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OS X Mountain Lion Simplified

ISBN: 978-1-118-40141-5
264 pages
October 2012
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The easy way for visual learners to get up to speed on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion is the latest version of the Mac desktop operating system, offering great new features for millions of users. If you're switching to a Mac, upgrading from an earlier OS, or just getting started with computers, Mac OS X Mountain Lion Simplified provides all information you need in the simplest way possible. Tasks are presented in spreads with step-by-step instructions and full color illustrations, showing you exactly how things work, without the long-winded explanations.

Discover exciting new OS X Mountain Lion features, such as Game Center, Messages, and Notifications--and also get up to speed on the basics, such as how to work with files, customize your computer, use fun photo and movies apps, and much more.

  • Covers the newest version of the Mac operating system, Mac OS X Mountain Lion
  • Offers learners a visual way to get up to speed on Mac OS X Mountain Lion, using step-by-step instruct ions illustrated with full-color screen shots that show exactly what each step looks like
  • Explains OS X and Mac computer basics, as well as exciting new OS X Mountain Lion features, such as Game Center, Messages, and Notifications

If you learn best when you can see exactly how something is done, Mac OS X Mountain Lion Simplified is the perfect guide for you.

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Chapter 1 Reviewing What You Can Do with OS X

Create Documents 4

Play and Record Music 6

View and Organize Your Photos 8

Play and Make a Movie or Slide Show 10

Take Advantage of the Web  12

Communicate with Others   14

Organize Your Contacts and Appointments            16

Chapter 2. Learning Basic OS X Program Tasks

Explore the OS X Screen   20

Tour the Dock  21

Start an Application  22

Start an Application Using Launchpad24

Switch Between Applications  26

View Running Applications with Mission Control          27

Tour an Application Window  28

Run an Application Full Screen 29

Select a Command from a Pull-Down Menu            30

Select a Command Using a Toolbar  31

Select Options with Dialog Controls 32

Chapter 3. Learning Basic OS X Document Tasks

Save a Document  36

Open a Document37

Print a Document 38

Edit Document Text 40

Copy a File    44

Move a File    45

Rename a File   46

Delete a File    47

Chapter 4. Browsing the World Wide Web

Open and Close Safari     50

Select a Link    52

Enter a Web Page Address   53

Open a Web Page in a Tab   54

Navigate Web Pages 56

Navigate with the History List 58

Change Your Home Page   60

Bookmark Web Pages     62

Search for Sites  64

Download a File  66

Chapter 5. Communicating via E-mail

Open and Close Mail 70

Add an E-mail Account    72

Send an E-mail Message    74

Add a File Attachment     76

Add a Signature  78

Receive and Read E-mail Messages  80

Reply to a Message  82

Forward a Message  84

Open and Save an Attachment 86

Create a Mailbox for Saving Messages              88

Chapter 6. Talking via Messages and FaceTime

Configure Messages  92

Send a Message  94

Send a File in a Message   96

Open and Close FaceTime   98

Sign In to FaceTime 100

Connect Through FaceTime  102

Chapter 7. Tracking Your Contacts and Events

Open and Close Contacts   106

Add a New Contact 108

Edit a Contact  110

Create a Contact Group   112

Open and Close Calendar   114

Navigate the Calendar    116

Create an Event  118

Create a Repeating Event   120

Chapter 8. Playing and Organizing Music

Open and Close iTunes    124

Understanding the iTunes Library 126

Navigate the iTunes Window 127

Play a Song    128

Play a Music CD 130

Import Tracks from a Music CD  134

Create a Playlist  136

Burn Music Files to a CD  138

Purchase Music from the iTunes Store              140

Chapter 9. Learning Useful OS X Tasks

Connect an iPod, iPhone, or iPad  144

Synchronize an iPod, iPhone, or iPad              146

Install a Program Using the App Store              150

Write a Note   152

Pin a Note to the Desktop  154

Create a Reminder 156

Create a New Reminder List 158

Sign In to Your Twitter Account  160

Send a Tweet   162

Share Information with Other People             164

Work with the Notification Center 166

Connect to a Wireless Network  168

Chater 10. Viewing and Editing Photos

View a Preview of a Photo  172

View a Slide Show of Your Photos  174

Open and Close iPhoto    176

Import Photos from a Digital Camera              178

View Your Photos  180

Create an Album 182

Crop a Photo   184

Rotate a Photo 186

Straighten a Photo  188

Remove Red Eye from a Photo   190

Add Names to Faces in Your Photos              192

Map Your Photos194

E-mail a Photo  196

Take Your Picture  198

Chapter 11. Playing and Creating Digital Video

Play a DVD Using DVD Player   202

Play Digital Video with QuickTime Player            204

Create a New Movie Project 206

Import a Video File 208

Add Video Clips to Your Project  210

Trim a Clip    212

Add a Transition between Clips   214

Add a Photo   216

Add a Music Track  218

Record a Voiceover220

Add Titles and Credits   222

Play the Movie  224

Publish Your Movie to YouTube  226

Chapter 12. Customizing OS X to Suit Your Style

Display System Preferences 230

Change the Desktop Background  232

Activate the Screen Saver   234

Set Your Mac’s Sleep Options236

Change the Display Resolution   238

Create an App Folder in Launchpad 240

Add a User Account     242


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