The new MacBook Air keyboard has dedicated keys for Spotlight, Dictation, DND and Emoji

Apple's just-refreshed MacBook Air with the new Apple M1 laptop chip that was announced yesterday features an updated media key layout in the function row, with the new shortcuts for Dictation, Spotlight and Do Not Disturb functions replacing the previous keys for adjusting brightness and invoking the Launchpad feature. Also, there's now a dedicated Emoji key.

Windows to Mac: getting used to new keys, names and locations

Control Panel vs System Preferences Windows Mac

If you or someone you know has taken the plunge and made the switch from Windows to Mac, it can be a little tough to get used to the differences in the beginning. The keys on the keyboard, the names of the settings, the locations for items, and simply what things are called on Mac overall is different than what Windows users are used to.

Having been down this road myself, a handy guide that lays out these differences can be a huge help until you’re used to it all. Here are the things you need to know and get the hang of when switching from Windows to Mac.

Tips for making the most of Launchpad on Mac

Main Launchpad Screen on Mac

The Launchpad on your Mac might remind you of the Home screen on your iPhone or iPad. There’s a nice and neat grid of your apps. When you download an app from the App Store, it pops right into the Launchpad and you can take action on your apps from there.

The thing is, you have to access the Launchpad, so it’s not right on your screen when you use your Mac like the Home screen is on your mobile device. This might keep you from using it as much as you could. But the Launchpad can be a handy tool.

We’ve put together some tips for making the most of the Launchpad on Mac in case you decide to make more use of it.