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Easy OS X® Mountain Lion, Third Edition

Book Description

Easy OS X Mountain Lion teaches you the fundamentals of working with the OS X operating system as well as how to use many of the applications that come with your Mac.

See it done. Do it yourself. It’s that Easy! Fully illustrated steps with simple instructions guide you through each task, building the skills you need to master OS X Mountain Lion with ease. No need to feel intimidated--we’ll hold your hand every step of the way.

• Locate, purchase, and download applications using the Mac App Store
• Use Spotlight to instantly locate any file
• Chat with your friends online using audio and video
• Buy music online
• Use iPhoto to take control of your photo collection
• Share calendars with coworkers, family, and friends
• Use LaunchPad to start and organize any applications on your Mac
• Make your email organize itself
• Connect with friends who play the same games you do and compare scores
• Customize your desktop and icons
• Set up your own wireless network to share files, printers, and Internet access

Easy OS X Mountain Lion’s concise, easy-to-follow tasks get you up and running quickly, no matter what you want to do with your Mac.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Contents
  5. About the Author
  6. Dedication
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. We Want to hear From You!
  9. Reader Services
  10. It’s as Easy as 1-2-3
  11. Introduction to Easy OS X® Mountain Lion
  12. Chapter 1. Getting Started
    1. Mac OS X Desktop
    2. Touring the Desktop
    3. Restarting or Shutting Down the Mac
    4. Using the Dock
    5. Checking Your Notifications
    6. Using Contextual Menus
    7. Getting Help
    8. Moving and Resizing Windows
    9. Minimizing and Maximizing Windows
    10. Managing Multiple Windows
    11. Using Custom Spaces
    12. Setting Basic System Preferences
    13. Setting Up Your Internet Connection
    14. Connecting to Your ISP
    15. Using Universal Access
    16. Setting Up VoiceOver
  13. Chapter 2. Working with Disks, Folders, and Files
    1. Viewing Your Files and Folders
    2. Using Single-Window Mode
    3. Using Multi-Window Mode
    4. Using the Toolbar
    5. Customizing the Toolbar
    6. Using Different Folder Views
    7. Selecting Files
    8. Moving and Copying Files and Folders
    9. Making a New Folder
    10. Renaming Folders and Files
    11. Viewing File Information
    12. Previewing a File
    13. Opening a File
    14. Choosing a Program to Open a File
    15. Finding Files with Spotlight
    16. Creating a Smart Folder
    17. Creating a Burn Folder
    18. Accessing Your Favorite Files and Places
    19. Deleting a File
    20. Setting Up a Backup Drive
    21. Restoring Backed-Up Files
    22. Using the Go Menu
  14. Chapter 3. Installing and Using Applications
    1. Mac OS X Programs
    2. Installing Programs
    3. Shopping in the App Store
    4. Starting Applications with Launchpad
    5. Organizing Applications with Launchpad
    6. Using Apps in Full-Screen Mode
    7. Saving Files
    8. Writing with TextEdit
    9. Using the Font Panel
    10. Watching DVDs
    11. Using the Apple Remote
    12. Switching Programs with the Dock
    13. Hiding Programs
    14. Running Windows on Your Mac
  15. Chapter 4. Setting System Preferences
    1. The System Preferences Window
    2. Setting System Preferences
    3. Changing Your Alert Sound
    4. Changing Display Settings
    5. Changing the Mouse Speed
    6. Changing Keyboard Settings
    7. Setting Energy Saver Options
    8. Setting the Time and Date
    9. Adjusting the System Volume
    10. Setting Trackpad Preferences
    11. Monitoring Battery Use
  16. Chapter 5. Customizing Your Mac
    1. Taking Advantage of Custom Settings
    2. Moving the Dock Around
    3. Changing the Dock’s Size
    4. Customizing the Dock’s Behavior
    5. Changing the Way the Finder Works
    6. Changing Your Desktop Picture
    7. Changing Your Screen Saver
    8. Changing Your Login Icon
    9. Changing Your Mac’s Language
