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Mac OS by Paul McFedries

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1. Working on the Mac OS X Desktop

The Mac OS X Desktop

When you start your Mac and log on to your user account, the first thing you will see is the Mac OS X desktop, which takes up the entire screen as shown in Figure 1.1. The default desktop is fairly sparse with only the Dock at the bottom of the screen and the menu bar at the top. This relative emptiness won’t last long, however, because as you use Mac OS X, the desktop gets populated with icons, Finder windows, other application windows, dialogs, and the other objects that are part of day-to-day life in the Mac universe.

Figure 1.1 The Mac OS X desktop is where you’ll do almost all of your work on your Mac.

This chapter introduces you to all the main features of the Mac OS X desktop, ...

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