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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide by Maria Langer

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2. Finder Basics

The Finder & Desktop

The Finder is a program that is part of Mac OS. It launches automatically when you start your computer.

The Finder provides a graphic user interface called the desktop (Figure 1) that you can use to open, copy, delete, list, organize, and perform other operations on computer files.

Figure 1 Basic desktop elements.

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This chapter provides important instructions for using the Finder and items that appear on the Mac OS X desktop. It’s important that you understand how to use these basic Finder techniques, since you’ll use them again and again every time you work with your Mac.

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