used to, but they ultimately make messaging and web browsing more efficient and enjoyable. Take some time to explore all the new features and experiment with different settings.

How to customize your start page in Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click on the “Preferences” option in the “Safari” menu (or press Command + ,)
  3. Select “General”
  4. Click on the drop-down menu next to “New windows open with” and select “Start Page”

Introducing Control Center

As mentioned earlier, macOS Big Sur replaces traditional System Preferences with a new Control Center. Control Center gives you quick access to frequently used settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop. It can be accessed from the right side of the menu bar or by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen on a trackpad.

Getting used to the new Control Center may take some time, but it ultimately makes it easier to access the settings you need. Experiment with different options and try customizing it to your preference.

How to customize Control Center in macOS Big Sur:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the screen
  2. Select “System Preferences”
  3. Click on “Dock & Menu Bar”
  4. Find “Control Center” in the list of options
  5. Click on the drop-down menu to choose where to display Control Center

Concluding Thoughts

While macOS Big Sur brings significant changes, taking the time to explore and experiment with the new features is the best way to get used to the update. Don’t be afraid to try out new settings and customization options to make your experience more tailored to your preferences.

FAQs about getting used to macOS Big Sur

Q: Is Big Sur compatible with my Mac?

A: macOS Big Sur requires a compatible Mac model with at least 4 GB of RAM, 35.5 GB of available storage, and running macOS X 10.9 or later. You can check compatibility by visiting the Apple website.

Q: How do I upgrade to macOS Big Sur?

A: You can upgrade to macOS Big Sur by going to the Apple menu > About This Mac > Software Update. From there, you can follow the instructions to download and install the update.

Q: Will all my apps work with Big Sur?

A: While most apps should work without issue, there is a chance that some may not be compatible or require updates. Before upgrading, be sure to check with app developers and update all software to the latest version to avoid any issues.

In conclusion, getting used to macOS Big Sur can take some time, but the new features and improvements ultimately make for a better user experience. Take the time to explore and experiment with the new settings and customization options, and don’t be afraid to reach out to Apple support if you have any questions or issues.



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Peter Graham
Peter Graham
Hi there! I'm Peter, a software engineer and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. I have a passion for sharing my knowledge and helping others understand the latest developments in the tech world. When I'm not coding, you can find me hiking or trying out the latest gadgets.


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