Your new Macbook Pro

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About this article

This article provides a checklist for you to consider as you finish setting your new Mac laptop so that you are work functional. It is intended for all students and employees participating in the E-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program.

Frequently asked questions

Why do you have to configure my laptop? Where are all my software applications? Where can I get help? If you have questions, check our Frequently Asked Questions article for answers.

Set up and get to know your MacBook

After your laptop distribution session, you will need to make a few configurations to make it work functionally.

Everyone - Review Hardware

Review what's new on your MacBook Pro

Review the hardware features of your new Apple MacBook Pro

Getting the most out of your battery

Everyone - Adding software

The following items cover what software is pre-loaded on your laptop and how to find additional software you may wish to use as a part of the E-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program.

Pre-loaded software on the MacBook Pro. You can check this list before loading any new software to the laptop.

Installing software from the network. Many unique or discipline specific software applications can be installed on your laptop (e.g. Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, Inspiration, Maple, Mathmatica, SPSS).

Installing software from the Mac OS X App Store. Programs such as iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband are now optional applications that users can load based on their need and this article explains the process of installing these apps from the Apple App Store.

Everyone - File Storage

The MacBook Pro has a 256 GB hard drive. Since hard drives crash and can get viruses, it is best practice to only store data there that you can do without if your system crashes. The use of network and cloud storage is recommended because it is backed up nightly.

Network and Cloud Storage Comparison

OneDrive for Business is a cloud based storage for employees and students.

Local network storage refers to space, on networked servers located on the Winona campus and administered by WSU staff, reserved for employees to use to store their files. WSU maintains several servers intended for the local storage of employee files. These include network drives, OneDrive for Business, Web Storage and Class Storage.

Optional - Finding a printer

Locating the networked or personal printer you wish to use can be found in the following two items.

Adding a networked printer.

Adding a personal printer

Optional - Digital Security

Addressing security threats and managing risk is a vital part of our eWarrior program and extensive documentation can be found here to educate yourself on the many measures that can be taken to prevent data breaches or spread of harmful viruses and malware.

Data Security. This link takes you to our article on governing laws and policies that relate to data.

What is Private Data? This article provides a quick summary of private data and how employees should protect this information.

What is Malware? This article on malware is intended to provide answers to this question and ways for you to prevent it from infecting your laptop.

What is Phishing? Another important topic to read up on so you can prevent your data from becoming exposed by phishing.

Locking your laptop screen is one security measure everyone is guilty of forgetting to do.

Multi-factor authentication for Office 365

Optional - Trackpad settings

The Mac trackpad has many gestures set up to use with it. The video below provides an overview of these gestures. You can also go to Settings and select the Trackpad icon to change the default settings. Matt Elliott provides an excellent introduction to the MacBook Force Touch trackpad in this CNET video How the Force Touch trackpad works.

Unsupported applications

If you installed any unsupported software for school or personal use such as a password vault, a citation manager (e.g., EndNote, Reference Manager), a tax preparation tool (e.g., TurboTax), or photo gallery software, back up any related files you wish to retain. Consult your documentation to determine the location and format of these files. TLT ( will provide limited support if you have questions, but your first line of support is the vendor.

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