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macOS Sierra For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-28065-1
480 pages
October 2016
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Your trusted tour guide to macOS Sierra

macOS is the engine that runs your Mac, so it's a good idea to know a bit about how it works. Fully updated to cover macOS Sierra, this long-time bestseller is the map you need to navigate Apple's operating system. Whether you're exploring macOS for the first time, looking for shortcuts to speed up common tasks, or trying to fix a common problem, macOS Sierra For Dummies provides easy-to-follow answers to all your questions.

Written by Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, a well-known tech columnist and Mac expert, this hands-on guide offers how-to information on the classic elements that help run Macs as well as timesaving tips on working with all the major changes that come with Sierra. The book begins with a plain-English explanation of the basics of the macOS desktop and goes on to cover everything from finding files faster, making the most of organization and communication tools, getting your Mac on a network, adding music, movies, and books, and so much more. In short: life with your Mac is about to get so much easier and more efficient!

  • Get acquainted with the newest and classic features of macOS Sierra
  • Discover shortcuts for saving time when working on your Mac
  • Learn how popular mobile tools like Siri and Apple Pay are now part of macOS
  • Use the latest creative and productivity tools that come with Sierra
  • Find helpful troubleshooting and safety tips

With the help of this bestselling guide, you'll learn not only how to do it, but how to do it better on macOS Sierra.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1: Introducing macOS Sierra: The Basics 5

CHAPTER 1: macOS Sierra 101 (Prerequisites: None) 7

CHAPTER 2: Desktop and Windows and Menus (Oh My!) 23

CHAPTER 3: What’s Up, Dock? 45

Part 2: Inside macOS Sierra (Or How Stuff Works) 63

CHAPTER 4: Delving Deeper into the Finder and Its Desktop 65

CHAPTER 5: Have It Your Way 97

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

CHAPTER 7: Comprehending the macOS Clipboard 159

Part 3: Getting Things Done in macOS Sierra 165

CHAPTER 8: Four Terrific Timesaving Tools 167

CHAPTER 9: Organizing Your Life 185

CHAPTER 10: Siri-ously! 201

CHAPTER 11: Maps Are Where It’s At 207

Part 4: Getting Along with Others in macOS Sierra 219

CHAPTER 12: (Inter)Networking 221

CHAPTER 13: Dealing with People 239

CHAPTER 14: Communicating with Mail and Messages 249

CHAPTER 15: Sharing Your Mac and Liking It 273

Part 5: Getting Creative in macOS Sierra 307

CHAPTER 16: The Musical Mac 309

CHAPTER 17: The Multimedia Mac 327

CHAPTER 18: Words and Letters 343

CHAPTER 19: Publish or Perish: The Fail-Safe Guide to Printing 353

Part 6: The Care and Feeding of macOS Sierra 367

CHAPTER 20: Features for the Way You Work 369

CHAPTER 21: Safety First: Backups and Other Security Issues 389

CHAPTER 22: Utility Chest 405

CHAPTER 23: Troubleshooting OS X 415

Part 7: The Part of Tens 427

CHAPTER 24: Ten (Or So) Ways to Speed Up Your Mac Experience 429

CHAPTER 25: Ten Great Websites for Mac Freaks 441

Index 447

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Author Information

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has penned the "Dr. Mac" column for the Houston Chronicle since 1996. He's a regular contributor to tech publications and author of more than 70 how-to books on topics including iPhone, iPad, Office for the Mac, and GarageBand.

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