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My iMac® (Yosemite Edition)

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Step-by-step instructions with callouts to iMac images that show you exactly what to do.

Help when you run into hardware or operating system problems or limitations.

Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your iMac.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your iMac working just the way you want. The tasks include:

  • Managing, arranging, and tagging your files

  • Staying informed and productive with Notification Center

  • Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control

  • Opening and organizing apps with Launchpad

  • Accessing network devices and resources

  • Activating and using iCloud services

  • Communicating online with email, instant messaging, and video

  • Keeping appointments with Calendar and Reminders

  • Planning trips and checking traffic with Maps

  • Keeping up-to-date with friends and family via Twitter and Facebook

  • Downloading and enjoying music, movies, books, and more

  • Sharing purchases with your family

  • Challenging your friends to games with Game Center

  • Working seamlessly with iOS Devices with Handoff and AirDrop

  • Protecting and securing your system and data

  • Expanding your system with peripheral devices

  • Troubleshooting common system problems

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Author
    7. Dedication
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. We Want to Hear from You!
    10. Reader Services
    11. Prologue: Getting Started with the iMac
      1. Getting to Know the iMac Hardware
        1. Special Keyboard Keys
      2. What You Need to Know
        1. The Menu Bar
        2. The Dock
        3. The Finder
        4. Tags
        5. The Launchpad
        6. Mission Control
        7. Spotlight
        8. The App Store (and Security)
        9. The Notification Center and Today View
        10. System Preferences
        11. Window Controls
        12. Contextual Menus
        13. Gestures
        14. Dictation
      3. Understanding iCloud and Apple ID
      4. Windows Compatibility
        1. Boot Camp
        2. Virtualization
    12. 1. Managing Your Desktop
      1. Organizing in the Dock
        1. Adding and Removing Items from the Dock
        2. Using Folders and Stacks in the Dock
        3. Customizing the Dock’s Appearance
      2. Customizing Finder Windows
        1. Configuring the Sidebar’s System Shortcuts
        2. Manually Modifying the Sidebar
        3. Modifying the Finder Toolbar
        4. Using Finder Window Tabs
        5. Opening Tabs with a Click
      3. Arranging and Grouping Files
        1. Using All My Files
        2. Arranging a Finder View
        3. Assigning Tags
        4. Removing Tags
        5. Viewing Tags
        6. Managing Tags
      4. Previewing Document Contents with Quick Look (New!)
        1. Viewing a File with Quick Look
        2. Previewing Files Using Finder Icons
      5. Finding Information with Spotlight (New!)
        1. Searching for Files and Information
        2. Customizing Spotlight Searching
        3. Saving Searches as Smart Folders in the Finder
      6. Managing Your “Today” and Notifications (New!)
        1. Receiving Notifications
        2. Viewing Notifications in Notification Center
        3. Customizing the Notification Display
        4. Activating Do Not Disturb Mode
        5. Customizing Do Not Disturb Mode
        6. Using Notification Center’s Today View (New!)
      7. Using Utilities in the Dashboard
        1. Activating the Dashboard
        2. Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets
        3. Configuring Dashboard Widgets
    13. 2. Making the Most of Your Screen Space
      1. Swimming in a Sea of Application Windows with Mission Control
        1. Opening and Closing Mission Control
        2. Navigating Applications and Windows
        3. Creating and Populating a New Space
        4. Closing a Space
        5. Creating Full-Screen Application Spaces
        6. Choosing Between Application Windows
        7. Showing the Desktop
        8. Configuring Mission Control Features and Shortcuts
