Things Mac users miss about Windows and vice versa?

9 years ago from , Creative Director at Peregrine Communications

I'm working from home this morning, which has forced me to return to my Windows 7 laptop for a few hours. Aside from regularly holding Alt in Photoshop instead of Ctrl, some of it has been nice.

The context menus on Google Chrome look so sleek and minimal, I also like how Alt-tab brings up a visual preview of the apps open, but overall after 6 months of daily Mac use I find that this reunion just makes me miss being at work with my Mac.

Have any Windows users out there experienced the same, OR (and this is crazy) have any Mac users been forced to use a PC and eventually been converted?


  • Toby KellerToby Keller, 9 years ago

    The single thing I miss about Windows is the ability to rename files and folders from within 'open' and 'save' dialogs. Thassit

    15 points
  • Giulio MichelonGiulio Michelon, 9 years ago

    After a couple of years on Mac I don't miss Windows at all. Every time I try it again I feel sad and frustrated.

    11 points
  • Lucas MottaLucas Motta, 9 years ago

    Right Click > New File is king on Windows. And that's all.

    9 points
  • Tom J. HumeTom J. Hume, 9 years ago

    I wish Mac had:

    Right Click > New File

    7 points
  • Ohad RonOhad Ron, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    The only missing feature in OS X is the ability to resize window to full size / left half / right half of the screen. In Windows it's Windows+Up/Left/Right.

    There's a solution for Mac but it involves external software (BetterSnapTool)

    Oh, and computer games. But that's kinda counter-productive.

    7 points
  • Stephen ChinnadoraiStephen Chinnadorai, 9 years ago

    When using Mac: a maximise button that works (somewhat fixed by full-screen mode)

    When using Windows: everything else OS X does better.

    7 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, 9 years ago

    I don't miss anything from Windows.

    Today I was asked for some help at the agency. One guy left the company and I had to change something from his work and deploy it. The guy was a Windows 8 user. Words cannot describe how lost I felt (I was hardcore XP user in the past and Mac user since 92').

    I thank god —if there's one— I don't have to work under Windows.

    5 points
  • Paul WoidkePaul Woidke, 9 years ago

    The biggest things for me are on a Mac I miss having the ability to snap windows to half the screen, and on Windows I miss being able to hit space to preview files.

    5 points
  • Bart Claeys, 9 years ago

    On Mac I want:

    1. The top menu bar (File, Edit, View,...) be attached to the window of the app, not fixed to the top of the screen.

    2. To be able to close an app without having to use Command+Q.

    3. A working maximize window button, like many people brought up.

    4. Being able to delete, rename files within 'open' and 'save' dialogs like some people already mentioned.

    4 points
  • Nick WNick W, 9 years ago

    am I the only one who is still baffled at how copy and paste behavior works in a mac versus a pc?

    'enter' to open a file is also something I miss.

    4 points
    • Brendan SaundersBrendan Saunders, 9 years ago

      I would like to be able to copy and paste of files in the finder...

      Also, 'enter' to open a file was long a pet peeve of mine, but now I am used to using that for renaming.

      0 points
    • Andrew CrockerAndrew Crocker, 9 years ago

      Cmd + enter or Cmd + Down Arrow both open files.

      I'm not sure what the copy paste differences are though, I never noticed a difference.

      0 points
      • Nick WNick W, 9 years ago

        Moving files in the finder is overall funny to me.

        Perhaps I should have mentioned 'cut and paste' since that's a more drastic difference (maybe I was just confusing things for copy and paste)

        0 points
  • Account deleted 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )
    • Windows keyboard navigation is great. Can't even tab alerts in OSX without enabling it via the terminal
    • 'Enter' to open folders
    3 points
  • Varun Thota, 9 years ago

    I miss absolutely nothing from Windows. Unlike Windows, I don't need an actual mouse, when gestures on my MBA does everything I need. It's so much easier switching between windows, spaces, files. Command ~ and you can switch between apps. Command-Tab and Command ~ to go back and forth between apps. For window size management, I've been using Cinch for years now.

    There is no way I'll ever be able to switch back to Windows. Sure there are plenty of apps you can use to maximize productivity on either OS, but Mac still does, and offers the best. Games? Well I have a console for that.

    2 points
  • Joshua SortinoJoshua Sortino, 9 years ago

    What I miss while using Mac: Browsing files in icon grid format, shift click first and last file to select everything in-between.

    2 points
  • Nancy TsangNancy Tsang, 9 years ago

    Solitaire. I've got a 38 second record I've been itching to revisit for years!

    2 points
  • Devin HalladayDevin Halladay, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    I come from a PC and I sorely miss Windows' Aero Snap feature. I was able to get similar functionality with Moom, though — fantastic app.

    Also sometimes I actually kind of miss the UI from Windows 7.

