My New Mac, Lion Edition

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2011-09-15
  • Publisher: No Starch Press

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Mac OS is a beautiful and reliable operating system, but it can still confuse brand new Mac owners-especially if they come from Windows. After all, Mac OS is not Windows, and that's a good thing. But that doesn't necessarily mean that it's easy for new users to penetrate this different operating system. Fortunately, with My New Mac, it won't be long before readers are relishing those differences. Rather than focus each chapter on a specific program or feature of Mac OS (as most beginner books do), Wallace Wang takes a project-oriented approach that mirrors the sorts of things people want to do with their Mac. For example, rather than offering a tedious, step-by-step walkthrough of Photo Booth or iChat, Wang focuses on using Photo Booth to organize photos and post them to a website, or using iChat to chat with friends. Key aspects of each program needed to perform a task are discussed and indexed for easy reference, but this is not a reference book: it's designed to teach new users how to get the most out of their Mac by having them use it to actually do things. This revised edition covers all new OS X Lion features, including multi-touch gestures, FaceTime video messaging, app management with Launchpad and Mission Control, the Mac App Store, full-screen apps, and more.

Table of Contents

Praise for the My New™ series
Understanding Computer Terms
How This Book Is Organized
Basic Training
Learning to Use the Mouse and Trackpad
What You'll Be Using
How to Point and Click the Mouse and Trackpad
Dragging the Pointer
Double-Clicking the Mouse and Trackpad
Right-Clicking the Mouse
Using the Scroll Ball
Additional Ideas for Using the Mouse and Trackpad
Controlling Your Mac with Your Fingers
What You'll Be Using
Using the Trackpad
Customizing the Trackpad
Using Finger Gestures with the Magic Mouse
Additional Ideas for Using Finger Gestures
Choosing Commands on the Menu Bar
What You'll Be Using
Understanding the Menu Bar
Understanding Dialogs
Understanding the Parts of the Menu Bar
Using the Keyboard
Additional Ideas for Using the Menu Bar
Running Programs and Files from the Dock
What You'll Be Using
Understanding Program Icons
Switching Programs and Windows from the Dock
Quitting Programs from the Dock
Accessing the Documents and Downloads Folders on the Dock
Additional Ideas for Using the Dock
Customizing the Dock
What You'll Be Using
Hiding (and Showing) the Dock
Moving the Dock
Making the Dock Easier to See
Rearranging Icons on the Dock
Showing (or Hiding) Indicator Lights on the Dock
Adding and Removing Icons on the Dock
Adding and Removing Files and Folders on the Dock
Additional Ideas for Customizing the Dock
Using Full-Screen Viewing
What You'll Be Using
Switching to Full-Screen Viewing
Using Full-Screen Viewing in the Finder
Additional Ideas for Using Full-Screen Viewing
Organizing Screens with Mission Control
What You'll Be Using
Starting Mission Control
Creating Additional Virtual Desktops (Spaces)
Removing a Virtual Desktop (Space)
Customizing the Mission Control Hotkey
Additional Ideas for Using Mission Control
Opening Apps with Launchpad
What You'll Be Using
Starting and Closing Launchpad
Navigating the Launchpad Screen
Rearranging Icons on Launchpad
Organizing Icons into Launchpad Folders
Creating a Launchpad Folder
Removing a Program from a Launchpad Folder
Additional Ideas for Using Launchpad; Wrangling Files and Folders
Navigating Through Folders with the Finder
What You'll Be Using
Understanding Drives, Folders, and Files
Understanding the Finder Window
Viewing All Your Files
Viewing a Folder Hierarchy
Additional Ideas for Navigating the Folder Hierarchy
Tricks for Managing Your Files and Folders
What You'll Be Using
Creating Files and Folders
Sorting Files
Peeking Inside a File
Renaming a File or Folder
Deleting a File or Folder
Copying a File or Folder
Moving a File or Folder
Labeling Files and Folders by Color
Searching Files and Folders by Color
Additional Ideas for Managing Files and Folders
Finding Files Fast with Spotlight and Smart Folders
What You'll Be Using
Finding Specific Files with Spotlight
Using Smart Folders
Additional Ideas for Finding Files
Sharing Files Wirelessly
What You'll Be Using
Checking for Bluetooth Capability
Turning On Bluetooth Sharing
Sharing Files with Bluetooth
Using AirDrop
Additional Ideas for Transferring Files Wirelessly
Storing Files on a CD or DVD