      2. Managing and Launching Applications with Launchpad
        1. Starting Launchpad
        2. Navigating Launchpad
        3. Searching Launchpad
        4. Rearranging Icons
        5. Creating New Folders
        6. Deleting Folders
        7. Deleting Applications
      3. Managing Auto Open and Save Features
        1. Toggling Application Auto Open
        2. Setting Window Restoration
        3. Enabling Manual File Saving
    14. 3. Connecting Your Mac to a Network
      1. Connecting to a Wired Network
        1. Making an Ethernet (Wired) Connection
      2. Connecting to a Wireless Network
        1. Making a Wireless Connection
        2. Authenticating on a Wireless Network
        3. Disabling (and Enabling) Wireless Networking
      3. Manually Configuring Network Settings
        1. Configuring TCP/IP and Proxy Settings
        2. Activating PPPoE for DSL Connections
      4. Creating Virtual Private Network Connections
        1. Creating a VPN Connection
      5. Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations
        1. Creating Configurations
        2. Adding and Using Locations
      6. Seeking Automated Network Assistance
        1. Launching Diagnostics
        2. Launching the Setup Assistant
    15. 4. Setting Up iCloud and Internet Accounts
      1. Setting Up iCloud
        1. Configuring iCloud for the First Time
        2. Activating iCloud Services
      2. Exploring Unique iCloud Services
        1. Accessing iCloud Applications Online
        2. Using Find My Mac
        3. Using iCloud Drive (New!)
        4. Using Photo Sharing
      3. Getting Started with Accounts
        1. Adding an Account
    16. 5. Accessing Email and the Web
      1. Using Mail
        1. Things You Need Before Setting Up an Email Connection
        2. Adding an Email Account
        3. Configuring Advanced Account Settings
        4. Finding Your Way Around Mail
        5. Reading Email
        6. Composing Email (New!)
        7. Managing Your Email
      2. Web Browsing in Safari
        1. Managing Your Bookmarks, Bookmarks Menu, Favorites, Top Sites, and Reading List (Whew!) (New!)
        2. Advanced Browsing Features (New!)
        3. Adding Web Content to the Dashboard
        4. Extending Safari’s Capabilities with Extensions
    17. 6. Sharing Files, Devices, and Services
      1. File Sharing on Your Mac
        1. Using AirDrop to Wirelessly Share Files and Folders
        2. Configuring Traditional File and Folder Sharing
      2. Sharing Files via the Share Menu
        1. Sharing Files via Messages
        2. Uploading Files to an Online Service
      3. Sharing Printers
        1. Enabling Network Printer Sharing
        2. Setting Printer Sharing Permissions
        3. Accessing a Network Printer
      4. Sharing an Optical Drive
        1. Enabling DVD Sharing
        2. Accessing a Shared Optical Drive
      5. Sharing Your Mac Screen
        1. Enabling Screen Sharing
        2. Setting Screen Sharing Permissions
        3. Accessing the Screen of a Local Mac
        4. Accessing Remote Computers and Non-Macs
      6. Sharing Your Internet Connection
        1. Sharing Your Connection
    18. 7. Being Social with Messages, FaceTime, Twitter, and Facebook
      1. Instant Messaging with Messages
        1. Adding Accounts to Messages
        2. Logging into (and out of) Your IM Account
        3. Configuring Your IM Identity
        4. Managing Your IM Buddy List
        5. Communicating with IM and iMessage
        6. Using Voice or Video for Chatting (New!)
        7. Sharing Your Files and Screen (New!)
      2. Video Calls with FaceTime
        1. Setting Up FaceTime
        2. Placing FaceTime Calls (New!)
        3. Receiving a FaceTime Call
        4. Accessing Your Call List
        5. Disabling FaceTime
        6. Updating Account Information FaceTime Preferences
      3. Using the Yosemite Twitter and Facebook Posting Support
        1. Enabling Twitter
        2. Enabling Facebook
        3. Posting Tweets and Facebook Updates
    19. 8. Managing Who, Where, When, and What
      1. Managing Contacts
        1. Adding Groups
        2. Using iCloud and Server-Based Contacts
