Though Apple products are often lauded for their usability, that doesn’t actually mean they’re always easy to use. OK, so Apple’s OSX might be a bit more intuitive than Microsoft Windows, but I’m still always surprised at how hard it is for new Mac users to get the most out of their machines. It’s not just that there are so many useful shortcuts and features hidden away, it’s also that operating systems take a lot of getting used to – and this goes far beyond the Microsoft Window users’ gripe that the red “close box” button is on the upper left of Mac application bars rather than on the right, as with Windows! However, all is not lost. With a bit of help, it’s possible to become a Mac martial artist. Here are a few ways to hone your skills. Apple support Apple one-to-one Apple not only put on regular workshops at their retail stores, they also have a “one-to-one” training service. According to the Apple website, “First, we’ll set up your email, transfer your photos, music and other files, and show you how to keep everything in sync with iCloud. Then, we’ll work with you to create a curriculum tailored to your goals, learning style and experience level.” It costs £79 for a full year of training – but please note that it can only be purchased at the same time that you buy your Mac. London courses City Lit – Apple Mac courses City Lit courses are well known for their quality and high standards. This could be a really good option if you like your teaching face-to-face. Mac Supported London This company offers private tutorials, and could be worth investigating. Morley College – I love Macs, a beginners guide to Apple computers This course at the well-known Morley College shows you the basics of the OSX operating system while teaching you some fundamental computing skills. Online support Lynda.com This is my favourite option. Lynda.com do amazing tutorial videos on a wide range of software, and I find that it offers a very speedy learning experience. To test it out, you can sign up for a week’s free trial. Lovefone blog While trying to retain a touch of impartiality, I do think that our blog contains a wealth of information on getting the most out of your Apple products. Why not sign up for regular updates?