    10. Adding Login Items
    11. Increasing Your Mac’s Security
    12. Adding New Dashboard Widgets
    13. Making Your Own Widgets
    14. Creating Custom Network Locations
  17. Chapter 6. Organizing Your Life
    1. Working with Contacts and Schedules
    2. Adding Contacts
    3. Creating Groups of Contacts
    4. Creating a Smart Contact Group
    5. Exporting Contacts as vCards
    6. Importing a vCard
    7. Mapping a Contact’s Address
    8. Adding Reminders
    9. Making Notes
    10. Adding an Appointment to Your Calendar
    11. Modifying an Event in Your Calendar
    12. Switching Calendar Views in Calendar
    13. Setting Up an Event Alert
    14. Inviting Contacts to Events in Calendar
    15. Putting Contacts, Bookmarks, and Calendars Online
    16. Searching Calendars
    17. Subscribing to a Calendar
    18. Publishing a Calendar
    19. Syncing an iPad, iPod, or iPhone with Your Mac
  18. Chapter 7. Printing, Faxing, and Scanning
    1. Using Printers, Fax Modems, Scanners, and Fonts
    2. Setting Up a Printer
    3. Switching Printers
    4. Printing a Document
    5. Sending a Fax
    6. Using a Scanner
    7. Adding Fonts
    8. Organizing Fonts
  19. Chapter 8. Keeping in Touch
    1. Using Email and Chat
    2. Setting Up Email Accounts
    3. Sending Email with Mail
    4. Receiving Email with Mail
    5. Organizing Mailboxes
    6. Creating a Smart Mailbox
    7. Filtering Email in Mail
    8. Intercepting Spam in Mail
    9. Making Video Calls with FaceTime
    10. Getting an Apple ID for Chatting
    11. Using Messages with Other Services
    12. Sending Chat Messages
    13. Making Voice Calls
    14. Holding a Videoconference
    15. Applying Special Video Effects
  20. Chapter 9. Living Online
    1. Hanging Out on the Net
    2. Surfing in Safari
    3. Organizing Bookmarks
    4. Using the History in Safari
    5. Automatically Filling Out Forms
    6. Using Tabbed Browser Windows
    7. Searching Within a Web Page
    8. Viewing Web Pages in Reader Mode
    9. Saving Web Pages to Your Reading List
    10. Browsing Securely
    11. Sharing Web Pages with Your Friends
    12. Sharing from Anywhere
    13. Connecting with Game Center
    14. Storing Personal Data in iCloud
    15. Keeping Your Documents in iCloud
    16. Accessing Your Mac Remotely
    17. Controlling Kids’ Computer Use
  21. Chapter 10. Getting an iLife
    1. Managing Photos, Video, and Music
    2. Importing Photos into iPhoto
    3. Creating iPhoto Albums
    4. Printing Photos
    5. Sharing Photos Online
    6. Applying Fun Photo Effects
    7. Ripping Songs from a CD
    8. Making a New Playlist
    9. Burning a Music CD
    10. Buying Songs Through iTunes
    11. Renting Movies and TV Shows
    12. Subscribing to Audio and Video Podcasts
    13. Importing Video Footage into iMovie
    14. Inserting Transitions
    15. Saving a Movie
    16. Creating a New GarageBand Project
    17. Building a Song
    18. Exporting a Song
  22. Chapter 11. Sharing Your Mac with Multiple Users
    1. Account and Security Setup
    2. Creating and Deleting Users
    3. Making a User an Admin
    4. Logging In and Out
    5. Switching Users Without Logging Out
    6. Resetting Your Password
    7. Sharing Files with Other Users
  23. Chapter 12. Creating a Home Network
    1. Setting Up and Using a Network
    2. Joining a Wired Network
    3. Creating an AirPort Network
    4. Connecting to Networked Computers
    5. Moving Files with AirDrop
    6. Sharing Files on a Network
    7. Displaying Your Desktop on Apple TV
    8. Controlling Another Mac
    9. Searching Macs
    10. Sharing a Printer on a Network
    11. Sharing an Internet Connection
    12. Joining a Wi-Fi Network
  24. Chapter 13. Maintaining Your Mac
    1. Mac Maintenance and Repair Kit
    2. Guarding Against Malware
    3. Fixing Errors with Disk Utility
    4. Repairing the Startup Disk
    5. Updating Programs with the App Store
    6. Using the Date & Time Preferences
    7. Color Calibrating Your Monitor
    8. Forcing an Application to Quit
    9. Reformatting a Hard Disk
  25. Glossary
  26. Index
  27. Add Page