What You'll Be Using
Buying Discs
Erasing a Read/Write (RW) Disc
Choosing Files to Burn to a CD or DVD
Additional Ideas for Burning CDs and DVDs
Using Resume, Auto Save, and Versions
What You'll Be Using
Using Resume and Auto Save
Using Versions
Additional Ideas for Using Resume, Auto Save, and Versions
Retrieving Files Back in Time
What You'll Be Using
Retrieving Files from the Trash
Backing Up and Retrieving Files with Time Machine
Additional Ideas for Backing Up Files; Making Life Easier
Working Faster with Shortcut Commands
What You'll Be Using
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Using Buttons
Using Shortcut Menus
Additional Ideas for Using Shortcuts
Controlling Your Macintosh with Hot Corners
What You'll Be Using;;;;;
Defining a Hot Corner
Using a Hot Corner
Additional Ideas for Using Hot Corners
Putting Information at Your Fingertips with Dashboard
What You'll Be Using
Starting Dashboard
Changing the Appearance of Dashboard
Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets
Finding More Widgets
Erasing Widgets
Additional Ideas for Using Dashboard
Giving Your Macintosh Multiple Personalities with User Accounts
What You'll Be Using
Understanding User Accounts
Creating User Accounts
Logging In and Out of an Account
Fast Switching Between Accounts
Deleting an Account
Additional Ideas for Using Accounts
Slapping Parental Controls on Your Kids
What You'll Be Using
Creating a Managed with Parental Controls Account
Setting Parental Controls
Additional Ideas for Using Managed with Parental Controls Accounts
Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and Control
What You'll Be Using
Enlarging Text on the Screen
Replacing Beeps with Screen Flashing
Turning On Sticky Keys
Using the Keyboard to Control the Mouse Pointer
Additional Ideas for Using Universal Access Features
Using the Mac App Store
What You'll Be Using
Accessing the Mac App Store
Searching for a Program
Downloading Programs
Additional Ideas for Using the Mac App Store
Installing, Updating, and Uninstalling Software
What You'll Be Using
Installing Software from a CD or DVD
Installing Software over the Internet
Updating Apple's Software
Uninstalling Software
Additional Ideas for Installing Software
Saving Contact Information
What You'll Be Using
Storing Contacts
Editing a Card
Deleting a Card
Searching for a Name (and Other Information)
Creating Groups
Changing Your View
Additional Ideas for Using Address Book
Making Appointments in Your Calendar
What You'll Be Using
Changing Calendar Views
Making an Appointment
Modifying an Appointment
Deleting an Appointment
Creating Reminders
Modifying a Reminder
Deleting a Reminder
Using Different Calendars
Additional Ideas for Using iCal
Typing Foreign Languages
What You'll Be Using
Typing Foreign Characters
Clicking to Choose Foreign Characters
Typing on a Foreign Language Keyboard Layout
Typing in Foreign (Non-Roman) Characters
Writing Chinese Characters by Hand
Additional Ideas for Typing Foreign Characters; Playing Music and Movies
Playing Audio CDs and Audio Files with iTunes
What You'll Be Using
Playing Audio CDs
Adding Digital Audio Files to iTunes
Deleting Digital Audio Files in iTunes
Controlling Your Music
Using Playlists
Using the Genius Feature
Tagging Your Songs
Additional Ideas for Playing Music on Your Macintosh
Ripping and Burning Audio CDs
What You'll Be Using
Ripping Songs off an Audio CD
Burning a Custom Audio CD
Additional Ideas for Ripping and Burning CDs
Playing a DVD
What You'll Be Using
Switching Between Full Screen and Window Mode
Viewing DVD Movie Chapters
Using Bookmarks
Additional Ideas for Playing a DVD
Listening to News, Music, and Talk Shows Online
What You'll Be Using
Finding and Listening to an Internet Radio Station
Finding Podcasts
Additional Ideas for Listening to Radio Stations and Podcasts
Listening to Free College Lectures
What You'll Be Using
Listening to a College Lecture from iTunes U
Additional Ideas for Listening to Lectures
Editing Video with iMovie
What You'll Be Using
Transferring Video to Your Macintosh
Understanding iMovie's Interface
Previewing Your Project
Deleting Selections from Your Project
Additional Ideas for Using iMovie; The Digital Shutterbug
Transferring Pictures to Your Macintosh
What You'll Be Using
Transferring Photos from a Digital Camera
Transferring Images from a Scanner
Copying Images from a Web Page
Capturing Screen Images
Additional Ideas for Transferring and Storing Images
Organizing Digital Photos in iPhoto
What You'll Be Using
How iPhoto Works
Working with Events
