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Teach Yourself VISUALLY OS X Yosemite

Teach Yourself VISUALLY OS X Yosemite

Paul McFedries

ISBN: 978-1-118-99127-5

Nov 2014

352 pages


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Take a guided tour of Yosemite to discover just how much your Mac can do

Teach Yourself VISUALLY OS X Yosemite is the perfect introduction to Apple's operating system. With clear, step-by-step instructions and plenty of rich visuals, this book walks you through the new OS X and demonstrates the essential tasks you need to know. You'll learn how to manipulate Preferences to customize your experience, make the most of your digital media, and streamline your workflow while having a little fun. You'll tour the Game Center, Messages, and Notifications, and get acquainted with Mission Control and the App Store. New Mac users will appreciate the straightforward instruction, while veteran users will enjoy getting up to speed on the latest features introduced or upgraded in Yosemite.

Yosemite is the latest incarnation of Apple's OS X, boasting elegant new visuals, several new features, and more seamless integration of Mac and iOS devices. If you use a Mac, you're going to want a guided tour that shows you just what Yosemite can do for you. Teach Yourself VISUALLY OS X Yosemite is your guide, from the fundamentals to the neat little tricks that make the Mac experience something far beyond computing.

  • Customize your Mac to better suit your workflow
  • Discover the newest updates to your favorite tools
  • Get to know your way around Mission Control and the App Store
  • Accomplish more in less time, and make the most of your Mac

Like any computer, your Mac is a tool. Like any tool, the more you know about it, the more you get out of it. Discover the beauty, simplicity, and sheer functionality that millions already enjoy – master your Mac with Teach Yourself VISUALLY OS X Yosemite.

Chapter 1 Learning Basic Program Tasks

Explore the OS X Screen 4

Tour the Dock 5

Start an Application 6

Start an Application Using Launchpad 8

Switch Between Applications 10

View Running Applications with Mission Control 11

Tour an Application Window 12

Run an Application Full Screen 13

Select a Command from a Pull-Down Menu 14

Select a Command Using a Toolbar 15

Select Options with Dialog Controls 16

Chapter 2 Learning Basic Document Tasks

Save a Document 20

Open a Document 21

Print a Document 22

Edit Document Text 24

Copy a File 28

Move a File 29

Rename a File 30

Delete a File 31

Open a Folder in a Tab 32

Chapter 3 Browsing the Web

Open a Link 36

Enter a Web Page Address 37

Open a Web Page in a Tab 38

Navigate Web Pages 40

Navigate with the History List 42

Change Your Home Page 44

Bookmark Web Pages 46

Search for Sites 48

Download a File 50

View Links Shared on Social Networks 52

Create a Web Page Reading List 54

Subscribe to a Website Feed 56

Chapter 4 Communicating via Email

Add an Email Account 60

Send an Email Message 62

Add a File Attachment 64

Annotate an Attachment 66

Add a Signature Block 68

Receive and Read Email Messages 70

Reply to a Message 72

Forward a Message 74

Open and Save an Attachment 76

Create a Mailbox for Saving Messages 78

Chapter 5 Talking via Messages and FaceTime

Configure Messages 82

Send a Message 84

Send a File in a Message 86

Sign In to FaceTime 88

Connect Through FaceTime 90

Chapter 6 Tracking Contacts and Events

Add a New Contact 94

Edit a Contact 96

Create a Contact Group 98

Navigate the Calendar 100

Create an Event 102

Create a Repeating Event 104

Send or Respond to an Event Invitation 106

Chapter 7 Playing and Organizing Music

Understanding the iTunes Library 110

Navigate the iTunes Window 111

Play a Song 112

Create a Playlist 114

Purchase Music from the iTunes Store 116

Apply Parental Controls 118

Subscribe to a Podcast 120

Chapter 8 Learning Useful OS X Tasks

Connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 124

Synchronize an iPod, iPhone, or iPad 126

Integrate OS X and Your iPhone or iPad 128

Enable Handoff in OS X 129

Install a Program Using the App Store 130

Write a Note 132

Pin a Note to the Desktop 134

Create a Reminder 136

Create a New Reminder List 138

Sign In to Your Facebook Account 140

Post to Facebook 142

Sign In to Your Twitter Account 144

Send a Tweet 146

Share Information with Other People 148

Work with the Notification Center 150

Organize Files with Tags 152

Search Files with Tags 154

Search for a Location 156

Get Directions to a Location 158

Search Your Mac 160

Install a Font 162

Chapter 9 Viewing and Editing Photos

View a Preview of a Photo 166

View a Slideshow of Your Photos 168

Import Photos from a Digital Camera 170

View Your Photos 172

Create an Album 174

Crop a Photo 176

Rotate a Photo 178

Straighten a Photo 180

Remove Red Eye from a Photo 182

Add Names to Faces in Your Photos 184

Map Your Photos 186

Email a Photo 188

Take Your Picture 190

Chapter 10 Playing and Creating Videos

Play a DVD Using DVD Player 194

Play Digital Video with QuickTime Player 196

Create a New Movie Project 198

Import a Video File 200

Add Video Clips to Your Project 202

Trim a Clip 204

Add a Transition Between Clips 206

Add a Photo 208

Add a Music Track 210

Record a Voiceover 212

Add Titles and Credits 214

Play the Movie 216

Publish Your Movie to YouTube 218

Chapter 11 Securing OS X

Change Your Password 222

Require a Password on Waking 224

Disable Automatic Logins 226

Configure App Downloads 228

Turn On the Firewall 230

Configure Location Services 232

Encrypt Your Data 234

Chapter 12 Customizing OS X

Display System Preferences 238

Change the Desktop Background 240

Activate the Screen Saver 242

Set Your Mac’s Sleep Options 244

Change the Display Resolution and Brightness 246

Create an App Folder in Launchpad 248

Add a User Account 250

Customize the Dock 252

Add an Icon to the Dock 254

Hide the Dock 256

Add a Widget to the Notification Center 258

Extend the Desktop Across Multiple Displays 260

Customize the Share Menu 262

Chapter 13 Maintaining OS X

Empty the Trash 266

Organize Your Desktop 267

Check Hard Drive Free Space 268

Uninstall Unused Applications 270

Force a Stuck Application to Close 272

Configure Time Machine Backups 274

Restore an Earlier Version of a File 276

Restore Files Using Time Machine 278

Recondition Your Mac Notebook Battery 280

Restart Your Mac 282

Chapter 14 Working with iCloud

Create an Apple ID 286

Sign In to iCloud 290

Set Up iCloud Synchronization 292

Set Up iCloud Keychain 294

Generate a Website Password 296

Send and Receive iCloud Mail 298

Work with iCloud Contacts 300

Manage Your Schedule with iCloud 302

Set Up Family Sharing 304

Locate and Lock a Lost Mac, iPod, iPhone, or iPad 306

Chapter 15 Networking with OS X

Understanding Networking 310

Connect a Bluetooth Device 312

Connect to a Wireless Network 316

Connect to a Network Resource 318

Turn On File and Printer Sharing 320

Share a Folder 322

Share a Printer 324

Add a Shared Printer 326

View OS X on Your TV 328

Index 330