        3. Sharing Contacts via Email, Messages, and AirDrop (New!)
        4. Printing Addresses
      2. Finding Your Way with Maps
        1. Starting and Navigating Maps
        2. Using Map Views
        3. Finding Places
        4. Working with Points of Interest
        5. Traveling with Maps
      3. Working with Schedules in Calendar
        1. Adding Calendars
        2. Connecting to iCloud and Server-Based Calendars
        3. Viewing Calendars
        4. Working with Events
        5. Printing Calendars
      4. Remembering with Reminders
        1. Creating a List (New!)
        2. Setting Reminder Attributes, Including Location
        3. Completing Reminders
        4. Finding Reminders
        5. Using iCloud and Server-Based Reminders
      5. Keeping Track with Notes
        1. Managing Folders
        2. Adding Notes
        3. Moving Notes Between Folders
        4. Searching and Displaying Notes
        5. Sharing Notes via Email and Messages
        6. Using iCloud and Server-Based Notes
    20. 9. Entertainment on the (Big) Little Screen
      1. Creating a Media Library in iTunes
        1. Running iTunes for the First Time
        2. Finding Your Way Around iTunes (New!)
        3. Interacting with Your Library
        4. Controlling Playback
        5. Building Your Media Library
        6. Searching the Library
        7. Using Playlists
        8. Using the Mini Player
        9. Using iTunes Radio
        10. Syncing Media Between Devices
        11. Keeping an iCloud Library with iTunes Match
      2. Reading Your iBooks
        1. Starting iBooks and Authorizing Your Mac
        2. Purchasing Books
        3. Viewing and Arranging Your Library
        4. Reading iBooks
      3. Getting Your Game on with Game Center (New!)
        1. Signing into Game Center
        2. Navigating the Me Screen
        3. Managing Friends and Friend Requests
        4. Sizing Up Your Friends
        5. Browsing by Game
        6. Making and Taking a Challenge
    21. 10. Installing and Managing Applications and Extensions on Your Mac
      1. Mac App Store (New!)
        1. Logging into the App Store
        2. Browsing for Software
        3. Searching for Software
        4. Purchasing Software
        5. Reinstalling Software and Installing Purchases on Other Macs
        6. Hiding Apps You No Longer Want (New!)
      2. Installing Non–App Store Applications
        1. Unarchiving Zip Files
        2. Accessing Disk Images
      3. Sharing Purchases with Family Sharing (New!)
        1. Setting Up Family Sharing (Organizer)
        2. Adding a Family Member
        3. Managing Family Members
      4. Keeping Your Applications and Operating System Up-To-Date
        1. Configuring Software Updates and Auto Downloads (New!)
        2. Manually Applying Software Updates
      5. Finding and Managing Extensions (New!)
        1. Finding New Extensions
        2. Managing Installed Extensions
    22. 11. Making the Most of Your Mac Hardware
      1. Going Green with Energy Saver
        1. Configuring Display, Computer, and Hard Disk Sleep
        2. Creating a Sleep/Wake Schedule
      2. Updating Keyboard and Dictation Settings
        1. Setting Keyboard Repeat Rate
        2. Creating Keyboard Shortcuts
        3. Activating Dictation
      3. Changing Trackpad and Mouse Options
        1. Setting the Trackpad Speed
        2. Controlling Trackpad Gestures
        3. Configuring the Magic Mouse Speed
        4. Configuring Magic Mouse Gestures
      4. Adjusting Your Display
        1. Setting Display Resolution
        2. Controlling Display Brightness
        3. Choosing a Color Profile
        4. Calibrating the Display
      5. Setting Sound Input and Output
        1. Setting the Output Volume
        2. Configuring Alert Sounds
        3. Choosing and Adjusting an Output Device
        4. Picking and Calibrating an Input Device
      6. Recording Audio and Video
        1. Recording Audio
        2. Recording with the FaceTime HD Video Camera
    23. 12. Using Yosemite with Your iDevices (New!)
      1. Enabling Yosemite and iOS Communication
        1. Verifying Your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Settings
      2. Using AirDrop
