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MacBook For Dummies, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-15141-8
432 pages
November 2015
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Brush up on the next generation of MacBooks

Learning how to use a new laptop can be as challenging as trying to decipher ancient hieroglyphics—but don't let that intimidate you! MacBook For Dummies, 6th Edition is your straightforward guide to all things MacBook, including setting up and configuring your laptop, navigating your way around the desktop, familiarizing yourself with the operating system, working with files and folders, using the Finder and Finder Tabs, working with Dashboard, Mission Control, and Spaces, searching your computer with Spotlight, surfing the Internet with Safari, syncing your data with iCloud, communicating with friends and family with email, Messages, and FaceTime, discovering new apps, and creating and printing documents. Additionally, this approachable, yet comprehensive text offers insight into working with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and more.

MacBooks are incredibly popular for both their sleek, appealing hardware and easy to use, relevant software. Whether you're a PC convert or just want to brush up on the latest updates to the MacBook line, this helpful book gets you started in a snap.

  • Get up and running on your new MacBook by starting with the basics
  • Share and protect your data with insight regarding networking, sharing access and information, connecting with wireless devices, backing up and restoring your files, and troubleshooting common problems
  • Satisfy your hunger for entertainment with iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand
  • Explore both your MacBook's hardware and software, including the latest operating system, iLife, and iWork versions

MacBook For Dummies, 6th Edition takes you on a tour of your next-generation MacBook, offering you the information you need to get your new laptop up and running.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Tie Myself Down with a Desktop? Preposterous! 7

Chapter 1: Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need 9

Chapter 2: Turning On Your Portable Powerhouse 33

Chapter 3: The MacBook Owner’s Introduction to OS X El Capitan 45

Part II: Shaking Hands with OS X El Capitan 87

Chapter 4: What’s New in OS X El Capitan? 89

Chapter 5: A Nerd’s Guide to System Preferences 97

Chapter 6: Sifting Through Your Stuff 117

Chapter 7: Using Reminders, Notes, Notifications, and Maps 127

Part III: Connecting and Communicating 139

Chapter 8: Let’s Go on Safari! 141

Chapter 9: iCloud Is Made for MacBooks 161

Chapter 10: Your Laptop Goes Multiuser 167

Chapter 11: Working Well with Networks 187

Part IV: Living the iLife 209

Chapter 12: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes 211

Chapter 13: Focusing on Photos 237

Chapter 14: Making Film History with iMovie 261

Chapter 15: Recording Your Hits with GarageBand 281

Part V: Getting Productive and Maintaining Your MacBook 299

Chapter 16: Desktop Publishing with Pages 301

Chapter 17: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers 313

Chapter 18: Building Presentations with Keynote 329

Chapter 19: When Good Mac Laptops Go Bad 341

Chapter 20: Adding New Stuff to Your Laptop 355

Chapter 21: Tackling the Housekeeping 367

Part VI: The Part of Tens 381

Chapter 22: Top Ten Laptop Rules to Follow 383

Chapter 23: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague 391

Index 399

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Author Information

Mark L. Chambers has been an author, computer consultant, programmer, hardware technician, and unabashed Mac aficionado for over 30 years. He has written more than 30 computer books, including MacBook For Dummies, 5th Edition, Macs For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition, and iMac For Dummies, 8th Edition.

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