Skip to main content

Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS Sierra

Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS Sierra

Paul McFedries

ISBN: 978-1-119-30061-8 October 2016 352 Pages


In Stock



Get to know MacOS Sierra with this visual expert guide

Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS Sierra is your ideal guide to the new Mac operating system. Clear, step-by-step instructions walk you through setup, show you around, and help you get down to work—but first you'll have a little fun. Sierra brings Siri to the desktop, provides seamless access across devices, allows you to copy from one device and paste to another, and so much more. This guide takes you through the beautiful, functional, simplicity that is the macOS workflow, with straightforward explanations, step-by-step demonstration, and rich, easy-to-follow visuals. From essential everyday tasks to the specialized "tricks" you can only find on a Mac, you'll know Sierra inside-out in a flash.

Expert instruction is the key to getting the most out of any tool, and your Mac is a tool like no other. Connect, create, enjoy, and more with fewer clicks, fewer issues, and much less confusion than any other operating system. This book is your personal guide to exploring and using macOS Sierra.

  • Set up seamless contacts, email, and calendars, Messages, and FaceTime
  • Find your way around Mission Control, Launchpad, Dashboard, and Time Machine
  • Organize photos, video, movies, music, and files, on your Mac or in the cloud
  • Secure, customize, and maintain your Mac for flawless functionality

Get streamlined, get organized, and get going: macOS Sierra helps you work, play, and live better with features and capabilities designed for the way you operate. Teach Yourself VISUALLY macOS Sierra walks you through what you need to know to experience everything your Mac has to offer.

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

Mute a Web Page Tab 39

Display a Web Page Video as Picture‐in‐Picture 40

Search for Sites 41

Download a File 42

View Links Shared on Social Networks 44

Create a Web Page Reading List 46

Chapter 3 Communicating via Email

Add an Email Account 50

Send an Email Message 52

Add a File Attachment 54

Add a Signature Block 56

Receive and Read Email Messages 58

Reply to a Message 60

Forward a Message 62

Open and Save an Attachment 64

Create a Mailbox for Saving Messages 66

Add Events and Contacts from a Message 68

Process Messages Using Gestures 69

Chapter 4 Enhancing Online Privacy

Delete a Site from Your Browsing History 72

Prevent Websites from Tracking You 74

Remove Saved Website Data 76

Enable Private Browsing 78

Delete a Saved Website Password 80

Delete Saved Credit Card Data 82

Move Spam to the Junk Mailbox Automatically 84

Configure Advanced Junk Mail Filtering 86

Disable Remote Images 88

Chapter 5 Talking via Messages and FaceTime

Sign In to Messages 92

Send a Message 94

Send a File in a Message 96

Sign In to FaceTime 98

Connect Through FaceTime 100

Chapter 6 Tracking Contacts and Events

Add a New Contact .104

Edit a Contact .106

Create a Contact Group .108

Navigate the Calendar 110

Create an Event .112

Create a Repeating Event 114

Send or Respond to an Event Invitation

Chapter 7 Playing and Organizing Music

Understanding the iTunes Library .120

Navigate the iTunes Window 121

Play a Song .122

Create a Playlist 124

Purchase Music from the iTunes Store .126

Apply Parental Controls 128

Subscribe to a Podcast 130

Chapter 8 Learning Useful macOS Tasks

Integrate macOS and Your iPhone or iPad 134

Using Handoff to Switch Between a Device and macOS 136

Install a Program Using the App Store 138

Write a Note .140

Enhance Notes with Attachments .142

Create a Reminder 144

Create a New Reminder List .146

Work with the Notification Center 148

Organize Files with Tags .150

Search Files with Tags 152

Search for a Location .154

Get Directions to a Location 156

Install a Font 158

Access Non‐Keyboard Characters 160

Chapter 9 Connecting to Social Networks

Sign In to Your Facebook Account 164

Post to Facebook .166

Publish a Photos Album to Facebook .168

Sign In to Your Twitter Account .170

Send a Tweet 172

Connect to Your LinkedIn Account 174

Post to LinkedIn 176

Update Your Social Network Profile Picture 178

Connect to Your Flickr Account 180

Send Photos to Flickr .182

Set Up Your Vimeo Account .184

Send a Video to Vimeo 186

Share Information with Other People 188

Chapter 10 Viewing and Editing Photos and Videos

View a Preview of a Photo .192

View a Slideshow of Your Photos 194

Import Photos from a Digital Camera 196

View Your Photos .198

Create an Album 200

Crop a Photo .202

Rotate a Photo 204

Straighten a Photo .206

Remove Red Eye from a Photo 208

Add Names to Faces in Your Photos 210

Mark Your Favorite Photos .212

Set an Album’s Key Photo 213

Email a Photo 214

Take Your Picture .216

Play Digital Video with QuickTime Player .218

Chapter 11 Securing macOS

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

Enable the Guest User Account 234

Chapter 12 Customizing macOS

Display System Preferences 238

Change the Desktop Background 240

Set Your Mac’s Sleep Options .242

Change the Display Resolution and Brightness .244

Create an App Folder in Launchpad .246

Add a User Account 248

Customize the Dock 250

Add an Icon to the Dock .252

Hide the Dock .254

Add a Widget to the Notification Center 256

Extend the Desktop Across Multiple Displays 258

Customize the Share Menu 260

Chapter 13 Maintaining macOS

Empty the Trash 264

Organize Your Desktop 265

Check Hard Drive Free Space 266

Uninstall Unused Applications .268

Force a Stuck Application to Close 270

Configure Time Machine Backups 272

Restore an Earlier Version of a File .274

Restore Files Using Time Machine .276

Recondition Your Mac Notebook Battery 278

Restart Your Mac 280

Chapter 14 Working with iCloud

Create an Apple ID .284

Sign In to iCloud Online .288

Set Up iCloud Synchronization .290

Set Up iCloud Keychain .292

Generate a Website Password .294

Activate and Configure iCloud Drive 296

Access Your Desktop and Documents on Other Devices 298

Save and Open Documents Using 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