I've converted to Mac after 15+ years of Windows, and as the saying goes, I'm not going back. I really love it, but there are some relatively minor things still driving me crazy for which I have not yet found workarounds. I was hoping maybe some more experience Mac users could give me some suggestions. Note that I'm on 10.7.4 due to corporate enterprise requirements, and maybe some of this has improved in Mountain Lion. So...
- The fact that you have to click to focus a window before working with it is driving me completely nuts. All day long I copy and paste snippets of text between apps. Every copy and paste takes twice as many clicks because I have to click to focus, then click to paste. I have seen a few semi-solutions with "focus on hover" with the mouse, but they seem kind of spotty. I've read this has something to do with "click through" being enabled in the apps.
- Downloads always get lost behind all other windows when you click on them. Every time you download something to install you have to go on a search to find the installer window once it opens. Am I doing something wrong here?
- There is no proper fixed left-pane tree view in Finder (similar to Windows Explorer). I tried some alternative Finder replacements, but they're all slow and clunky. Moving files is so awkward since you have to open multiple Finder windows. It's easy at the command line, though, so this isn't the end of the world.
- Is there anyway to make OpenApple+Tab to switch between actual windows instead of apps? This can be a huge productivity blow when working with multiple windows inside a single app. Four finger swipe down on the Trackpad is my workaround, but it still feels really awkward after months of this.
- I really wish my home folder names didn't start with capital letters. Or actually any folder names anywhere ever. There may be no way around that. But at least it's not as stupid as the space in "My Documents" in Windows, which breaks everything you do at the command line.
All that being said, I really am enjoying this MacBook. I never would have imagined ten years ago that I'd be using a Mac supplied by a company to do my job. It's pretty sweet.
Thanks for any advice,
NBB (Dallas, Texas)