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Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac, 3rd Edition

Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac, 3rd Edition

Guy Hart-Davis

ISBN: 978-1-118-76835-8

Apr 2014

384 pages


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This fully updated guide helps you get the most from your iMac

As the iMac continues to evolve and become more sophisticated, this full-color, step-by-step guide becomes more and more essential. Veteran author Guy Hart-Davis guides you through everything you need to know about the capabilities and features of the iMac and the latest OS. Helpful screenshots and illustrations walk you through the multi-media features offered by the iMac line, including how to surf the web with Safari, using iCal to track appointments, and sync and control your iOS devices. Plus, straightforward instructions and easy-to-follow guidance walk you through the many possibilities of this amazing machine.

  • Gets you comfortable with getting up and running with a customized desktop, working with the OS, working with e-mail, and troubleshooting, and maintenance
  • Zeroes in on editing photos in iPhoto, creating award winning home movies with iMovie, and connecting all the amazing iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads
  • Demonstrates how to browse the web with Safari, use iCal to track appointments, and what to do if something should ever go wrong with your iMac

For visual learners who want a straight forward "show me, don't tell me why" approach to learning about iMacs, this colorful, easy-to-follow guide is ideal.

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Your iMac

Set Up Your iMac and User Account 4

Start Your iMac and Log In 8

Connect to a Wired Network 10

Connect to a Wireless Network 12

Set Up iCloud and iCloud Keychain 14

Set Up Your Social Networking Accounts 16

Connect a Printer 18

Connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod 20

Connect External Drives 22

Give Commands 24

Open, Close, Minimize, and Hide Windows 26

Using Notifications 28

Put Your iMac to Sleep and Wake It Up 30

Log Out, Shut Down, and Resume 32

Chapter 2 Sharing Your iMac with Others

Create a User Account 36

Configure Your iMac for Multiple Users 38

Share Your iMac with Fast User Switching 40

Turn On Parental Controls for an Account 42

Choose What Apps a User Can Run 44

Limit Website Access for a User 46

Limit E-Mail, Chat, and Game Center Access 48

Set Time Limits for a User 50

Apply Other Restrictions to a User 52

Review a Managed User’s Actions 54

Chapter 3 Running Apps

Open and Close an App 58

Install an App from the App Store 60

Install an App from a Disc or the Internet 62

Run an App Full Screen 64

Switch Quickly Among Apps 66

Switch Apps Using Mission Control 68

Set Up Dictation and Text to Speech 70

Using Dictation and Text to Speech 72

Remove Apps 74

Identify Problem Apps 76

Force a Crashed App to Quit 78

Revert to an Earlier Version of a Document 80

Chapter 4 Managing Your Files and Folders

Understanding Where to Store Files 84

Using the Finder’s Views 86

Work with Tabbed Finder Windows 88

View a File with Quick Look 90

Search for a File or Folder 92

Create a New Folder 94

Copy a File 96

Move a File 98

Rename a File or Folder 100

View the Information About a File or Folder 102

Organize Your Files with Tags 104

Compress Files 106

Burn Files to a CD or DVD 108

Erase a CD or DVD 110

Using the Trash 112

Chapter 5 Surfing the Web

Open a Web Page 116

Follow a Link to a Web Page 117

Open Several Web Pages at the Same Time 118

Navigate Among Web Pages 120

Return to a Recently Visited Page 122

Change Your Home Page 124

Create Bookmarks for Web Pages 126

Maintain a Reading List 128

Share Web Pages with Other People 130

Follow Links Others Share with You 132

Find Interesting Web Pages 134

Download a File 136

Select Essential Security Settings 138

Chapter 6 Sending and Receiving E-Mail

Set Up Your E-Mail Accounts 142

Send an E-Mail Message 144

Send an E-Mail Message Using Stationery 146

Receive and Read Your Messages 148

Reply to a Message 150

Forward a Message 152

Send a File via E-Mail 154

Receive a File via E-Mail 156

View E-Mail Messages by Conversations 158

Reduce the Amount of Spam in Your Inbox 160

Chapter 7 Chatting with Messages and FaceTime

Set Up Messages 164

Chat with a Buddy 166

Send and Receive Files with Messages 168

Set Up FaceTime 170

Make and Receive FaceTime Calls 172

Chapter 8 Organizing Your Life

Navigate the Calendar App 176

Create a New Calendar 178

Create an Event 180

Share a Calendar 182

Subscribe to a Published Calendar 184

Add a Contact 186

Change a Contact’s Information 188

Organize Contacts into Groups 190

Create Notes 192

Keep Track of Tasks with Reminders 194

Find Directions with Maps 196

Explore with Maps 198

Chapter 9 Enjoying Music, Video, and Books

Set Up Home Sharing 202

Add Your Music to iTunes 204

Buy Songs Online 206

Play Songs 208

Play Videos 210

Create Playlists 212

Create Smart Playlists 214

Create a Custom CD 216

Listen to iTunes Radio and Internet Radio 218

Enjoy Podcasts 220

Add E-Books to iBooks and Read Them 222

Buy Books on the iBooks Store 224

Chapter 10 Making the Most of Your Photos

Import Photos 228

Browse Your Photos 230

Crop a Photo 234

Rotate or Straighten a Photo 236

Remove Red-Eye 238

Improve a Photo’s Colors 240

Add Effects to Photos 242

Sort Photos into Events 244

Create Photo Albums 246

Create and Play Slideshows 248

Identify Faces in Photos 252

E-Mail a Photo 254

Take Photos or Videos of Yourself 256

Chapter 11 Creating Your Own Movies

Import Video from a Camcorder or iOS Device 260

Import Video from a Digital Camera 262

Import Video Files from Your iMac 264

Create a Movie Project 266

Select Video Clips 268

Build Your Movie Project 270

Add Transitions 272

Add Still Photos 274

Create a Soundtrack 276

Add Titles and Credits 278

Share the Movie Online 280

Chapter 12 Customizing Your iMac

Change the Desktop Background 284

Set Up a Screen Saver 286

Customize the Dock 288

Add or Remove Desktop Spaces 290

Set Up Hot Corners 292

Add a Second Display 294

Configure Your Keyboard 296

Configure Your Mouse or Trackpad 298

Make the Screen Easier to See 300

Customize Spotlight Searches 302

Run Apps at Login 304

Put Your iMac to Sleep 306

Control Checking for Software Updates 308

Chapter 13 Networking and Protecting Your iMac

Transfer Files Using AirDrop 312

Connect to a Shared Folder 314

Share a Folder 316

Connect to a Shared Printer 318

Share Your iMac’s Printer 320

Connect Remotely via Back to My Mac 322

Install Antivirus Software 326

Scan for Viruses 328

Turn Off Automatic Login 330

Tighten the Firewall’s Security 332

Recognize and Avoid Phishing Attacks 334

Chapter 14 Troubleshooting Your iMac

Using OS X’s Help System 338

Reclaim Space by Emptying the Trash 340

Keep Your iMac Current with Updates 342

Back Up Your Files 344

Recover Files from Backup 346

Recover When OS X Crashes 348

Troubleshoot Corrupt Preference Files 350

Troubleshoot Disk Permission Errors 352

Repair Your iMac’s Hard Drive 354

Reinstall OS X to Solve Severe Problems 356

Index 358