Viewing All Your Photos
Working with Faces
Viewing Photos with Places
Editing Photo Locations
Deleting Photos from iPhoto
Additional Ideas for Organizing Digital Photos in iPhoto
Tagging and Sorting Digital Photos in iPhoto
What You'll Be Using
Tagging Photos
Sorting Photos
Additional Ideas for Sorting Digital Photos in iPhoto
Editing Digital Photos in iPhoto
What You'll Be Using
Rotating and Straightening Photos
Cropping a Photo
Touching Up a Photo
Creating Unusual Visual Effects
Adjust a Photo Manually
Additional Ideas for Editing Digital Photos in iPhoto
Showing Off Your Pictures
What You'll Be Using
Displaying Your Pictures on the Desktop
Using Your Pictures as a Screensaver
Creating a Special Picture Folder
Additional Ideas for Displaying Pictures
Taking Pictures of Yourself with Photo Booth
What You'll Be Using
Capturing Pictures with Photo Booth
Viewing Photo Booth Pictures
Saving Photo Booth Pictures
Deleting Photo Booth Pictures
Additional Ideas for Using Photo Booth; Surfing and Sharing on the Internet
Getting on the Internet and Sharing Folders
What You'll Be Using
Connecting to the Internet
Sharing Folders over a Network
Additional Ideas for Connecting to the Internet
Remembering Your Favorite Websites
What You'll Be Using
Viewing Previously Visited Websites
Creating a List of Top Sites
Using Bookmarks
Organizing Bookmarks in Folders
Additional Ideas for Using Bookmarks and the History Menu
Saving a Web Page
What You'll Be Using
Using a Reading List
Saving a Web Page as a File
Emailing a Web Page
Additional Ideas for Saving Web Pages
Keeping Your Internet Activities Private
What You'll Be Using
Identifying Safe Websites
Clearing Your Internet Tracks
Avoiding Fraudulent Websites and Phishing Scams
Hiding Your Browsing from Others
Cleaning Out Cookies
Additional Ideas for Browsing in Private
Customizing Safari
What You'll Be Using
Customizing Safari's Search Engine, Home Page, and Downloads
Customizing the Appearance of a Web Page
Using Windows and Tabs
Additional Ideas for Customizing Safari
Setting Up an Email Account
What You'll Be Using
Getting Your Email Account Information
Configuring Mail Automatically
Configuring Mail Manually
Additional Ideas for Creating Accounts in Mail
Reading and Writing Email
What You'll Be Using
Retrieving Email Messages
Reading Email Messages
Deleting a Message
Saving Email Addresses
Writing a Message
Additional Ideas for Reading and Writing Messages
Making Email Look Pretty
What You'll Be Using
Using Stationery
Using Signatures
Additional Ideas for Making Email Look Pretty
Organizing Your Email
What You'll Be Using
Sorting Messages
Searching for Messages
Using Smart Mailboxes
Using Rules to Sort Messages
Additional Ideas for Organizing Email
Dealing with Junk Email
What You'll Be Using
Using Junk Mail Filtering
Additional Ideas for Dealing with Junk Email
Video Chatting with FaceTime
What You'll Be Using
Setting Up a FaceTime Account
Accepting a FaceTime Call
Temporarily Turning FaceTime Off
Making a Call with FaceTime
Additional Ideas for Using FaceTime
Instant Messaging with iChat
What You'll Be Using
Setting Up an iChat Account
Starting iChat
Chatting with Others in iChat
Additional Ideas for Using iChat; Maintaining Your Mac
Learning About Your Macintosh
What You'll Be Using
Identifying Your Operating System Version, Processor Type, and Memory
Identifying Your Macintosh Serial Number
Identifying Your Monitor's Resolution
Identifying Your Hard Disk's Free Space
Identifying Your Macintosh's Memory (RAM)
Additional Ideas
Conserving Energy While Using Your Macintosh
What You'll Be Using
Sleepy Time
Forcing Your Macintosh to Sleep
Making Your Macintosh Sleep (and Start) on a Schedule
Additional Ideas for Conserving Energy
Ejecting Stuck CDs or DVDs
What You'll Be Using
How to Eject a CD or DVD Normally
How to Eject a Stuck CD or DVD
Additional Ideas for Ejecting and Preventing Stuck CDs or DVDs
Password Protecting Your Macintosh
What You'll Be Using
Password Protecting Screensaver and Sleep Mode
Password Protecting System Preferences
Disabling Automatic Login
Choosing and Changing Your Passwords
Additional Ideas for Password Protecting Your Macintosh
Encrypting Your Data and Guarding Your Privacy
What You'll Be Using
Encrypting Your Hard Disk
Turning Off Location Services
Additional Ideas for Encrypting Your Data
Configuring the Firewall
What You'll Be Using
Turning the Firewall On (or Off)
Configuring the Firewall
Additional Ideas for Using the Firewall
The Next Step
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