        1. Sending Files to iOS via AirDrop
        2. Sending Files to Yosemite via AirDrop
      3. Using Handoff to Move Between Devices
        1. Enabling Handoff
        2. Handing Off from Yosemite to iOS
        3. Handing Off from iOS to Yosemite
      4. Using Your iPhone to Cell-Enable Your Mac
        1. Enabling Yosemite Cellular Calls
        2. Placing a Phone Call
        3. Receiving a Phone Call
        4. Text Messaging with Yosemite
      5. Using Your iOS Device as an Instant Hotspot
        1. Signing Into iCloud
    24. 13. Connecting Peripherals to Your Mac
      1. Connecting USB Input Devices
        1. Configuring a USB Keyboard
        2. Configuring a USB Mouse
      2. Using Bluetooth Devices
        1. Pairing a Bluetooth Mouse or Trackpad
        2. Pairing a Bluetooth Keyboard
        3. Connecting a Bluetooth Headset
        4. Adding and Using the Bluetooth Status Menu
      3. Using External Displays and Projectors
        1. Extending Your Desktop to Another Monitor
        2. Setting Monitor Arrangements
        3. Adding the Display Mirroring Menu to Your Menu Bar
        4. Using Mirrored Displays
      4. Connecting to an Apple TV (or Other Device) with AirPlay
        1. Mirroring Your Display to an Apple TV
        2. Setting the AirPlay Apple TV Resolution
        3. Extending Your Desktop to an Apple TV
        4. Sharing Multimedia to an Apple TV
        5. Sending System Audio to an Apple TV
      5. Connecting and Using a Printer
        1. Adding a Printer
        2. The Printing Process
      6. Connecting and Using a Scanner
        1. Adding a Scanner
        2. Scanning in Preview
    25. 14. Securing and Protecting Your Mac
      1. Working with Users and Groups
        1. Creating User Accounts
        2. Adding Accounts
        3. Enabling the Guest Account
        4. Applying Parental Controls
        5. Creating Groups
        6. Configuring General Account Security
        7. Assigning File Permissions for Users and Groups
      2. Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access
        1. Viewing Keychain Items
        2. Adding Data to the Keychain
        3. Creating a New Keychain
        4. Adding a Keychain Menu Item
      3. Encrypting Your Yosemite Disk
        1. Activating FileVault
      4. Limiting Application Execution
      5. Adding Network Security with the Built-In Firewall
        1. Activating the Yosemite Firewall
        2. Configuring Incoming Services
        3. Hiding Location Information and Application Data
      6. Backing Up Important Information
        1. Using Time Machine
        2. Activating Time Machine
        3. Customizing the Time Machine Backups
        4. Adding a Time Machine Menu Item
        5. Recovering Data
        6. Restoring a Machine from Scratch
        7. Using File Versions
        8. Manually Saving a Version
        9. Restoring a File Version
    26. 15. Troubleshooting Your System
      1. Dealing with Troublesome Software
        1. Force-Quitting Applications
        2. Testing with the Guest Account
        3. Removing Corrupted Application Files
      2. Restarting and Correcting a Frozen Machine
        1. Starting in Safe Mode
        2. Changing Login Applications
        3. Removing Startup Applications and Launch Daemons
        4. Disabling Extensions
        5. Removing System Preferences Panes
      3. Fixing Disk Problems with Disk Utility
        1. Repairing Permission Problems
        2. Verifying and Repairing Common Disk Errors
        3. Verifying Your Disk Has an Error
        4. Repairing Your Disk
      4. Gathering Information About Your Mac
        1. Monitoring System Activity
        2. Generating a System Profiler Report
        3. Viewing the System Logs
      5. Remember Your Backups!
        1. Viewing System Support Options
    27. 16. Upgrading Your Mac
      1. Upgrading Your Built-In Hardware
        1. General Guidelines for Conducting Mac Surgery
        2. Verifying Your Mac RAM Upgrade
        3. Preparing a New Boot Drive
      2. Adding External Storage
        1. Preparing the Storage Device
        2. Initializing Your Storage Device
        3. Mounting and Unmounting Devices
    28. Index