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Easy OS X® Mavericks

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Easy Mac OS X is the perfect companion for everyone who's bought a new Macintosh with the new OS X pre-installed, every Mac user who's upgrading to the newest version of OS X, and for the many new Mac users who've just switched from Windows. This full-color, utterly simple, step-by-step book has been carefully crafted to provide instant access to the tasks beginner-to-intermediate users need to master. Like all books in the Easy series, it's designed to teach visually; readers never have to work their way through lengthy text explanations. Here's just some of what readers will learn how to do:

  • Get on the Internet and make the most of the Mac's great web and communication tools

  • Install and use applications, printers, and scanners

  • Use OS X  powerful iLife media tools

  • Customize their Macs

  • Create home networks and share their Macs with multiple users

  • Organize their files, folders, disks - and their lives

  • Keep their Macs running reliably

  • Use the Cloud, Notification Center, Reminders, Gate Keeper, Messages, Notes and much more.

Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Contents
  6. About the Author
  7. Dedication
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. We Want to Hear from You!
  10. Reader Services
  11. It’s as Easy as 1-2-3
  12. Introduction to Easy OS X®Mavericks
  13. 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 Desktops
    12. Setting Basic System Preferences
    13. Setting Up Your Internet Connection
    14. Connecting to Your ISP
    15. Using Universal Access
    16. Setting Up VoiceOver
  14. 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. Using Tabbed Windows
    12. Accessing Your Favorite Files and Places
    13. Tagging Files with Categories
    14. Searching for Tagged Files
    15. Creating and Editing Tags
    16. Previewing a File
    17. Opening a File
    18. Viewing File Information
    19. Finding Files with Spotlight
    20. Creating a Smart Folder
    21. Setting Up Backup Drives
    22. Restoring Backed-Up Files
    23. Deleting a File
  15. 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. Switching Programs with the Dock
    12. Hiding Programs
  16. 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
  17. 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. Using Multiple Displays
    11. Sending Video to Apple TV
    12. Adding Login Items
    13. Increasing Your Mac’s Security
    14. Adding New Dashboard Widgets
    15. Making Your Own Widgets
  18. 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. Sharing Calendars with iCloud
    13. Setting Up an Event Alert
    14. Responding to Notifications
    15. Adding Custom Notifications
    16. Inviting Contacts to Events in Calendar
    17. Putting Contacts, Bookmarks, and Calendars Online
    18. Searching Calendars
    19. Getting Directions in Maps
    20. Using Different Views in Maps
    21. Sending Directions to Your iPhone
    22. Bookmarking Locations in Maps
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Chapter 9. Living Online
    1. Hanging Out on the Net
    2. Surfing in Safari
    3. Organizing Bookmarks
    4. Accessing Your Top Sites
    5. Using the History in Safari
    6. Using Tabbed Browser Windows
    7. Saving Your Passwords to iCloud
    8. Creating Strong Passwords
    9. Searching Within a Web Page
    10. Viewing Web Pages in Reader Mode
    11. Saving Web Pages to Your Reading List
    12. Browsing Securely
    13. Sharing Web Pages with Your Friends
    14. Sharing From Anywhere
    15. Connecting with Game Center
    16. Storing Personal Data in iCloud
    17. Keeping Your Documents in iCloud
    18. Controlling Kids’ Computer Use
  22. 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. Using iTunes Match
    9. Making a New Playlist
    10. Burning a Music CD
    11. Buying Songs Through iTunes
    12. Renting Movies and TV Shows
    13. Subscribing to Audio and Video Podcasts
    14. Reading in iBooks
    15. Buying Books for iBooks
    16. Taking Notes and Highlighting
    17. Importing Video Footage into iMovie
    18. Saving a Movie
    19. Sending Music to Your Stereo or TV
  23. 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
  24. Chapter 12. Creating a Home Network
    1. Setting Up and Using a Network
    2. Creating an Airport Network
    3. Joining a Wired Network
    4. Connecting to Networked Computers
    5. Moving Files with AirDrop
    6. Sharing Files on a Network
    7. Sharing Discs
    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
  25. 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
  26. Glossary
  27. Index