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My MacBook® (Mountain Lion Edition), Third Edition

Book Description

Covers 2010 and later MacBook/Air/Pro models

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to MacBook photos that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into MacBook or OS X Mountain Lion problems or limitations.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your MacBook.

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

• Managing and arranging your desktop
• Staying on top of important changes with Notification Center
• Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control
• Opening and organizing applications in Launchpad
• Accessing the Internet through wired, wireless, and cellular networks
• Joining and using iCloud services
• Communicating via email, instant messages, audio, and video
• Keeping in touch and on-time with Calendars and Contacts
• Being social with Facebook, Twitter, and Game Center
• Entertaining with music and videos
• Downloading and managing software from the App Store and other sources
• Sharing files, printers, and even scanners over your network connection
• Protecting and securing your data
• Recording video and sharing it instantly online
• Expanding your capabilities with peripheral devices
• Troubleshooting system problems

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
    1. Getting to Know the MacBook Hardware
    2. What You Need to Know
    3. Understanding iCloud and Apple ID
    4. Windows Compatibility
  11. 1. Managing Your MacBook 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 MacBook’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 MacBook to a Network
    1. Connecting to a Wired Network
    2. Connecting to a Wireless Network
    3. Manually Configuring Network Settings
    4. Making Mobile Connections with the iPhone and Cellular Data Cards
    5. Creating Virtual Private Network Connections
    6. Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations
    7. 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 MacBook
    2. Sharing Files via Share Sheets
    3. Sharing Printers
    4. Sharing a Scanner
    5. Sharing an Optical Drive
    6. Sharing Your MacBook Screen
    7. Sharing Your Internet Connection
  18. 8. Accessing Entertainment on the Go
    1. Using DVD Player
    2. Viewing Browser Video or Downloaded Video Files
    3. Creating a Media Library in iTunes
  19. 9. Installing and Managing Software on Your MacBook
    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 MacBook Hardware
    1. Balancing Battery Life and Performance
    2. Updating Keyboard Settings
    3. Changing Trackpad Options
    4. Adjusting the LCD Display
    5. Setting Sound Input and Output
    6. Recording Audio, Video, and Screen Actions
  21. 11. Connecting Devices to Your MacBook
    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 MacBook
    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 MacBook 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 MacBook
    5. Remember Your Backups!
  24. 14. Upgrading Your MacBook
    1. Upgrading Your Built-In Hardware
    2. Adding External Storage
  25. Index
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