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Mac OS X Snow Leopard All-in-One For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-43541-0
768 pages
September 2009
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Mac OS X Snow Leopard is the newest Mac operating system, with even better performance and more efficient use of hard drive space as well as cool features like MobileMe, the iWork productivity suite, and improved media technology. And Mac OS X Snow Leopard All-in-One For Dummies is your one-stop reference for all its features.

Eight self-contained minibooks cover OS X basics, customizing and sharing your Mac, the digital hub, iWork, Internet features, networking, expanding your system, and advanced Mac OS X (for those with more techie inclinations). You’ll learn to:

  • Determine whether your hardware can handle upgrading to Snow Leopard
  • Navigate Snow Leopard, find things with Spotlight, control your Mac with Front Row, and make backups
  • Explore the digital hub and its applications: iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iTunes, GarageBand, QuickTime, and iWeb
  • Create cool-looking documents with Pages, crunch numbers with Numbers, and build awesome slide presentations with Keynote
  • Set up your Internet connection and e-mail, connect with iChat, sync up with MobileMe, and share large files via iDisk
  • Build a wireless network with AirPort Extreme
  • Keep your Snow Leopard happy with regular maintenance

Mac OS X Snow Leopard All-in-One For Dummies also shows you a little of what’s under the hood, in case you’re interested in doing a little AppleScript programming or learning a bit more about UNIX. Whatever your level of involvement with OS X Snow Leopard, this complete guide covers what you need to know.

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Table of Contents


Book I: Introducing Mac OS X.

Chapter 1: Shaking Hands with Mac OS X.

Chapter 2: Navigating and Running Programs.

Chapter 3: Basic OS X Housekeeping.

Chapter 4: Searching Everything with Spotlight.

Chapter 5: Fun with Photo Booth and Front Row.

Chapter 6: Keeping Track with the Address Book.

Chapter 7: The Joys of Maintenance.

Chapter 8: Getting Help for the Big X.

Chapter 9: Troubleshooting the X.

Book II: Customizing and Sharing.

Chapter 1: Building the Finder of Your Dreams.

Chapter 2: Giving Your Desktop the Personal Touch.

Chapter 3: Delving under the Hood with System Preferences.

Chapter 4: You Mean Others Can Use My Mac, Too?

Chapter 5: Setting Up Multiuser Accounts.

Chapter 6: Sharing Documents for Fun and Profit.

Book III: The Digital Hub.

Chapter 1: The World According to Apple.

Chapter 2: Jamming with iTunes and iPod.

Chapter 3: Focusing on iPhoto.

Chapter 4: Making Magic with iMovie.

Chapter 5: Burn Those DVDs! Using iDVD.

Chapter 6: Becoming a Superstar with GarageBand.

Chapter 7: Crafting a Web Site with iWeb.

Chapter 8: No, It’s Not Called iQuickTime.

Chapter 9: Turning Your Mac into a DVD Theater.

Book IV: Using iWork.

Chapter 1: Desktop Publishing with Pages.

Chapter 2: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers.

Chapter 3: Building Presentations with Keynote.

Book V: The Typical Internet Stuff.

Chapter 1: Getting on the Internet.

Chapter 2: Using Apple Mail.

Chapter 3: Staying in Touch with iChat.

Chapter 4: Expanding Your Horizons with iDisk.

Chapter 5: Going Places with Safari.

Chapter 6: Staying Secure Online.

Book VI: Networking in Mac OS X.

Chapter 1: Setting Up a Small Network.

Chapter 2: Using Your Network.

Chapter 3: Going Wireless.

Chapter 4: Sharing That Precious Internet Thing.

Book VII: Expanding Your System.

Chapter 1: Hardware That Will Make You Giddy.

Chapter 2: Add RAM, Hard Drive Space, and Stir.

Chapter 3: Port-o-Rama: Using USB and FireWire.

Chapter 4: I’m Okay, You’re a Printer.

Chapter 5: Applications That You’ve (Probably) Gotta Have.

Book VIII: Advanced Mac OS X.

Chapter 1: . . . And UNIX Lurks Beneath.

Chapter 2: AppleScript Just Plain Rocks.

Chapter 3: Talking and Writing to Your Macintosh.

Chapter 4: Hosting a Web Site with Mac OS X.


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Author Information

Mark L. Chambers is an author, tech editor, and unabashed Mac fan. He is the author of more than 30 computer books including MacBook For Dummies and Macs For Seniors For Dummies.
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