Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-11-01
  • Publisher: Visual
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The iMac is Apple's flagship desktop computer capable of serving as an enterprise workstation, multi-media center, and artistic workhorse all in one. For readers looking to gain a general understanding of iMacs and some of the common peripherals associated with them, this book is a perfect introduction. Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac, 2nd Edition, guides readers through everything they need to know about their new Apple desktop, including; getting up and running with a customized desktop, working with the OS, working with email, and troubleshooting and maintenance tricks that will extend the life of an iMac. Also covers topics such as editing photos in iPhoto, creating award winning home movies with iMovie, and connecting all the amazing iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads. This book shows readers how to browse the web with Safari, use iCal to track appointments, and what to do if something should ever go wrong with their iMacs. Using full color, rich screenshots and illustrations, and straight-forward step by step instructions, anyone wanting to know how to get the most from their iMac will find what they need to get started in this book.

Author Biography

Guy Hart-Davis is the author of iMac Portable Genius, 3rd Edition, iLife '11 Portable Genius, and iWork ’09 Portable Genius.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Your iMac

Set Up Your iMac 4

Start Your iMac and Log In 6

Connect Your iMac to the Internet 8

Connect Your iMac to a Wired Network 10

Connect Your iMac to a Wireless Network 12

Connect a Printer to Your iMac 14

Connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to Your iMac 16

Connect External Drives to Your iMac 18

Give Commands from the Menus and Toolbar 20

Open, Close, Minimize, and Hide Windows 22

Put Your iMac to Sleep and Wake It Up 24

Log Out, Shut Down, and Resume 26

Chapter 2 Sharing Your iMac with Other People

Create a User Account for Another Person 30

Configure Your iMac So Several People Can Use It 32

Share Your iMac with Fast User Switching 34

Turn On Parental Controls for an Account 36

Choose What Applications a User Can Run 38

Prevent a User from Seeing Inappropriate Content on the Web 40

Control Whom a User Can Email and Chat With 42

Set Time Limits for Logging On 44

Apply Other Restrictions to What a User Can Do 46

See What a Controlled User Has Done on the iMac 48

Chapter 3 Running Applications

Open and Close an Application 52

Install an Application from the App Store 54

Install an Application from a Disc or the Internet 56

Run an Application Full Screen 58

Switch Quickly to Other Applications 60

Switch Applications Using Mission Control 62

Create and Save a Document 64

Close and Open a Document 66

Edit a Document 68

Use Mac OS X’s Help System 70

Chapter 4 Managing Your Files and Folders

Understanding Where to Store Files on Your iMac 74

Using the Finder’s Four Views Effectively 76

Look Through a File without Opening It 78

Search for a File or Folder 80

Save a Search in a Smart Folder 82

Create and Name a New Folder 84

Copy a File from One Folder to Another 86

Move a File from One Folder to Another 88

Rename a File or Folder 90

View the Information about a File or Folder 92

Compress Files for Easy Transfer 94

Burn Files to a CD or DVD 96

Erase a CD or DVD 98

Throw a File in the Trash 100

Chapter 5 Surfing the Web

Open and Close Safari 104

Open a Web Page 106

Follow a Link to a Web Page 107

Open Several Web Pages at Once 108

Find Your Way from One Page to Another 110

Return to a Recently Visited Page 112

Change the Page Safari Opens at First 114

Keep Bookmarks for Web Pages You Like 116

Find Interesting Websites 118

Download a File from the Internet 120

Keep Up to Date with News Feeds 122

Choose Essential Security Settings 124

Chapter 6 Sending and Receiving Email

Open and Close Apple Mail 128

Set Up Your Email Account 130

Send an Email Message 132

Get Your Messages and Read Them 134

Reply to a Message 136

Send a Message on to Someone Else 138

Send a File via Email 140

Receive a File via Email 142

