MacBook for Dummies

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2012-11-19
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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Get more out of your MacBook with the help of this savvy and easy Dummies guide Lighter, faster, and way cooler, the new MacBooks put the power of a desktop into your hands anywhere. Mac expert Mark Chambers shows you how to personalize your Desktop, stay connected while on the road, make movies with iMovie, create and share photos and videos, compose your own music with GarageBand, build a website with iWeb, and much more. Packed with coverage of the latest MacBook hardware including the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro plusOS X Lion, iCloud, iLife, and iWork, this new edition is completely revised and updated to let you in on all the secrets of the magnificent MacBook. Features updated coverage of the latest MacBook devices, OS X Lion, iCloud, iLife, and iWork Shows how to navigate with Mission Control and LaunchPad, sync everything with iCloud, and add some apps to your desktop experience Explains how to customize the dock and desktop; connect from the road; take your music mobile; use iWeb, iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand; and get to work the Mac way with the iWork productivity suite Gets readers acquainted with Multi-Touch gestures, Mail, and the Mac App Store MacBook For Dummies, 4th Edition helps you make friends with your MacBook the fun and easy way!

Author Biography

Mark L. Chambers is an author, a tech editor, and an unabashed Mac fan. He is the author of more than 30 computer books, including OSX Mountain Lion All-in-One For Dummies, Macs From Seniors For Dummies, and iPhone 5 First Steps for Dummies.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
What's Really Requiredp. 2
About This Bookp. 2
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 3
How This Book Is Organizedp. 4
Icons Used in This Bookp. 6
Where to Go from Herep. 7
A Final Wordp. 7
Tie Myself Down with a Desktop? Preposterous!p. 9
Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Needp. 11
An Overview of Your Mac Laptopp. 12
Meet the MacBooksp. 19
Location, Location, Location!p. 25
Unpacking and Connecting Your Laptopp. 26
Great, a Lecture about Handling My Laptopp. 28
An Overview of Mac Software Goodnessp. 29
Other Stuff That Nearly Everyone Wantsp. 31
Turning On Your Portable Powerhousep. 35
Tales of the On Buttonp. 35
Mark's Favorite Signs of a Healthy Laptopp. 36
You're Not Going to Lecture about Batteries, Are You?p. 37
Setting Up and Registering Your Laptopp. 40
Importing Stuff from Another Macp. 42
Importing Stuff from Windows (If You Must)p. 45
The Laptop Owner's Introduction to OS Xp. 47
Your Own Personal Operating Systemp. 48
And Just in Case You Need Helpp. 54
Shaking Hands with OSXp. 57
Opening and Closing and Tapping and Suchp. 59
Using the All-Powerful Finderp. 60
Wait a Second: Where the Heck Are the Mouse Buttons?p. 62
Launching and Quitting Applications with Aplombp. 65
Juggling Folders and Iconsp. 69
Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts to Fame and Fortunep. 75
Performing Tricks with Finder Windowsp. 77
Getting to the Heart of Mountain Lionp. 81
Home, Sweet Home Folderp. 81
Personalizing Your Desktopp. 84
Customizing the Dock Just Sop. 86
What's with the Trash?p. 88
Working Magic with Mission Control and the Dashboardp. 90
Printing in OSXp. 94
A Nerd's Guide to System Preferencesp. 97
An Explanation - in English, No Lessp. 97
Locating That Certain Special Settingp. 100
Popular Preference Panes Explainedp. 101
Sifting through Your Stuffp. 115
A Not-So-Confusing Introduction to Spotlightp. 115
Other Search Tools Are Available, Toop. 123
With Widgets, the Internet Is Your Resourcep. 124
Using Reminders, Notes, and Notificationsp. 127
Remind Me to Use Remindersp. 127
Taking Notes the Mountain Lion Wayp. 130
Staying Current with Notification Centerp. 132
Connecting and Communicatingp. 135
Let's Go on Safari!p. 137
Pretend You've Never Used This Thingp. 137
Visiting Websitesp. 139
Navigating the Webp. 141
Setting Up Your Home Pagep. 144
Adding and Using Bookmarksp. 145
Downloading Filesp. 147
Using Historyp. 148
Tabs Are Your Browsing Friendsp. 148
Saving Web Pagesp. 150
Protecting Your Privacyp. 151
iCIoud Is Made for MacBooksp. 155
So How Does iCIoud Work, Anyway?p. 155
Configuring iCIoudp. 157
Managing Your iCIoud Storagep. 158
Your Laptop Goes Multiuserp. 161
Once Upon a Time (an Access Fairy Tale)p. 162
Big-Shot Administrator Stuffp. 163
Mundane Chores for the Multiuser Laptopp. 175
Working Well with Networksp. 181
What Exactly Is the Network Advantage?p. 181
Should You Go Wired or Wireless?p. 182
Be a Pal - Share Your Internet!p. 184
What Do I Need to Connect?p. 186
