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Mac® Bible by Dwight Spivey

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Chapter 4. Customize Your Mac

Customization, customization, customization. We all like to have things personalized to our tastes, to fit our lifestyles. When you first buy a car you make sure to add your own personal touches to it, whether it be a personalized license plate or some fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror. After you buy a home you typically like to paint the rooms in colors that appeal to you, or plant a garden, and maybe even install a pool. For that matter, the clothing that you choose to wear speaks volumes about you and the kind of person you are. So, when you own a Mac, why not jazz it up a little to make it fit your personality?

Mac OS X allows you to make changes to your user account (learn more in Chapter 6) so that it tells the world this is your computer and you love using it! This chapter takes a look at the various ways to customize your Mac, from installing applications to using third-party applications and utilities, to add that personal flavor you crave.

Installing Applications

Installing third-party applications on your Mac is certainly a way to customize it, because you are adding elements to the computer that change it in one way or the other, whether cosmetic or just simply taking up more space on your hard drive. I venture to say that 99.99 ...

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