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iMac For Dummies, 8th Edition

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Do it all with your iMac and this bestselling For Dummies guide!

You're still a little giddy from finally scoring your new iMac, and you can't wait to get started. Even if you're already in love with your iMac, it helps to have a little guidance to really get the most out of this ultimate all-in-one computer. This updated edition of iMac For Dummies is the ideal way to learn the iMac fundamentals from setting up and personalizing your machine to importing files, making FaceTime video calls, surfing the web, using your favorite programs and apps, and everything in between.

Trusted Mac guru Mark L. Chambers guides you through the latest iMac features and explains how to navigate OS X, work with files and folders, back up your important stuff with iCloud, add apps from the Mac App Store, get creative with iLife and iWork applications, and tons more.

  • Shows you how to find your way around the Mac desktop, customize OS X, and use cool tools like Finder, Finder Tabs, Mission Control, and Spaces

  • Explains how to set up your e-mail, use Messages, video chat with FaceTime, create iTunes playlists, and integrate your iMac with other iOS devices

  • Covers crunching data with Numbers, dressing up your documents with Pages, adding punch to your presentations with Keynote, organize your images with iPhoto, make music with GarageBand, unleash your creative spirit with iMovie, and more

  • Includes tips for connecting to a network, creating user profiles, adding accessories, troubleshooting common issues, and expanding your iMac for your needs

  • Whatever you can dream up, it's all possible with iMac and a little help from iMac For Dummies, 8th Edition!

