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OS X Mountain Lion For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-39418-2
480 pages
August 2012
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Tame your Mountain Lion, the "Dr. Mac" way

Author Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is a Mac guru and one of the world's leading authorities on all things Apple, so when he talks OS X Mountain Lion, people listen. Now you can learn how to get the most out of OS X Mountain Lion with the latest edition of this bestselling guide to OS X. Whether you're learning your way around your first Mac or just updating your OS, you'll unleash the power of OS X Mountain Lion with this friendly, full-color guide to Apple's new operating system.

  • Covers OS X basics, including working with the Dock, Launchpad, and Mission Control; setting up your e-mail; surfing the web with Safari; organizing your files; navigating with multi-touch gestures; managing your contacts and calendars; connecting a printer; and printing documents
  • Walks you through the new-to-OS-X features, such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Notification Center, Power Nap, Dictation, Twitter and Facebook integration, Game Center, and Gatekeeper
  • Gets you up and running with iTunes and the latest apps from the Mac App Store and shows you how to enjoy music, movies, DVDs, and digital photos on your Mac
  • Provides troubleshooting tips, advice on customizing and maintaining your Mac, and keeping your information safe with Time Machine

OS X Mountain Lion For Dummies is the perfect guide to help you reach the peak of this exciting new operating system.

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Introduction  1

Part I: Introducing OS X Mountain Lion: The Basics  7

Chapter 1: OS X Mountain Lion 101 (Prerequisites: None) 9

Chapter 2: The Desktop and Windows and Menus (Oh My)! 25

Chapter 3: Have It Your Way 47

Chapter 4: What’s Up, Dock? 69

Chapter 5: The Finder and Its Desktop 87

Part II: Mountain Lion Taming (Or “Organization for Smart People”)  119

Chapter 6: The Care and Feeding of Files and Folders 121

Chapter 7: Four Terrifi c Timesaving Tools 163

Chapter 8: Dealing with Disks 183

Chapter 9: Organizing Your Life 193

Part III: Do Unto Mountain Lion: Getting Things Done  209

Chapter 10: Internet-Working 211

Chapter 11: Communications Made Easy 227

Chapter 12: The Musical Mac 257

Chapter 13: The Multimedia Mac 273

Chapter 14: Words and Letters 285

Part IV: Making This Mountain Lion Your Very Own  295

Chapter 15: Publish or Perish: The Fail-Safe Guide to Printing 297

Chapter 16: Sharing Your Mac and Liking It 313

Chapter 17: Features for the Way You Work 347

Part V: The Care and Feeding of Your Mountain Lion  369

Chapter 18: Safety First: Backups and Other Security Issues 371

Chapter 19: Utility Chest 387

Chapter 20: Troubleshooting OS X 399

Part VI: The Part of Tens  409

Chapter 21: Almost Ten Ways to Speed Up Your Mac Experience 411

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Make Your Mac Better by Throwing Money at It 421

Chapter 23: Ten (Or So) Great Websites for Mac Freaks 427

Appendix: Installing or Reinstalling OS X Mountain Lion (Only If You Have To) 435

Index  441

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Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is among the world's leading authorities on the iPad, iPhone, and OS X. He's been one of the Mac community's most trusted gurus for more than 25 years and has written or cowritten more than 60 books. He is also a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer.

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