Mac OS X Snow Leopard For Dummies

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: For Dummies

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The perfect companion to the new Macintosh operating system, this fun and friendly book covers the key features of Snow Leopard, including Mac OS X basics, touring the Finder, customizing Mac OS X, putting widgets on the Dashboard, and more.

Author Biography

Bob LeVitus, aka Dr. Mac, is among the world's leading authorities on the Macintosh and Mac OS X. He's been one of the Mac Community's most trusted gurus for almost twenty years, and has written or cowritten more than 45 books. He is also a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Introducing Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Basicsp. 7
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 101 (Prerequisites: None)p. 9
Gnawing to the Core of OS Xp. 10
A Safety Net for the Absolute Beginner (Or Any User)p. 12
Turning the dang thing onp. 12
What you should see on startupp. 12
Shutting down properlyp. 16
A few things you should definitely Not do with your Macp. 17
Point-and-click boot campp. 18
Not Just a Beatles Movie: Help and the Help Menup. 19
The Desktop and Windows and Menus (Oh My)!p. 23
Touring the Finder and Its Desktopp. 24
Anatomy of a Windowp. 26
Top o' the window to ya!p. 28
A scroll new worldp. 29
(Hyper) Active windowsp. 30
Dialog Dealie-Boppersp. 31
Working with Windowsp. 33
Opening and closing windowsp. 33
Resizing windowsp. 34
Resizing window panesp. 34
Moving windowsp. 34
Shuffling windowsp. 35
Menu Basicsp. 37
The ever-changing menu barp. 37
Contextual menus: They're sooo sensitivep. 38
Recognizing disabled optionsp. 40
Navigating submenusp. 40
Underneath the Apple menu treep. 41
Using keyboard shortcut commandsp. 42
Have It Your Wayp. 45
Introducing System Preferencesp. 45
Putting a Picture on the Desktopp. 48
Setting Up a Screen Saverp. 50
Putting Widgets on the Dashboardp. 52
Giving Buttons, Menus, and Windows a Makeoverp. 56
Spaced Out! Defining Screen Spacesp. 59
Adjusting the Keyboard, Mouse, Trackpad, and Other Hardwarep. 63
Styling Your Soundp. 71
Changing sound effectsp. 71
Choosing output optionsp. 72
Choosing input optionsp. 72
What's Up, Dock?p. 73
A Quick Introduction to Using the Dockp. 73
The default icons of the Dockp. 74
Trash talkin'p. 77
Opening application menus in the Dockp. 78
Reading Dock-icon body languagep. 80
Opening files from the Dockp. 81
Customizing the Dockp. 81
Adding Dock iconsp. 82
Removing an icon from the Dockp. 84
Resizing the Dockp. 84
What Should you put in YOUR Dock?p. 85
Setting your Dock preferencesp. 86
The Finder and Its Iconsp. 91
Introducing the Finder and Your Desktopp. 91
Getting to Know the Finder Menup. 94
Navigating the Finder: Up, Down, and Backwardp. 96
Belly up to the toolbarp. 96
Moving through folders fast in Column viewp. 99
Perusing in Icon viewp. 101
Listless? Try touring folders in List viewp. 102
You gotta go with the flowp. 104
Like a road Map: The current folder's pop-up menup. 104
Going places with the Go menup. 106
Customizing the Finder Windowp. 107
Adding folders to the Sidebarp. 108
Setting Finder preferencesp. 108
On using View Optionsp. 111
Customizing the Finder with Folder Actionsp. 116
Knowing They Finder Iconsp. 117
Aliases: Greatest Thing Since Sliced Breadp. 119
Creating aliasesp. 120
Deleting aliasesp. 121
Hunting down an alias's parentp. 122
Digging for Icon Data in the Info Windowp. 122
Snow Leopard Taming (Or ""Organization for Smart People"")p. 127
Organizing and Managing Files and Foldersp. 129
Understanding the Mac OS X Folder Structurep. 130
Understanding nested foldersp. 131
From the top: The Computer folderp. 132