    Table of Contents

      1. Introduction
        1. Foolish Assumptions
        2. About This Book
        3. Icons Used in This Book
        4. Beyond the Book
        5. Where to Go from Here
      2. Part I: Know Your iMac
        1. Chapter 1: Okay, This Machine Looks Really, Really Weird
          1. An Introduction to the Beast
            1. Major parts of your major appliance
            2. Important Hidden Stuff
          2. Choosing a Home for Your New Pet
            1. Picking the right location
            2. Considering the convenience factor
          3. Unpacking and Connecting
            1. Unpacking your iMac For Dummies
            2. Connecting cables like a true nerd
          4. Discovering All the Cool Things You Can Do
            1. What software do I get?
            2. Looking forward to fun on the Internet
            3. Applications that rock
            4. Would you like to play a game?
          5. Stuff You Oughta Buy Right Now
        2. Chapter 2: Life! Give My iMac Life!
          1. Throwing the Big Leaf Switch
          2. Mark’s Favorite Signs of a Healthy iMac
          3. Harriet, It’s Already Asking Me Questions!
            1. Setting up OS X Mavericks
            2. Registering your iMac
          4. Importing Documents and Data from Your Old Mac
          5. Manually Importing Documents and Data from Windows
        3. Chapter 3: Introducing the Apple of Your iMac
          1. A Quick Tour of the Premises
            1. The Mavericks Desktop
            2. What’s going on underneath?
            3. Similarities with that Windows behemoth
          2. Calling for Help
            1. The Mavericks built-in Help Center
            2. The Apple web-based support center
            3. Magazines
            4. Mac support websites
            5. Local Mac user groups
      3. Part II: Shaking Hands with Mac OS X
        1. Chapter 4: Opening and Closing and Clicking and Such
          1. Working within the Finder
          2. Pointing in a Mac World
          3. Launching and Quitting for the Lazy iMac Owner
          4. Juggling Folders and Icons
            1. A field observer’s guide to icons
            2. Selecting items
            3. Copying items
            4. Moving things from place to place
            5. Duplicating in a jiffy
          5. Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts to Fame and Fortune
            1. Special keys on the keyboard
            2. Using Finder and application keyboard shortcuts
          6. Performing Tricks with Finder Windows
            1. Scrolling in and resizing windows
            2. Minimizing and restoring windows
            3. Moving and zooming windows
            4. Closing windows
            5. Using Finder Tabs
        2. Chapter 5: A Plethora of Powerful Fun
          1. Home, Sweet Home Folder
          2. Arranging Your Desktop
          3. Putting the Dock to the Test
            1. Adding Dock icons
            2. Removing Dock icons
            3. Using Dock icon menus
          4. What’s with the Trash?
          5. Working Magic with Dashboard, Mission Control, and Spaces
            1. Using Dashboard
            2. Switching between apps with Mission Control
            3. Switching between desktops with Spaces
          6. Printing within OS X
        3. Chapter 6: A Nerd’s Guide to System Preferences
          1. A Not-So-Confusing Introduction
          2. Searching for Settings
          3. Popular Preference Panes Explained
            1. The Displays pane
            2. The Desktop & Screen Saver pane
            3. The Mission Control pane
            4. The General pane
            5. The Energy Saver pane
            6. The Dock pane
            7. The Sharing pane
            8. The Time Machine pane
        4. Chapter 7: Searching amidst iMac Chaos
          1. Doing a Basic Search
          2. How Cool Is That!? Discovering What Spotlight Can Do
          3. Expanding Your Search Horizons
          4. Customizing Spotlight to Your Taste
        5. Chapter 8: Using Reminders, Notes, and Notifications
          1. Remind Me to Use Reminders
          2. Taking Notes the Mavericks Way
          3. Staying Current with Notification Center
        6. Chapter 9: Keeping Track with Contacts and Maps
          1. Hey, Isn’t Contacts Just a Part of Mail?
          2. Entering Contact Information
          3. Using Contact Information
          4. Arranging Your Contact Cards
          5. Using Network Directories
          6. Printing Contacts with Flair
          7. Swapping Bytes with vCards
          8. Introducing the Maps Window
          9. Switching Views in Maps
          10. Getting Directions over Yonder
      4. Part III: Connecting and Communicating
        1. Chapter 10: Going Places with Safari
          1. Pretend You’ve Never Used This Thing
          2. Visiting Websites
          3. Navigating the Web
          4. Setting Up Your Home Page
          5. Adding and Using Bookmarks
          6. Working with the Reading List and Shared Links
            1. Saving pages for later with the Reading List
            2. Visiting pages recommended by friends
          7. Downloading Files
          8. Using Subscriptions and History
          9. Tabs Are Your Browsing Friends
          10. Printing Web Pages
          11. Protecting Your Privacy
            1. Yes, there are such things as bad cookies
            2. Cleaning your cache
            3. Banishing pesky iCloud Keychain passwords
            4. Handling ancient history
            5. Setting notifications
            6. Avoiding those @*!^%$ pop-up ads
        2. Chapter 11: Expanding Your Horizons with iCloud
          1. So How Does iCloud Work, Anyway?
          2. Saving and Opening iCloud Documents
          3. Configuring iCloud
        3. Chapter 12: Hooking Up with Handy Helpers
          1. Connecting Printers
            1. USB printers
            2. Network printers
          2. Connecting Scanners
          3. Using Photo Booth
          4. Conversing with FaceTime
          5. Turning Your iMac into a TV — And More
      5. Part IV: Living the iLife
        1. Chapter 13: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes
          1. What Can I Play on iTunes?
          2. Playing an Audio CD
          3. Playing Digital Audio and Video
            1. Browsing the Library
            2. Finding songs in your Music Library
            3. Removing old music from the Library
            4. Watching video
          4. Keeping Slim Whitman and Slim Shady Apart: Organizing with Playlists
          5. Know Your Songs
            1. Setting the song information automatically
            2. Setting or changing song information manually
          6. Ripping Audio Files
          7. Tweaking the Audio for Your Ears
          8. A New Kind of Radio Station
            1. Internet radio
            2. Tuning in your own stations
            3. Radio stations in your playlists
            4. Creating a custom iTunes Radio station
          9. iTunes and iCloud Together
          10. iSending iStuff to iPod, iPhone, and iPad
          11. Sharing Media across a Network
          12. Burning Music to Shiny Plastic Circles
          13. Feasting on iTunes Visuals
          14. Exercising Parental Authority
          15. Buying Digital Media the Apple Way
        2. Chapter 14: The Masterpiece That Is iPhoto
          1. Delving into iPhoto
          2. Working with Images in iPhoto
            1. Import Images 101
            2. Organize mode: Organizing and sorting your images
