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My iMac (Mountain Lion Edition)

Book Description

My iMac offers iMac users full-color, step-by-step visual instructions to learn how to get the most out of their iMac and OS X Mountain Lion. Using a task-based format accompanied by full-color images, you see the detail of each step as you move through a task enabling you to quickly and easily accomplish tasks such as: managing and arranging your desktop, connecting to wired and wireless networks, creating virtual workspaces using Mission Control, understanding and using iCloud services, setting up calendars, contacts, and email, connecting to others via social media apps, downloading and installing applications, adding peripherals such as printers and backup drives, troubleshooting system problems, securing your data, and much more.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Table of Contents
  5. About the Author
  6. Dedication
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. We Want to Hear from You!
  9. Reader Services
  10. Prologue: Getting Started with the iMac
    1. Getting to Know the iMac Hardware
    2. What You Need to Know
    3. Understanding iCloud and Apple ID
    4. Windows Compatibility
  11. 1. Managing Your iMac Desktop
    1. Organizing in the Dock
    2. Customizing Finder Windows
    3. Arranging and Grouping Files
    4. Previewing Document Contents with Quick Look
    5. Using Instant-Access Utilities in the Dashboard
    6. Finding Information with Spotlight
    7. Keeping Track of Application Events with Notifications
  12. 2. Making the Most of Your iMac’s Screen Space
    1. Swimming in a Sea of Application Windows with Mission Control
    2. Managing and Launching Applications with Launchpad
    3. Managing Auto Open and Save Features
  13. 3. Connecting Your iMac to a Network
    1. Connecting to a Wired Network
    2. Connecting to a Wireless Network
    3. Manually Configuring Network Settings
    4. Creating Virtual Private Network Connections
    5. Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations
    6. Seeking Automated Network Assistance
  14. 4. Accessing iCloud, Email, and the Web
    1. Setting Up iCloud
    2. Exploring Unique iCloud Services
    3. Getting Started with Accounts
    4. Using Mail
    5. Web Browsing in Safari
  15. 5. Being Social with Messages, FaceTime, Twitter, Facebook, and Game Center
    1. Instant Messaging with Messages
    2. Video Calls with FaceTime
    3. Using the Mountain Lion Twitter and Facebook Posting Support
    4. Getting Your Game on with Game Center
  16. 6. Keeping Contacts, Appointments, Reminders, and Notes
    1. Managing Contacts in Contacts
    2. Working with Schedules in Calendar
    3. Remembering with Reminders
    4. Keeping Track with Notes
  17. 7. Sharing Devices, Files, and Services on a Network
    1. File Sharing on Your iMac
    2. Sharing Files via Share Sheets
    3. Sharing Printers
    4. Sharing a Scanner
    5. Sharing an Optical Drive
    6. Sharing Your iMac Screen
    7. Sharing Your Internet Connection
  18. 8. Entertainment on the (iMac’s) Big Screen
    1. Using DVD Player
    2. Viewing Browser Video or Downloaded Video Files
    3. Creating a Media Library in iTunes
    4. Building the Ultimate Media Center
  19. 9. Installing and Managing Software on Your iMac
    1. Mac App Store
    2. Installing Non–App Store Applications
    3. Keeping Your Applications and Operating System Up-To-Date
  20. 10. Making the Most of Your iMac Hardware
    1. Going Green with Energy Saver
    2. Updating Keyboard and Dictation Settings
    3. Changing Trackpad and Mouse Options
    4. Adjusting the iMac Display
    5. Setting Sound Input and Output
    6. Recording Audio, Video, and Screen Actions
  21. 11. Connecting Devices to Your iMac
    1. Connecting USB Input Devices
    2. Using Bluetooth Devices
    3. Using External Displays and Projectors
    4. Connecting to an Apple TV (or Other Device) with AirPlay
    5. Connecting and Using a Printer
    6. Connecting and Using a Scanner
  22. 12. Securing and Protecting Your iMac
    1. Working with Users and Groups
    2. Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access
    3. Encrypting Your Mountain Lion Disk
    4. Limiting Application Execution
    5. Achieving Network Security with the Built-In Firewall
    6. Backing Up Important Information
  23. 13. Troubleshooting Your iMac System
    1. Dealing with Troublesome Software
    2. Restarting and Correcting a Frozen Machine
    3. Fixing Disk Problems with Disk Utility
    4. Gathering Information About Your iMac
    5. Remember Your Backups!
  24. 14. Upgrading Your iMac
    1. Upgrading Your Built-In Hardware
    2. Adding External Storage
  25. Index
  26. Ad Pages