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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macs, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-35465-0
352 pages
November 2012
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The visual guide to getting up and running with your new Mac

Macs are enjoying robust sales, and visual learners are drawn to their intuitive interface. This colorful, step-by-step guide quickly gets you up to speed on your new Mac, and if you're moving to a Mac from Windows, it smoothes the transition. Full-color screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions show you how to navigate the interface and explain how to attach hardware, sync mobile devices, browse the web with Safari, manage photos with iPhoto, shop at the iTunes store, and much more. There are even productivity, maintenance, and troubleshooting tips.

  • New Mac users, those switching from Windows, and Mac veterans upgrading to the newest version of OS X will get up and running quickly and easily with this full-color, step-by-step guide
  • Covers basic set-up, hardware add-ons, syncing iPhones and iPods to the Mac, using popular apps, browsing the Internet with Safari, and setting up e-mail
  • Shows how to manage your photos with iPhoto and create professional-looking home movies with iMovie
  • Includes a variety of productivity, maintenance, and troubleshooting tasks as well as important details on the capabilities of Mac OS X Lion
  • Numbered steps and colorful screen shots demonstrate each task

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macs, 3rd Edition is just what visual learners need to start making the most of the Mac.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Reviewing Mac Types

Understanding Mac Types  4

Learn About the iMac  6

Delve into the Mac mini  8

Get to Know the Mac Pro  10

Check Out the MacBook Pro  12

Tour the MacBook Air  14

Chapter 2 Learning What You Can Do with a Mac

Create Documents  18

Play and Record Music  20

View and Organize Your Photos  22

Play and Make a Movie or Slide Show  24

Take Advantage of the Web  26

Communicate with Others  28

Organize Your Contacts and Appointments  30

Chapter 3 Connecting Devices

Connect Your Mac to an External Display  34

Connect a Printer  36

Connect a Fax Modem  40

Connect an iPod  42

Connect an iPhone  44

Connect an iPad  46

Connect a Bluetooth Device  48

Connect Your Mac to Another Mac  52

Chapter 4 Learning Mac Basics

Explore the OS X Screen  58

Tour the Dock  59

Start an Application  60

Switch Between Applications  62

Tour an Application Window  63

Select a Command from a Pull-Down Menu  64

Select a Command Using a Toolbar  65

Select Options with Dialog Controls  66

Save a Document  68

Open a Document  69

Print a Document  70

Edit Document Text  72

Copy a File  76

Move a File  77

Rename a File 78

Delete a File 79

Chapter 5 Listening to Music

Open and Close iTunes  82

Understanding the iTunes Library  84

Navigate the iTunes Window  85

Play a Song  86

Play a Music CD  88

Import Tracks from a Music CD  92

Create a Playlist 94

Burn Music Files to a CD  96

Edit Song Information  98

Purchase Music from the iTunes Store 100

Listen to an Internet Radio Station 102

Chapter 6 Viewing and Editing Photos

View a Preview of a Photo 106

View a Slide Show of Your Photos 108

Open and Close iPhoto 110

Import Photos from a Digital Camera 112

View Your Photos 114

Create an Album 116

Crop a Photo 118

Rotate a Photo 120

Straighten a Photo 122

Remove Red Eye from a Photo 124

Add Names to Faces in Your Photos 126

Map Your Photos 128

Email a Photo 130

Take Your Picture 132

Chapter 7 Working with Digital Video

Play a DVD Using DVD Player 136

Play Digital Video with QuickTime Player 138

Create a New Movie Project 140

Import a Video File 142

Add Video Clips to Your Project 144

Trim a Clip 146

Add a Transition Between Clips 148

Add a Photo 150

Add a Music Track 152

Record a Voiceover 154

Add Titles and Credits 156

Play the Movie 158

Publish Your Movie to YouTube 160

Chapter 8 Browsing the Web

Open and Close Safari 164

Select a Link 166

Enter a Web Page Address 167

Open a Web Page in a Tab 168

Navigate Web Pages 170

Navigate with the History List 172

Change Your Home Page 174

Bookmark Web Pages 176

Search for Sites 178

Chapter 9 Communicating with Your Mac

Open and Close Mail 182

Add an Email Account 184

Send an Email Message 186

Add a File Attachment 188

Add a Signature 190

Receive and Read Email Messages 192

Reply to a Message 194

Forward a Message 196

Open and Save an Attachment 198

Configure Messages 200

Send a Message 202

Sign In to FaceTime 204

Connect Through FaceTime 206

Chapter 10 Working with Contacts and Events

Open and Close Contacts 210

Add a New Contact 212

Edit a Contact 214

Create a Contact Group 216

Open and Close Calendar 218

Navigate the Calendar 220

Create an Event 222

Create a Repeating Event 224

Chapter 11 Learning Useful Mac Tasks

Install a Program Using the App Store 228

Write a Note 230

Pin a Note to the Desktop 232

Create a Reminder 234

Create a New Reminder List 236

Sign In to Your Twitter Account 238

Send a Tweet 240

Share Information with Other People 242

Work with the Notification Center 244

View the Mac Screen on Your TV 246

Chapter 12 Working with Your iCloud Account

Create an Apple ID 250

Sign In to iCloud 254

Set Up iCloud Synchronization 256

Send and Receive iCloud Mail 258

Work with iCloud Contacts 260

Manage Your Schedule with iCloud 262

Locate a Lost Mac, iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad 264

Chapter 13 Customizing Your Mac

Display System Preferences 268

Change the Desktop Background 270

Activate the Screen Saver 272

Set Your Mac’s Sleep Options 274

Change the Display Resolution 276

Create an App Folder in Launchpad 278

Add a User Account 280

Customize the Dock 282

Add an Icon to the Dock 284

Hide the Dock 286

Chapter 14 Networking with Your Mac

Understanding Networking 290

Connect to a Wireless Network 292

Connect to a Network Resource 294

Turn On File and Printer Sharing 296

Share a Folder 298

Share a Printer 300

Add a Shared Printer 302

Chapter 15 Maintaining Your Mac

Empty the Trash 306

Organize Your Desktop 307

Check Hard Drive Free Space 308

Uninstall Unused Applications 310

Set a Software Update Schedule 312

Update Software Manually 314

Force a Stuck Application to Close 316

Configure Time Machine Backups 318

Restore Files Using Time Machine 320

Recondition Your Mac Notebook Battery 322

Restart Your Mac 324

Index  326

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