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Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS High Sierra



Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS High Sierra

Paul McFedries

ISBN: 978-1-119-47133-2 November 2017 352 Pages


Take a guided tour of macOS High Sierra and discover just how much your Mac can do

Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS High Sierra is the perfect introduction to Apple's operating system. With clear, step-by-step instructions and plenty of rich visuals, it walks you through the new macOS High Sierra 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 Photos, Messages, and Notifications, and get acquainted with Mission Control, the App Store, and Siri. 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 macOS High Sierra. 
 macOS High Sierra is the latest incarnation of Apple's macOS, 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 macOS can do for you. Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS High Sierra is your go-to guide, from the fundamentals to the neat little tricks that make the Mac experience something far beyond computing.


 •   Edit and enhance photos with the powerful new tools on the Photos app

•    Browse the web safely with Safari's new privacy features  

•    Share files quickly and easily using iCloud Drive

•    Use Siri to accomplish more in less time

Like any computer, your Mac is a tool. And 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—and get ready to master your Mac with Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS High Sierra.

Chapter 1 Learning Basic macOS Tasks

Start an Application 4

Start an Application Using Launchpad 6

Locate the Mouse Pointer 7

Switch Between Applications 8

View Running Applications with Mission Control 9

Run an Application Full Screen 10

Split the Screen with Two Applications 11

Search Your Mac 12

Voice‐Operate Your Mac with Siri 14

Save a Document 16

Open a Document 17

Print a Document 18

Copy a File 20

Move a File 21

Rename a File 22

Delete a File 23

Open a Folder in a Tab 24

Open a Document in a Tab 25

Chapter 2 Browsing the Web

Open a Web Page in a Tab 28

Navigate Web Pages 30

Navigate with the History List 32

Change Your Home Page 34

Bookmark Web Pages 36

Pin a Web Page Tab 38

Set the Default Zoom Level for a Website 39

Mute a Web Page Tab 40

Control Automatic Media Playback for a Website 41

Display a Web Page Video as Picture‐in‐Picture 42

Search for Sites 43

Download a File 44

View a Page Without Distracting Features 46

Create a Web Page Reading List 48

Chapter 3 Communicating via Email

Add an Email Account 52

Send an Email Message 54

Add a File Attachment 56

Add a Signature Block 58

Receive and Read Email Messages 60

Reply to a Message 62

Forward a Message 64

Open and Save an Attachment 66

Create a Mailbox for Saving Messages 68

Add Events and Contacts from a Message 70

Process Messages Using Gestures 71

Chapter 4 Enhancing Online Privacy

Delete a Site from Your Browsing History 74

Ask Websites Not to Track You 76

Install and Use a Content Blocker 78

Remove Saved Website Data 80

Enable Private Browsing 82

Delete a Saved Website Password 84

Delete Saved Credit Card Data 86

Move Spam to the Junk Mailbox Automatically 88

Configure Advanced Junk Mail Filtering 90

Disable Remote Images 92

Chapter 5 Talking via Messages and FaceTime

Sign In to Messages 96

Send a Message 98

Send a File in a Message 100

Sign In to FaceTime 102

Connect Through FaceTime 104

Chapter 6 Tracking Contacts and Events

Add a New Contact 108

Edit a Contact 110

Create a Contact Group 112

Navigate the Calendar 114

Create an Event 116

Create a Repeating Event 118

Send or Respond to an Event Invitation 120

Chapter 7 Playing and Organizing Music

Understanding the iTunes Library 124

Navigate the iTunes Window 125

Play a Song 126

Create a Playlist 128

Purchase Music from the iTunes Store 130

Apply Parental Controls 132

Subscribe to a Podcast 134

Chapter 8 Learning Useful macOS Tasks

Integrate macOS and Your iPhone or iPad 138

Using Handoff to Switch Between a Device and macOS 140

Install a Program Using the App Store 142

Write a Note 144

Enhance Notes with Attachments 146

Create a Reminder 148

Create a New Reminder List 150

Work with the Notification Center 152

Organize Files with Tags 154

Search Files with Tags 156

Search for a Location 158

Get Directions to a Location 160

Install a Font 162

Access Non‐Keyboard Characters 164

Chapter 9 Connecting to Social Networks

Sign In to Your Facebook Account 168

Post to Facebook 170

Publish a Photos Album to Facebook 172

Sign In to Your Twitter Account 174

Send a Tweet 176

Connect to Your LinkedIn Account 178

Post to LinkedIn 180

Update Your Social Network Profile Picture 182

Connect to Your Flickr Account 184

Send Photos to Flickr 186

Set Up Your Vimeo Account 188

Send a Video to Vimeo 190

Share Information with Other People 192

Chapter 10 Viewing and Editing Photos and Videos

View a Preview of a Photo 196

View a Slideshow of Your Photos 198

Import Photos from a Digital Camera 200

View Your Photos 202

Create an Album 204

Crop a Photo 206

Rotate a Photo 208

Enhance a Photo with a Filter 209

Straighten a Photo 210

Remove Red Eye from a Photo 212

Add Names to Faces in Your Photos 214

Mark Your Favorite Photos 216

Set an Album’s Key Photo 217

Email a Photo 218

Take Your Picture 220

Play Digital Video with QuickTime Player 222

Chapter 11 Securing macOS

Change Your Password 226

Require a Password on Waking 228

Disable Automatic Logins 230

Configure App Downloads 232

Turn On the Firewall 234

Configure Location Services 236

Enable the Guest User Account 238

Chapter 12 Customizing macOS

Display System Preferences 242

Change the Desktop Background 244

Set Your Mac’s Sleep Options 246

Change the Display Resolution and Brightness 248

Create an App Folder in Launchpad 250

Add a User Account 252

Customize the Dock 254

Add an Icon to the Dock 256

Hide the Dock 258

Add a Widget to the Notification Center 260

Extend the Desktop Across Multiple Displays 262

Customize the Share Menu 264

Customize Siri 266

Customize the Mouse and Trackpad 268

Chapter 13 Maintaining macOS

Empty the Trash 272

Organize Your Desktop 273

Check Hard Drive Free Space 274

Uninstall Unused Applications 276

Force a Stuck Application to Close 278

Configure Time Machine Backups 280

Restore an Earlier Version of a File 282

Restore Files Using Time Machine 284

Recondition Your Mac Notebook Battery 286

Restart Your Mac 288

Chapter 14 Working with iCloud

Create an Apple ID 292

Set Up iCloud Synchronization 296

Generate a Website Password 298

Activate and Configure iCloud Drive 300

Manage Your iCloud Storage 302

Set Up Family Sharing 304

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

Chapter 15 Networking with macOS

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 macOS on Your TV 328

Index 330