Peeking into the Applications folderp. 133
Finding fonts (and more) in the public Library folderp. 133
Let it be: The System folderp. 134
The usability of the Users folderp. 134
There's no place like Homep. 135
Your personal Library cardp. 137
Saving Your Document Before It's Too Latep. 138
Stepping through a basic Savep. 139
Looks like Save, acts like Save-why's it called Saved As?p. 144
Open Sez Mep. 146
With a Quick Lookp. 148
With drag-and-dropp. 149
When your Mac can't open a filep. 149
With the application of your choicep. 151
Organizing Your Stuff in Foldersp. 152
Files versus foldersp. 152
Organizing your stuff with subfoldersp. 153
Creating new foldersp. 156
Navigating with spring-loaded foldersp. 156
Smart Foldersp. 157
Shuffling Around Files and Foldersp. 160
Comprehending the Clipboardp. 160
Copying files and foldersp. 161
Pasting from the Clipboardp. 162
Moving files and foldersp. 163
Selecting multiple iconsp. 164
Playing the icon name game: Renaming iconsp. 166
Compressing filesp. 167
Getting rid of iconsp. 167
Finding Your Stuff, Fastp. 168
The Search box in Finder Windowsp. 168
Using the Spotlight menup. 170
Dealing with Disksp. 173
Comprehending Disksp. 173
Some disks need to be formatted firstp. 174
Moving and copying disk iconsp. 175
Surprise: Your PC Disks Work, Too!p. 176
Burning CDs and DVDsp. 176
Burning on the flyp. 178
Creating a Burn Folderp. 181
Getting Disks out of Your Macp. 182
Organizing Your Lifep. 185
Keeping Track with iCalp. 186
Navigating iCal viewsp. 186
Creating calendarsp. 187
Grouping calendarsp. 188
Deleting a calendar or groupp. 189
In any eventp. 190
To do or not to dop. 192
Are You Available?p. 193
Stickiesp. 193
iSyncp. 194
Do Unto Snow Leopard: Getting Things Donep. 197
Internet-Workingp. 199
Getting Connected to the Internetp. 200
Setting up Your modemp. 200
Your Internet services provider and youp. 201
Plugging in your Internet connection settingsp. 202
Starting a MobileMe accountp. 203
Browsing the Web with Safarip. 204
Navigating with the toolbar buttonsp. 206
Bookmarking your favorite pagesp. 207
Using the terrific Top Sites pagep. 209
Simplifying surfing with RSS feedsp. 210
Searching with Googlep. 212
Checking out Help Centerp. 214
Communicating via iChatp. 214
Chit-chatting with iChatp. 214
Chatting with audio and videop. 216
Remote Screen Sharingp. 217
E-Mail Made Easyp. 221
Keeping Contacts Handy with Address Bookp. 221
Adding contactsp. 222
Importing contacts from other programsp. 224
Creating a basic groupp. 224
Setting up a Smart Group (based on contact criteria)p. 226
Sending e-mail to a contact or groupp. 227
Sending and Receiving E-Mail with Mailp. 228
Setting up Mailp. 228
Composing a new messagep. 229
A quick overview of the toolbarp. 231
Working with stationeryp. 232
Checking your mailp. 234
Dealing with spanp. 234
Changing your preferencesp. 235
Mail rules rulep. 236
Mailboxes smart and plainp. 237
Sign here, pleasep. 239
Take a (Quick) look and (Slide) show me some photosp. 241
The Musical Macp. 243
Introducing iTunesp. 243
Working with Mediap. 246
Adding songsp. 246
Adding movies and videosp. 248
Adding podcastsp. 249
Listening to Internet radiop. 250
All About Playlistsp. 251
Creating a regular playlistp. 252
Working with smart playlistsp. 253
Burning a playlist to CDp. 254
Looking at two specific playlistsp. 254
Backing Up Your iTunes Mediap. 257
The Multimedia Macp. 259
Watching Movies with DVD Playerp. 259
Playing Movies and Music in Quick Time Playerp. 262
Viewing and Converting Images and PDFs in Previewp. 263
Entertaining with Front Rowp. 264
Importing Mediap. 266
Words and Lettersp. 271
Processing Words with TextEditp. 271
Creating and composing a documentp. 272
Working with textp. 273
