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Make the most of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion!

Updated April 19, 2013

Learn to function effectively with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, whether you want to embrace recently added features (such as Notifications, Launchpad, gestures, and Mission Control) or want to strike a balance between old and new options. Most importantly, you'll get a thorough grounding in Mountain Lion's new "modern document model" that gives you three ways to save documents: the old way, the new way, or the new way with iCloud.

Written by Mac expert and former professor Matt Neuburg, this ebook also discusses how you can tweak Mountain Lion to best meet your needs--with details on customizing the menu bar, Finder windows, Dock, Launchpad--and much more.You'll become comfortable with these important Mountain Lion features:

  • Notifications: Learn how to view, organize, and control your notifications--so that they don't control you!
  • Gatekeeper: Understand the new Gatekeeper security system, and how you can bypass it when necessary.
  • Resume: Enjoy the Resume feature that re-opens applications and windows when you restart your Mac or relaunch a program. Or learn how to shut it off.
  • Auto Save: Some applications don't have Save commands in Mountain Lion! Learn how to save if you need to, and what to do if OS X saves something you don't want.
  • iCloud: Read what Matt thinks is interesting about iCloud, plus come to a full understanding of how to work with Documents in the Cloud in OS X--including how to handle the new Open dialog.
  • Window management: Get help with resizing your windows, find out about full-screen mode, and go way beyond the basics with Mission Control and desktop spaces.
  • Gestures: If you have a trackpad or Magic Mouse, get ready for more gestures in Mountain Lion!

You'll learn how handle these core customizations:

  • Menu bar: Enable (or disable) menu icons at the right side of the menu bar, and locate the elusive checkbox for making the menu bar look solid.
  • Finder windows: Set up the default Finder window in a smart way that suits your needs.
  • Dock: Take control of your Dock's appearance, location, and contents.
  • Launchpad: Move and remove items in Launchpad--a close cousin to the iOS Home screen--and make "folders" that contain multiple apps.
  • Screen: Calibrate your screen so it looks good to you, and learn how to make choppy text look smoother.
  • Desktop: Set which elements appear on the Desktop, and pick a custom background image.

Plus you'll find the answers to these customization-related questions:

  • How do I turn off notification banners and alerts, for all my applications, all at once?
  • Where did my scrollbars go?
  • How do I make the text in my Finder window sidebar larger?
  • How do I change the size of my mouse pointer icon?
  • How do I create a custom keyboard shortcut for a menu item?

Chockablock with information, the ebook also teaches you how to:

  • Activate the new Voice Dictation feature.
  • Issue the nifty keyboard shortcut for the handy Accessibility Options dialog.
  • Find missing or deeply buried files quickly.
  • Enter accented characters--or type in a different language!
  • Install, delete, and organize fonts.
  • Let your fingers do the walking by choosing menu items with the keyboard.
  • Type a shortcut to "spring" open a closed folder while dragging a file onto it.
  • Set up a new user account--and limit its powers.
  • Zoom with picture-in-a-picture.
  • Find your hidden user Library--and keep it found.
  • ...and much more!

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in This Edition
    4. What’s New in Version 1.2
  2. Introduction
  3. Mountain Lion Quick Start
  4. Know What’s New
    1. Notifications
    2. Auto Save
    3. Resume
    4. Window Changes
    5. Finder Changes
    6. iCloud Integration
    7. Improved Open and Save Dialogs
    8. Interface Tweaks
    9. Launchpad
    10. System Preferences and Dock
    11. New and Altered Applications
    12. And Some Other Things
    13. Under the Hood
  5. Straighten Out Your System Preferences
    1. Find a Preference Pane
    2. Customize the Main Preference Pane
  6. Dominate the Dock
    1. How the Dock Works
    2. Customize Dock Contents
    3. Set Dock Preferences
    4. Set Stack Preferences
  7. Guard the Gates
    1. Understand Sandboxing and Code Signing
    2. Work with Gatekeeper
  8. Configure the Cloud
    1. Why Use iCloud?
    2. Turn On iCloud
  9. Notice Notifications
    1. Understand Notifications
    2. Set Up Notifications
  10. Wash Your Windows
    1. Survey Your Scrollbars
    2. Resize Efficiently, Lose the Lozenge
    3. Get Ready for Resume
    4. Meet Mission Control
    5. Manage Spaces
    6. Make Full-Screen Windows
    7. Dominate Dashboard
    8. Consider Third-Party Window Management
  11. Handle the Hierarchy
    1. Configure a Finder Window
    2. Peek with Quick Look and Cover Flow
    3. Scope Out Springing Folders
    4. Copy and Paste in the Finder
    5. Set Up the Desktop
    6. Use the Finder Sidebar
    7. Customize Your Finder Toolbar
    8. Tweak Your Open and Save Dialogs
    9. Store Files in the Cloud
    10. Jump with Spotlight
    11. Remember about Recent Documents
    12. Adopt a Launcher
  12. Stop Saving
    1. Meet the Modern Document Model
    2. Work with Documents
    3. Handle Regret
  13. Master the Mouse, Control the Keyboard
    1. Trick Out Your Mouse or Trackpad
    2. Modify Your Modifiers
    3. Mouse Less, Keyboard More
    4. Fix Your Fn Key
    5. Talk to Type
  14. Fix Your Fonts
    1. Know Why Font Management Is Needed
    2. Customize Collections
    3. Disable Fonts
    4. More Fun With Font Book
  15. Tackle Your Text
    1. Set Up Text Behavior
    2. Understand the Input Menu
    3. Enable the Input Menu
    4. Use the Input Menu
    5. Learn Which Fonts Contain Which Characters
  16. Ease Your Eyeballs
    1. Calibrate Your Screen
    2. Smooth Your Text
    3. Take a Closer Look
    4. Grow the Cursor
    5. Learn about Other Seeing Tricks
    6. Have the Mac Read Your Text
    7. Have the Mac Read the Interface
  17. Customize Status Menus
    1. Show Status Menus
    2. Manage Status Menus
    3. Overview of Status Menus
  18. Explore Miscellaneous Features
    1. Activate AirPlay
    2. Set Up Login Items
    3. Make a New User
    4. Limit User Powers
    5. Make the Menu Bar Opaque
    6. Survey Your Services
  19. Keep Using Mountain Lion
  20. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  21. Copyright and Fine Print
  22. Featured Titles