    2 points
  • Jan ZhengJan Zheng, 9 years ago

    Sometimes using Finder is an annoying experience, when moving a lot of files around. For example, moving files into a group of folders, the list doesn't scroll as you move your mouse cursor towards the bottom, so you have to switch to another Finder layout mode.

    Getting folder paths is (slightly) annoying as there's no address bar.

    Too many things OS X has that Windows doesn't offer. Also, Windows 8 is still messy and confusing to me.

    2 points
    • Tim GauthierTim Gauthier, 9 years ago

      If you are on a trackpad you can scroll with your other hand while hovering over finder. Also you can turn on the finder path bar.

      0 points
    • Kevin RabinovichKevin Rabinovich, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

      To show the pathname in the title bar, you can run defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES && killall Finder from the Terminal, or, if you prefer the Windows-style breadcrumbs, hit Command + Option + P to show the Path bar at the bottom of Finder windows.

      Command + Shift + G also brings up a dialog box with the current folder's path.

      0 points
  • James Young, 9 years ago

    I miss being able to use my keyboard to go left and right on dialog boxes when saving files on osx.

    2 points
  • TJ TaylorTJ Taylor, 9 years ago

    Winamp - It really whips the llamas ass.

    1 point
  • Christoffer TønnessenChristoffer Tønnessen, 9 years ago

    I do not miss anything from Windows. I have grown custom to using my terminal for all my needs down to open different programs. I feel this is easier and more efficient. I simply navigate to a file I want and type open to open it in e.g. Photoshop.

    On Windows I miss the terminal which Mac and Linux systems have. And Tweetbot.

    1 point
  • Siddharth GuptaSiddharth Gupta, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    On mac, I miss the print screen button. Cmd+alt+shift+3(or 4) gets tiresome. Also, I really liked that closing the last window quits the program.

    1 point
  • Sean O'GradySean O'Grady, 9 years ago

    I miss decent type rendering on Windows. I miss actual window management when I'm on OS X, thankfully apps like Divvy help with that!

    1 point
  • David NelsonDavid Nelson, 9 years ago

    Windows Explorer - Especially being able to edit the directory path directly in the explorer window

    1 point
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 9 years ago
    • prefer windows 7 taskbar to os x dock.
    • prefer windows explorer to finder.
    • prefer cross-browser testing on windows.
    • prefer windows snap, especially with multiple monitors.
    • prefer mac font rendering (obviously).
    • prefer mac actually closing programs when you force quit.
    1 point
    • Axel ValdezAxel Valdez, 9 years ago

      Thanks. Windows 7 taskbar is the one and only thing I miss, and people throw trash at me when I say it out loud.

      1 point
    • Stefanica AlexandruStefanica Alexandru, 9 years ago

      Totally agree except the last one, When I close a program i expect it to close not minimize it. This behavior in windows comes more natural to me than mac style

      Mac mouse and right click this is by far the weirdest, Why would I want to hold the ctrl keyboard to have a right click?

      The only thing Mac does better is font rendering

      2 points
  • Account deleted 9 years ago

    Only thing I really miss from Windows is better window manipulation tools from the stock OS.

    And games…

    1 point
  • Nick MNick M, 9 years ago

    Things i miss about Windows as a former user: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    0 points
  • Eliot SlevinEliot Slevin, 9 years ago

    I have a windows workhorse and a mac laptop, and they both have their flaws and advantages. I don't think any one in particular is a significant amount better, the differences are minimal.

    That being said, gaming is the only thing stoping me from hackintoshing my rig.

    0 points
  • Alex PopescuAlex Popescu, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    When using a Mac:

    • Alt+Letter keyboard shortcuts for menu bar - I know, you can define your own shortcuts in OS X, but with Alt+Letter you don't need to remember them all
    • related to that: modal windows that can be dealt with without leaving the keyboard (on OS X some work, some don't)
    • context menu shortcut from keyboard - there's no way to right click without using the keyboard on the mac
    • cutting a file (for pasting/moving) - I don't understand how this could be missing
    • enter renames files - instead of opening. Why?
    0 points
    • Suresh SelvarajSuresh Selvaraj, 9 years ago

      Alt+Letter is the one I miss the most too! You can fly through options using those shortcuts, and also do window level operations, such as Alt+Space, x to maximize a window. OS X could definitely improve on shortcuts.

      0 points
  • Lucas BebberLucas Bebber, 9 years ago

    I miss maximizing, the taskbar, right click>new file.

    I kind of like OS X but I don't think it's that better really.

    0 points
  • jj moijj moi, 9 years ago

    I miss watching anti-virus running and deleting them.

    0 points
  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    I don't miss anything about Windows, but I miss a lot of programs I used to use on it:

    • mIRC (specifically mIRC, the client. Nostalgia city.)
    • Impulse Tracker
    • All those old Sierra games (King's Quest, Police Quest, Space Quest)
    • Myst

    I know there are emulators but it doesn't feel quite the same.

    0 points