View Email Messages by Conversations 144

Get Your Email on Any Computer 146

Create Notes 148

Reduce the Amount of Spam You Receive 150

Chapter 7 Organizing Your Contacts and Schedule

Open and Close iCal 154

Find Your Way around the Calendar 156

Create a New Calendar 158

Create an Appointment 160

Share Your Calendar with Other People 162

Subscribe to a Calendar Someone Is Sharing 164

Open and Close Address Book 166

Add Someone to Your Address Book 168

Change the Information for a Contact 170

Organize Your Contacts into Groups 172

Chapter 8 Chatting with iChat and FaceTime

Open and Close iChat 176

Add Someone to Your Buddy List 178

Chat with a Buddy Using Text 180

Chat with a Buddy Using Audio and Video 182

Send and Receive Files While You Chat 184

Open FaceTime, Set It Up, and Close It 186

Make and Receive FaceTime Calls 188

Chapter 9 Enjoying Music, Video, and DVDs

Open and Close iTunes 192

Set Up Home Sharing 194

Add Your CDs to the iTunes Library 196

Buy More Songs Online 198

Play Songs 200

Play Videos 202

Create Playlists of Songs You Like 204

Have iTunes Create Playlists for You 206

Create a Custom CD of Your Songs 208

Listen to Radio Stations over the Internet 210

Enjoy Podcasts 212

Watch a DVD on Your iMac 214

Chapter 10 Making the Most of Your Photos

Open and Close iPhoto 218

Import Photos from Your Digital Camera 220

Browse through Your Photos 222

Crop a Photo to the Right Size 224

Rotate or Straighten a Photo 226

Remove Red-Eye from a Photo 228

Improve the Colors in a Photo 230

Add an Effect to a Photo 232

Sort Your Photos into Events 234

Create Albums of Your Photos 236

Create a Slideshow of Your Photos 238

Identify Faces in Your Photos 242

Send a Photo via Email 244

Take Photos or Videos of Yourself 246

Chapter 11 Creating Your Own Movies

Open and Close iMovie 250

Import Video from a DV Tape Camcorder 252

Import Video from a Digital Camcorder or iPhone 254

Import Video from a Digital Camera 256

Import Video Files from Your iMac 258

Create a Movie Project 260

Select the Video Footage You Want to Use 262

Build the Movie Project from Clips 264

Add Transitions between Video Clips 266

Add a Still Photo to the Movie Project 268

Create a Soundtrack for the Movie 270

Add Titles and Credits 272

Share the Movie on YouTube 274

Chapter 12 Customizing Your iMac

Change Your Desktop Background 278

Set Up a Screen Saver 280

Make the Dock Show the Icons You Need 282

Create and Remove Extra Desktop Spaces 284

Create Hot Corners to Run Mission Control Easily 286

Add a Second Display So You Can See More 288

Make the Keyboard and Mouse or Trackpad Easier to Use 290

Make the Screen Easier to See 292

Tell Spotlight Which Folders to Search 294

Control Your iMac with Your Voice 296

Save Time by Running Applications Each Time You Log In 298

Save Power by Putting Your iMac to Sleep 300

Choose When to Check for Software Updates 302

Chapter 13 Using Your iMac on a Network

Transfer Files Using AirDrop 306

Connect to a Shared Folder 308

Share a Folder on the Network 310

Connect to a Shared Printer 312

Share Your iMac’s Printer on the Network 314

Connect Remotely to Your iMac via Back to My Mac 316

Chapter 14 Keeping Your iMac and Data Safe

Understanding Threats to Your iMac and Your Data 322

Install Antivirus Software 324

Scan Your iMac for Viruses 326

Turn Off Automatic Login 328

Increase the Security of the Mac OS X Firewall 330

Recognize and Avoid Phishing Attacks 332

Chapter 15 Troubleshooting Your iMac

Reclaim Space by Emptying the Trash 336

Keep Your iMac Current with the Latest Updates 338

Back Up Your Files with Time Machine 340

Recover Your Files from a Time Machine Backup 342

Remove Applications You No Longer Need 344

See Which Application Is Causing Your iMac Problems 346

Force a Crashed Application to Quit 348

Go Back to an Earlier Version of a Document 350

Recover When Mac OS X Crashes 352

Solve Problems with Corrupt Preference Files 354

Troubleshoot Disk Permission Errors 356

Upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion 358

Create a Mac OS X Lion Installation DVD 360

Repair Your iMac's Hard Disk 362

Reinstall Mac OS X to Solve Severe Problems 363

Index 364

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