Mac Mini User Guide

Basic features

On the front of your Mac mini is a slot-loading optical drive. The built-in infrared (IR) receiver lies to the slot’s right, and the power indicator light is at the bottom right-hand corner.

At the back of the Mac mini, you have two rows of features. Along the top row, from left to right, are the power button


a security slot for a cable and lock

audio in/optical digital audio in port

a headphone out/optical digital audio out port

Along the bottom row, from left to right, are

a power port

an Ethernet port (10/100/1000Base-T)

a FireWire 400 Port

a DVI video outport

four USB 2.0 ports

AirPort Extreme wireless technology and Bluetooth® wireless technology are inside your Mac mini.

Power adaptor

Strip away the plastic film from your Mac mini and the power adaptor. Place the Mac mini on a firm surface right side up or its side, and close to an electric socket. Your monitor, keyboard, and mouse should also be near at hand.

Connect the power cord to the power adaptor.

Put the plug on the end of the power adaptor’s lead into the Mac mini’s power port.

Plug the power cord into the electric socket.

Please note: never place anything on your Mac mini. Objects on your Mac mini may disrupt the optical drive, the AirPort Extreme wireless signal, and the Bluetooth® wireless signal.

Peripheral set-up

Your Mac mini is BYODKM – bring your display, keyboard, and mouse. Use the ones you already have (almost any are suitable).

Keyboard and mouse

Connect your keyboard to a USB port on the back of the Mac mini. Connect your mouse to a USB port on the keyboard or the Mac mini.

Windows-based keyboards may not have specific Mac OS X Command and Option keys. However, the Windows logo key is equivalent to the Mac OS X Command key, and the Alt key is equal to the Mac OS X Option key.

To modify the keyboard

click Apple>System Preferences

Click Keyboard & Mouse

choose Modifier keys

follow the screen instructions

Please note: when you use a USB keyboard and mouse made by a company other than Apple, you may need software drivers. If you don’t already have these, visit the manufacturer’s website and download them.

Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mighty Mouse
If you have an Apple Wireless Keyboard and wireless Mighty Mouse, follow the appropriate manuals’ set-up procedures.


Use your Mac mini’s DVI video out port to connect a monitor. If you have a VGA monitor, connect it to the Mac mini with the supplied DVI to VGA adaptor.

Please note that your Mac mini supports digital resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. This means you can attach a 20-inch Apple Cinema Display or a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.

Internet or network

Connect your Mac mini to the Internet or a network wirelessly or via cable.

Wireless. Your Mac mini has built-in AirPort Extreme wireless technology. For more details, go to Menu Bar, select Help>Mac Help, and click Library>AirPort Help.

Cable. Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into your Mac mini and the other into a cable, DSL modem, or network.

Switching on

Power button
To start your Mac mini, press the power button on the back.

Setup Assistant
When you first use your Mac mini, Setup Assistant appears. This enables you to establish your

user account

Internet access

email details

If you own a Mac, you can use Setup Assistant to transfer software and files to your Mac mini. If you prefer to wait before you share information, use Migration Assistant at a later date.

Select the Applications folder.

Open Utilities

Double-click Migration Assistant


To change the Desktop’s layout – the first screen that appears when you’ve finished with Setup Assistant – go to the Menu Bar and select Apple>System Preferences. For more details on customizing your Mac mini, choose Mac Help and search for “System Preferences.”

Sleep mode and shutting down

Sleep mode
If you intend to be away from your Mac mini for a short while, you can put it in sleep mode rather than shut it down. Choose one of the following actions:

Press and hold your Apple Remote’s Play/Pause button for three seconds

select Apple>System Preferences; choose Energy Saver; set the timer

Press the power button

select Apple>Sleep on the Menu Bar

When you’re ready to wake your Mac mini, press any Apple Remote buttons or keys on your keyboard.

Shut down
Shut down your Mac mini by selecting Apple>Shut Down. To turn it on once more, press the power button.

Please note: do not move your Mac mini before you’ve shut it down. You can damage the hard disc if you move the computer while the disc is spinning.

Basic OS X guide

Operating system
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard is your Mac mini’s operating system. It runs your files, software, and peripheral devices and is similar in principle to Windows.

Your controls are your mouse, keyboard, and Apple Remote. If you’re more used to Windows, you’ll soon discover that Mac OS X is easier to navigate and faster.

Main features
Navigating your Mac mini’s screens is easy. There are self-explanatory windows, menus, and shortcuts, plus the following main features:




Menu bar

The Desktop is the screen where you normally start each time you switch on your Mac mini. The screen displays your HD (hard drive) icons. Select an HD icon to view the files and applications it contains. When you plug a peripheral device into your Mac mini, the appropriate icon appears on the Desktop.

Points to note:

Use Desktop to store your folders, images, files, and other documents

Mac OS X gives each user of your Mac mini a separate Desktop

The desktop lies behind any of the applications you run

The icons at the bottom of the screen are the Dock. Use the icons to access your most frequently used applications, folders, files, and windows.

When a window appears, note that it has three colored buttons in the upper left-hand corner.

Red closes the window

Yellow minimizes the window to the Dock

Green maximizes and minimizes the window’s size

The Dock icon on the far left is the Finder. You can use Finder to manage your folders, drives, and applications.

Menu Bar
Mac OS X has just one Menu Bar. It appears on your screen as a line at the top.

Use the Menu Bar to

work with a program

view and change settings and software

close software

check your recent work

log in

log output your Mac mini into sleep mode

restart your Mac mini

switch off

The Menu Bar changes to give you the most suitable options for the software you’re running.

For a list of connection ports, see First Steps – Basic features.

The FireWire 400 Port is ideal for connecting high-speed devices. These include digital video cameras and hard drives. The four USB 2.0 ports are for devices like your keyboard, mouse, iPod, printer, camera, and games controller. Your Mac mini will recognize many of these without the need to run software because Apple pre-installs hundreds of peripheral drivers at its factory to make connections as quick and easy as possible.

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