Connecting to the Networkp. 194
Use Your Firewall!p. 199
Spreading the Word with Messages and Face Timep. 201
Configuring Messagesp. 202
Working with Messagesp. 203
Changing Modes in Messagesp. 205
Will You Be My Buddy?p. 207
Chat! Chat, I Say!p. 208
Conversing with iMessagesp. 211
Sharing Screens with Aplombp. 212
Sending Files with Messagesp. 213
Eliminating the Riffraffp. 214
Adding Visual Effectsp. 215
Conversing with FaceTimep. 216
Living the iLifep. 219
The Multimedia Joy of iTunesp. 221
What Can I Play on iTunes?p. 221
Playing an Audio CDp. 223
Playing Digital Audio and Videop. 224
Keeping Slim Whitman and Slim Shady Apart: Organizing with Playlistsp. 229
Know Your Songsp. 230
Ripping Audio Filesp. 233
Tweaking the Audio for Your Earsp. 235
A New Kind of Radio Stationp. 236
iSending iStuff to iPodp. 238
Sharing Media across a Networkp. 239
Burning Music to Shiny Plastic Discsp. 240
Feasting on iTunes Visualsp. 242
Exercising Parental Authorityp. 243
Buying Digital Media the Apple Wayp. 245
The Masterpiece That Is iPhotop. 247
Delving into iPhotop. 247
Working with Images in iPhotop. 250
Producing Your Own Coffee-Table Masterpiecep. 265
Putting Photo Stream to Workp. 269
Making Film History with iMoviep. 271
Shaking Hands with the iMovie Windowp. 272
A Bird's-Eye View of Moviemakingp. 275
Importing the Building Blocksp. 276
Building the Cinematic Basicsp. 283
Creating an Honest-to-Goodness Movie Trailerp. 289
Sharing Your Finished Classic with Othersp. 291
Recording Your Hits with GarageBandp. 293
Shaking Hands with Your Bandp. 294
Composing and Podcasting Made Easyp. 296
Automatic Composition with Magic GarageBandp. 309
Sharing Your Songs and Podcastsp. 311
Getting Productive with iWorkp. 315
Desktop Publishing with Pagesp. 317
Creating a New Pages Documentp. 317
Opening an Existing Pages Documentp. 318
Saving Your Workp. 319
Touring the Pages Windowp. 320
Entering and Editing Textp. 321
Using Text and Graphics Boxesp. 321
The Three Amigos: Cut, Copy, and Pastep. 322
Formatting Text the Easy Wayp. 323
Adding a Spiffy Tablep. 324
Adding Alluring Photosp. 325
Adding a Background Shapep. 327
Are You Sure about That Spelling?p. 327
Printing Your Pages Documentsp. 328
Sharing That Poster with Othersp. 329
Creating Spreadsheets with Numbersp. 331
Before You Launch Numbers…p. 332
Creating a New Numbers Documentp. 332
Opening an Existing Spreadsheet Filep. 333
Save Those Spreadsheets!p. 334
Exploring the Numbers Windowp. 335
Navigate and Select Cells in a Spreadsheetp. 336
Entering and Editing Data in a Spreadsheetp. 337
Selecting the Correct Number Formatp. 338
Aligning Cell Text Just Sop. 339
Format with Shadingp. 340
Insert and Delete Rows and Columnsp. 341
The Formula Is Your Friendp. 342
Adding Visual Punch with a Chartp. 344
Building Presentations with Keynotep. 347
Creating a New Keynote Projectp. 348
Opening a Keynote Presentationp. 349
Saving Your Presentationp. 349
Putting Keynote to Workp. 350
Adding Slidesp. 351
Working with Text and Graphics Boxesp. 352
Adding and Editing Slide Textp. 353
Formatting Slide Text for the Perfect Lookp. 354
Using Notes in Your Projectp. 354
Every Good Presentation Needs Mediap. 355
Adding a Background Shapep. 356
Creating Your Keynote Slideshowp. 356
Printing Your Slides and Notesp. 357
Necessary Evils: Troubleshooting, Upgrading, Maintainingp. 361
When Good Mac Laptops Go Badp. 363
Repeat after Me: Yes, I Am a Tech!p. 363
Step-by-Step Laptop Troubleshootingp. 364
Okay, I Kicked It, and It Still Won't Workp. 375
Adding New Stuff to Your Laptopp. 377
More Memory Will Helpp. 377
Considering a Hard Drive Upgrade?p. 382
A List of Dreamy Laptop Add-Onsp. 386
Tackling the Housekeepingp. 389
Cleaning Unseemly Data Depositsp. 389
Backing Up Your Treasurep. 393
Maintaining Hard Drive Healthp. 397
Automating Those Mundane Choresp. 397
Updating OS X Automaticallyp. 400
The Part of Tensp. 401
Top Ten Laptop Rules to Followp. 403
Keep Your Laptop in a Bagp. 403
Maximize Your RAMp. 404
Install a Tracker Applicationp. 405
Keepest Thy Drive Encryptedp. 405
Brand Your MacBookp. 406
Disable Your Wirelessp. 406
Bring a Surge Protector with Youp. 407
Use Power-Saving Featuresp. 408
Use an External Keyboard and Mousep. 408
Not Again! What Is It with You and Backing Up?p. 409
Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plaguep. 411
USB 1.1 Storage Devicesp. 411
Phishing Operationsp. 412
Oddly Shaped Optical Discsp. 413
Submerged Keyboardsp. 414
Antiquated Utility Softwarep. 414
Software Piracyp. 414
The Forbidden Accountp. 415
Unsecured Wireless Connectionsp. 415
Refurbished Hardwarep. 416
Dirty Laptopsp. 417
Indexp. 419
Bonus Chapter 1: Putting Bluetooth to Workp. B1
Bonus Chapter 2: Running Windows with Boot Campp. B9
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