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Basic Setup for Your Apple Mac Pro

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1 Introduction: Apple Mac Pro: Basic Setup

Congratulations on your MacBook Pro purchase. This guide will show you how to setup your new laptop.

Information needed for setup:

  • Wireless Network Name (SSID)
  • Wireless Password (Security Key)

2 Mac Pro: Connect Hardware

  1. Connect the video to your display. You can either plug in via the HDMI port or the Thunderbolt port.
    Apple Mac Pro with H D M I port and Thunderbolt ports highlighted

  2. Connect the mouse and keyboard to the USB ports.
    Apple Mac Pro with U S B ports highlighted

  3. Plug in the Ethernet cable from the Mac Pro to your gateway/router if you wish to use a wired connection.
    Apple Mac Pro with Ethernet ports highlighted

3 Mac Pro: Connect Power

  1. Connect the power cord into the back of the mac pro.
    Apple Mac Pro with the power port highlighted

  2. Plug in the power cord to the electrical outlet.

4 Mac Pro: Power On

  1. Press the power button located on the back of the Mac Pro.
    Apple Mac Pro with power button highlighted

5 macOS: OSX Setup Assistant

  1. Choose your country from the list and click Continue.
    Welcome screen with list of regions and highlighted Continue button

  2. Choose your Keyboard Layout and click on Continue.
    Select your keyboard screen with list of keyboard types and highlighted Continue button

  3. Select your Network Name (SSID) and select Continue.
    Select your Wi-Fi Network screen with list of available networks and highlighted Continue button

    Most networks are secured. If you are connecting to a secured network you will be prompted to enter your WiFi Password (Security Key).

  4. This step will let us transfer information from another computer or from a Backup. For now we will skip this step. It can be done after setup of your Mac. Please select Don't transfer any information now and click Continue.
    Transfer information to this mac screen with the continue button highlighted

  5. Choose whether or not to enable Location Services and click Continue.
    Enable location services screen with highlighted box to Enable location services on this mac and a highlighted continue button

  6. If you have an Apple ID, you can sign in here and click Continue.
    Sign in with your Apple I D screen with the Apple I D user name and password is highlighted and the coninue button highlighted

    If you do not wish to sign in with an Apple ID, please skip to step 8. You may do this later after setup is completed.

  7. Choose whether you wish to backup your files to iCloud and click Continue.
    All your files in i Cloud screen with box highlighted to store files from documents and desktop in iCloud drive and the continue button highlighted

  8. Read through and Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
    Terms and conditions with the agree button highlighted

  9. Confirm that you Agree with the Terms of Service
    Conformation prompt with agree highlighted

  10. Lets create your account by entering the following:
    • Your Name
    • Your Account Name
    • Your Account Password
    • A Password Hint
    Click Continue once done.
    Create a computer account with Full name, account name, password, and hint highlighted and a highlighted continue button

    Be sure to take note of your Account Name and Password. If you forget this information you may end up getting locked out of your computer.

  11. Choose what information you would like to share with Apple and app developers and then select Continue.Analytics screen with Share mac analytics with apple and share app crash data with developers highlighted and a continue button highlighted

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Congratulations on your MacBook Pro purchase. This guide will show you how to setup your new laptop.

Information needed for setup:

  • Wireless Network Name (SSID)
  • Wireless Password (Security Key)
  1. Connect the video to your display. You can either plug in via the HDMI port or the Thunderbolt port.
    Apple Mac Pro with H D M I port and Thunderbolt ports highlighted

  2. Connect the mouse and keyboard to the USB ports.
    Apple Mac Pro with U S B ports highlighted

  3. Plug in the Ethernet cable from the Mac Pro to your gateway/router if you wish to use a wired connection.
    Apple Mac Pro with Ethernet ports highlighted
  1. Connect the power cord into the back of the mac pro.
    Apple Mac Pro with the power port highlighted

  2. Plug in the power cord to the electrical outlet.
  1. Press the power button located on the back of the Mac Pro.
    Apple Mac Pro with power button highlighted
  1. Choose your country from the list and click Continue.
    Welcome screen with list of regions and highlighted Continue button

  2. Choose your Keyboard Layout and click on Continue.
    Select your keyboard screen with list of keyboard types and highlighted Continue button

  3. Select your Network Name (SSID) and select Continue.
    Select your Wi-Fi Network screen with list of available networks and highlighted Continue button

    Most networks are secured. If you are connecting to a secured network you will be prompted to enter your WiFi Password (Security Key).