            3. Edit mode: Removing and fixing stuff the right way
          3. Producing Your Own Coffee-Table Masterpiece
          4. Putting Photo Stream to Work
          5. E-Mailing Photos to Aunt Mildred
        3. Chapter 15: Making Film History with iMovie
          1. Shaking Hands with the iMovie Window
          2. A Bird’s-Eye View of Moviemaking
          3. Importing the Building Blocks
            1. Pulling in video clips
            2. Making use of still images
            3. Importing and adding audio from all sorts of places
          4. Building the Cinematic Basics
            1. Adding clips to your movie
            2. Marking clips
            3. Removing clips from your movie
            4. Reordering clips in your movie
            5. Editing clips in iMovie
            6. Transitions for the masses
            7. Even Gone with the Wind had titles
            8. Adding maps and backgrounds
          5. Creating an Honest-to-Goodness Movie Trailer
          6. Sharing Your Finished Classic with Others
        4. Chapter 16: Recording Your Hits with GarageBand
          1. Shaking Hands with Your Band
          2. Composing Made Easy
            1. Adding tracks
            2. Choosing loops
            3. Resizing, repeating, and moving loops
            4. Using the Arrangement track
            5. Tweaking the settings for a track
          3. Sharing Your Songs
            1. Creating song files and ringtones in iTunes
            2. Exporting a project
            3. Burning an audio CD
      6. Part V: Getting Productive with iWork and Other Tools
        1. Chapter 17: Desktop Publishing with Pages
          1. Creating a New Pages Document
          2. Open an Existing Pages Document
          3. Saving Your Work
          4. Touring the Pages Window
          5. Entering and Editing Text
          6. Using Text and Graphics Boxes
          7. The Three Amigos: Cut, Copy, and Paste
            1. Cutting stuff
            2. Copying text and images
            3. Pasting from the Clipboard
          8. Formatting Text the Easy Way
          9. Adding a Spiffy Table
          10. Adding Alluring Photos
          11. Adding a Background Shape
          12. Are You Sure about That Spelling?
          13. Printing Your Pages Documents
          14. Sharing That Poster with Others
        2. Chapter 18: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers
          1. Before You Launch Numbers …
          2. Creating a New Numbers Document
          3. Opening an Existing Spreadsheet File
          4. Save Those Spreadsheets!
          5. Exploring the Numbers Window
          6. Navigating and Selecting Cells in a Spreadsheet
          7. Entering and Editing Data in a Spreadsheet
          8. Selecting the Correct Number Format
          9. Aligning Cell Text Just So
          10. Formatting with Shading
          11. Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
          12. The Formula Is Your Friend
          13. Adding Visual Punch with a Chart
        3. Chapter 19: Building Presentations with Keynote
          1. Creating a New Keynote Project
          2. Opening a Keynote Presentation
          3. Saving Your Presentation
          4. Putting Keynote to Work
          5. Adding Slides
          6. Working with Text and Graphics Boxes
          7. Adding and Editing Slide Text
          8. Formatting Slide Text for the Perfect Look
          9. Using Presenter’s Notes in Your Project
          10. Every Good Presentation Needs Media
          11. Adding a Background Shape
          12. Creating Your Keynote Slideshow
          13. Printing Your Slides and Notes
        4. Chapter 20: Creating a Multiuser iMac
          1. Once Upon a Time (An Access Fairy Tale)
          2. Big-Shot Administrator Stuff
            1. Deciding who needs what access
            2. Adding users
            3. Modifying user accounts
            4. I banish thee, Mischievous User!
            5. Setting up Login Items and Parental Controls
          3. Multiuser Rules for Everyone
            1. Logging on and off in Mavericks For Dummies
            2. Interesting stuff about sharing stuff
            3. Encrypting your hard drive can be fun
        5. Chapter 21: Building (Or Joining) a Network
          1. What, Exactly, Is the Network Advantage?
          2. The Great Debate: Wired versus Wireless
          3. Sharing Internet Access
            1. Using your iMac as a sharing device
            2. Using a dedicated Internet sharing device
          4. What Do You Need to Connect?
            1. Wireless connections
            2. Wired connections
          5. Connecting to the Network
            1. Sharing stuff nicely with others
          6. USE YOUR FIREWALL!
      7. Part VI: The Necessary Evils: Troubleshooting, Upgrading, Maintaining
        1. Chapter 22: It Just . . . Sits . . . There
          1. Can You Troubleshoot? Yes, You Can!
          2. Basic Troubleshooting 101
            1. The Number One Rule: Reboot!
            2. Special keys that can come in handy
            3. All hail Disk Utility, the troubleshooter’s friend
            4. Mark’s iMac Troubleshooting Tree
          3. Okay, I Kicked It, and It Still Won’t Work
            1. Apple Help Online
            2. Local service, at your service
        2. Chapter 23: I Want to Add Stuff
          1. More Memory Will Help
            1. Figuring out how much memory you have
            2. Installing memory modules
          2. Can I Upgrade My Hard Drive?
            1. Consider your external options
            2. Gotta have internal
          3. Weighing Attractive Add-Ons
            1. Game controllers
            2. Hard drive arrays
            3. Video controllers
            4. Audio hardware
        3. Chapter 24: Tackling the Housekeeping
          1. Cleaning Unseemly Data Deposits
            1. Getting dirty (or, cleaning things the manual way)
            2. Using a commercial cleanup tool
          2. Backing Up Your Treasure
          3. Saving Files
            1. Backing up to an external hard drive
            2. Backing up to CD and DVD
          4. Putting Things Right with Time Machine
          5. Maintaining Hard Drive Health
          6. Automating Those Mundane Chores
            1. Creating an application in Automator
            2. Running applications at startup
          7. Updating OS X Automatically
      8. Part VII: The Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Speed Up Your iMac
          1. Nothing Works Like a Shot of Memory
          2. Hold a Conversation with Your iMac
          3. Vamoose, Unwanted Fragments!
          4. Keep Your Desktop Background Simple
          5. Column Mode Is for Power Users
          6. Make the Dock Do Your Bidding
          7. It All Started with Keyboard Shortcuts
          8. Hey, You Tweaked Your Finder!
          9. Keep in Touch with Your Recent Past
          10. Go Where the Going Is Good
        2. Chapter 26: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague
          1. Keep Things Cool
          2. Phishing Is No Phun
          3. Don’t Rely on a Single Password
          4. Do You Really Want a Submerged Keyboard?
          5. Don’t Use Antiquated Utility Software
          6. Don’t Endorse Software Piracy
          7. Call It the Forbidden Account
          8. Don’t Settle for a Surge Suppressor
          9. Refurbished Hardware Is No Deal at All
          10. iMacs Appreciate iCleanliness
      9. About the Author
      10. Cheat Sheet
      11. More Dummies Products