Adding graphics to documentsp. 275
Font Maniap. 277
Installing new fontsp. 278
Types of fontsp. 278
Managing your fonts with Font Bookp. 279
Making This Snow Leopard Your Very Ownp. 281
Publish or Perish: The Fail-Safe Guide to Printingp. 283
Before Diving Inp. 283
Ready: Connecting and Adding Your Printerp. 284
Connecting your printerp. 284
Setting up a printer for the first timep. 285
One last thing: Printer sharingp. 288
Set: Setting Up Your Document with Page Setupp. 289
Print: Printing with the Print Sheetp. 290
Printing a documentp. 291
Choosing among different printersp. 292
Choosing custom settingsp. 292
Saving custom settingsp. 295
Preview and PDF Optionsp. 295
Just the Faxp. 297
Sharing Your Mac and Linking Itp. 299
Introducing Networks and File Sharingp. 300
Portrait of home-office networkingp. 301
Three ways to build a networkp. 302
Setting Up File Sharingp. 304
Access and Permissions: Who Can Do Whatp. 305
Users and groups and guestsp. 306
Creating usersp. 308
Mac OS X knows best: Folders shared by defaultp. 315
Sharing a folder or disk by setting permissionsp. 316
Useful settings for permissionsp. 320
Unsharing a folderp. 322
Connecting to a Shared Disk or Folder on a Remote Macp. 323
Changing Your Passwordp. 326
Changing your account password on your Macp. 327
Changing the password of any account but your own on your Macp. 327
Changing the password for your account on someone else's Macp. 328
Five More Types of Sharingp. 329
Printer Sharingp. 329
Internet Sharingp. 329
Web Sharingp. 330
Bluetooth Sharingp. 331
Screen Sharingp. 333
Features for the Way You Workp. 335
Talking and Listening to Your Macp. 335
Talking to Your Macp. 336
Listening to Your Mac read for youp. 340
Automatic Automationp. 342
AppleScriptp. 343
Automatorp. 344
A Few More Useful Goodiesp. 347
Universal Accessp. 347
Energy Saverp. 350
Bluetoothp. 351
Inkp. 351
Automatic Login (Accounts System Preferences pane)p. 352
Boot Campp. 352
The Care and Feeding of Your Snow Leopardp. 355
Safety First: Backups and Other Security Issuesp. 357
Backing Up Is (Not) Hard to Dop. 358
Backing up with Snow Leopard's excellent Time Machinep. 358
Backing up by using the manual, brute-force methodp. 361
Backing up by using commercial backup softwarep. 362
Why You Need Two Sets of Backupsp. 363
Non-Backup Security Concernsp. 364
All about virusesp. 364
Firewall: Yea or nay?p. 366
Install recommended software updatesp. 368
Protecting Your Data from Prying Eyesp. 369
Blocking or limiting connectionsp. 369
Locking down files with File Vaultp. 369
Setting other options for securityp. 370
Utility Chestp. 373
Calculatorp. 373
Activity Monitorp. 374
AirPort Utilityp. 376
Audio MIDI Setupp. 376
ColorSync Utilityp. 376
DigitalColor Meterp. 377
Disk Utilityp. 377
First Aidp. 378
Erasep. 378
Partitionp. 378
RAIDp. 378
Restorep. 379
Grabp. 380
Grapherp. 380
Java Preferencesp. 381
Keychain Accessp. 381
Migration Assistantp. 382
System Profilerp. 383
Terminalp. 383
Troubleshooting Mac OS Xp. 385
The OI' ""My Mac Won't Boot"" Bluesp. 385
The ultimate startup disk: The Mac OS X installation DVDp. 386
Booting from a DVD-ROMp. 388
Question Mark and the Mysteriansp. 390
Run First Aidp. 391
Safe Boot into Safe Modep. 393
Zapping the PRAMp. 394
Reinstalling Max OS Xp. 395
Take your Mac in for repairp. 395
If Your Max Crashes at Startupp. 396
The Part of Tensp. 397
Almost Ten Ways to Speed Up Your Mac Experiencep. 399
Ten Ways to Make Your Mac Better by Throwing Money at Itp. 407
Ten (Or So) Great Web Sites for Mac Freaksp. 413
Appendix: Installing or Reinstalling Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Only If You Have To)p. 421
Indexp. 427
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