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MacBook For Dummies, 4th Edition

MacBook For Dummies, 4th Edition

Mark L. Chambers

ISBN: 978-1-118-23139-5

Nov 2012

456 pages


Get more out of your MacBook with the help of this savvy and easy Dummies guide

Lighter, faster, and way cooler, the new MacBooks put the power of a desktop into your hands anywhere. Mac expert Mark Chambers shows you how to personalize your Desktop, stay connected while on the road, make movies with iMovie, create and share photos and videos, compose your own music with GarageBand, build a website with iWeb, and much more.

Packed with coverage of the latest MacBook hardware including the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro plus OS X Mountain Lion, iCloud, iLife, and iWork, this new edition is completely revised and updated to let you in on all the secrets of the magnificent MacBook.

  • Features updated coverage of the latest MacBook devices, OS X Mountain Lion, iCloud, iLife, and iWork
  • Shows how to navigate with Mission Control and LaunchPad, sync everything with iCloud, and add some apps to your desktop experience
  • Explains how to customize the dock and desktop; connect from the road; take your music mobile; use iWeb, iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand; and get to work the Mac way with the iWork productivity suite
  • Gets readers acquainted with Multi-Touch gestures, Mail, and the Mac App Store

MacBook For Dummies, 4th Edition helps you make friends with your MacBook the fun and easy way!

Introduction 1

Part I: Tie Myself Down with a Desktop? Preposterous! 9

Chapter 1: Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need 11

Chapter 2: Turning On Your Portable Powerhouse 35

Chapter 3: The Laptop Owner’s Introduction to OS X 47

Part II: Shaking Hands with OS X  57

Chapter 4: Opening and Closing and Tapping and Such 59

Chapter 5: Getting to the Heart of Mountain Lion 81

Chapter 6: A Nerd’s Guide to System Preferences 97

Chapter 7: Sifting through Your Stuff 115

Chapter 8: Using Reminders, Notes, and Notifications 127

Part III: Connecting and Communicating 135

Chapter 9: Let’s Go on Safari! 137

Chapter 10: iCloud Is Made for MacBooks 155

Chapter 11: Your Laptop Goes Multiuser 161

Chapter 12: Working Well with Networks 181

Chapter 13: Spreading the Word with Messages and FaceTime 201

Part IV: Living the iLife  219

Chapter 14: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes 221

Chapter 15: The Masterpiece That Is iPhoto 247

Chapter 16: Making Film History with iMovie 271

Chapter 17: Recording Your Hits with GarageBand 293

Part V: Getting Productive with iWork 315

Chapter 18: Desktop Publishing with Pages 317

Chapter 19: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers 331

Chapter 20: Building Presentations with Keynote 347

Bonus Chapter 1: Putting Bluetooth to Work
Bonus Chapter 2: Running Windows on Your Mac