  4. This step will let us transfer information from another computer or from a Backup. For now we will skip this step. It can be done after setup of your Mac. Please select Don't transfer any information now and click Continue.
    Transfer information to this mac screen with the continue button highlighted

  5. Choose whether or not to enable Location Services and click Continue.
    Enable location services screen with highlighted box to Enable location services on this mac and a highlighted continue button

  6. If you have an Apple ID, you can sign in here and click Continue.
    Sign in with your Apple I D screen with the Apple I D user name and password is highlighted and the coninue button highlighted

    If you do not wish to sign in with an Apple ID, please skip to step 8. You may do this later after setup is completed.

  7. Choose whether you wish to backup your files to iCloud and click Continue.
    All your files in i Cloud screen with box highlighted to store files from documents and desktop in iCloud drive and the continue button highlighted

  8. Read through and Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
    Terms and conditions with the agree button highlighted

  9. Confirm that you Agree with the Terms of Service
    Conformation prompt with agree highlighted

  10. Lets create your account by entering the following:
    • Your Name
    • Your Account Name
    • Your Account Password
    • A Password Hint
    Click Continue once done.
    Create a computer account with Full name, account name, password, and hint highlighted and a highlighted continue button

    Be sure to take note of your Account Name and Password. If you forget this information you may end up getting locked out of your computer.

  11. Choose what information you would like to share with Apple and app developers and then select Continue.Analytics screen with Share mac analytics with apple and share app crash data with developers highlighted and a continue button highlighted
  1. Click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar. By default it will be in the upper right corner near the time and date.
    Wi-Fi symbols.
  2. If Wi-Fi is off, choose Turn Wi-Fi on.
    macOS Wi-Fi menu with Wi-Fi On highlighted.
  3. The strength of each nearby network is shown next to its name. More darkened bars indicate a stronger network connection.
    Wi-Fi menu with signal strength indicator highlighted.
  4. Select the Wireless Network Name (SSID) of the network you want to connect to.
    Wi-Fi menu with networks highlighted.
  5. Networks that have a lock icon next to their name require a password. After you select your network, enter the network password when you're prompted. If you don't know the network password, check with the owner of the Wi-Fi network you're trying to join.
  1. Click the Apple menu, then click onApp Store.
    Apple menu with App Store highlighted.
  2. Select Updates on the bar at the top.
    App store menu bar with Updates highlighted.
  3. Any pending updates for your Mac will be listed here. Select Update All to apply these updates.

MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air must have the power adapter plugged in to automatically download updates.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
    Screenshot of the Apple menu, with System Preferences selected.

  2. Click Users & Groups.
    Screenshot of the System Preferences window, with Users & Groups selected.

  3. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.
    Screenshot of a lock icon.
      
  4. Click the Add button below the list of users.
    Screenshot of a plus icon.
      
    Screenshot of the user and groups screen with account type, name, account name, password, and password hint highlighted

  5. Click the New Account pop-up menu, then choose a type of user.
    • Administrator: An administrator can add and manage other users, install apps, and change settings. The new user you create when you first set up your Mac is an administrator. Your Mac can have multiple administrators. You can create new ones, and convert standard users to administrators. Don’t set up automatic login for an administrator. If you do, someone could simply restart your Mac and gain access with administrator privileges. To keep your Mac secure, don’t share administrator names and passwords.
    • Standard: Standard users are set up by an administrator. Standard users can install apps and change their own settings, but can’t add other users or change other users’ settings.
    • Managed with Parental Controls: Users who are managed with parental controls can access only the apps and content specified by the administrator managing the user. The administrator can restrict the user’s contacts and website access, and place time limits on computer use.
    • Sharing Only: Sharing-only users can access shared files remotely, but can’t log in to or change settings on the computer. To give the user permission to access your shared files or screen, you may need to change settings in the File Sharing, Screen Sharing, or Remote Management panes of Sharing preferences.
      Screenshot of the New Account pop-up. Choices are Administrator, Standard, Managed with Parental Controls and Sharing Only.

  6. Enter a full name for the new user. An account name is generated automatically. To use a different account name, enter it now as you can’t change it later.
  7. Enter a password for the user, then enter it again to verify. Enter a password hint to help the user remember their password.
  8. Click Create User.
  9. Click the user you just created.
  10. Depending on the type of user you create, you can also do any of the following:
    • For an administrator, select “Allow user to administer this computer.
    • For a child or other managed user, select “Enable parental controls.” Click Open Parental Controls, then set up restrictions for the user.
    • Use Sharing preferences to specify whether the user can share your files and share your screen.
  11. The new user is now ready to be used. Log off and then log back in to get started.