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Switching to a Mac For Dummies, Mac OS X Lion Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-17371-8
432 pages
September 2011
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Learn how to make the switch from PC to Mac a completely smooth transition

The number of Mac users continues to increase significantly each year. If you are one of those people and are eager but also anxious about making the switch, then fear not! This friendly guide skips the jargon to deliver you an easy-to-read, understandable introduction to the Macintosh computer. Computer guru Arnold Reinhold walks you through the Mac OS, user interface, and icons. You'll learn how to set up your Mac, move your files from your PC to your Mac, switch applications, get your Mac online, network your Mac, secure your Mac, work with the iLife suite, troubleshoot common problems, and more.

  • Dives in to helping you make the switch from PC to Mac as smooth and effortless as possible
  • Walks you through the latest features of Mac OS X Lion to help you take advantage of all the cool things your Mac can do that you might not know about
  • Offers clear instructions for working with the iLife applications, running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp, networking your Mac, and switching your family or your business to a Mac
  • Shares essential advice for troubleshooting common problems and provides easy tips for keeping your Mac happy

Switching to Mac For Dummies, Mac OS X Lion Edition is all you need to switch to a Mac and never look back!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Informed Switching Starts Here 7

Chapter 1: Why Switch? Demystifying the Mac Mantra 9

Chapter 2: Meet the Mac Family 23

Chapter 3: Deciding What to Buy 49

Part II: Making the Switch 83

Chapter 4: The Big Day: Setting Up Your Mac 85

Chapter 5: Mac OS X for Windows Users 99

Chapter 6: Moving Files from Your PC to the Mac 131

Chapter 7: Switching Applications 149

Part III: Connecting Hither and Yon 169

Chapter 8: Getting Your Mac Online 171

Chapter 9: Networking the Mac Way 195

Chapter 10: Staying Secure in a Connected World 215

Chapter 11: Connecting with iDevices, iTunes, and iCloud 235

Part IV: More Software, More Choices 247

Chapter 12: Picturing iPhoto 249

Chapter 13: Producing Movies and Music on Your Mac 261

Chapter 14: Building Your Space on the Web 273

Chapter 15: Enjoying Other OS X Goodies 283

Chapter 16: Oops, It’s a PC: Running Windows on Your Mac 297

Part V: Specialty Switching Scenarios 307

Chapter 17: Switching with the Whole Family in Mind 309

Chapter 18: Switching Your Business to Macs 329

Chapter 19: Desktop to Dashcode: OS X Advanced 335

Part VI: The Part of Tens 347

Chapter 20: Ten Terrifi c Troubleshooting Tips 349

Chapter 21: Ten Ways Your Mac Can Help the Planet 361

Chapter 22: Ten Creative Uses for Your Old PC 369

Appendix: Mac Speak versus Windows Speak: A Translation Glossary 373

Index 401

Bonus Chapter 1: Converting from OS 9 and Other Operating Systems BC1

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Author Information

Arnold Reinhold has more than three decades of experience in the software industry. His first Apple product was a Mac 512. He has authored or coauthored numerous books, including Mac mini Hacks & Mods For Dummies, Green IT For Dummies, and Internet Quick Reference For Dummies.
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