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My New Mac, Lion Edition

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"Highly recommended for newbies and switchers."-MacWorld

In the Lion edition of the best-selling My New Mac, you'll find 56 simple projects that will have you doing useful things right away--like surfing the Internet, sending email, listening to music, and playing with your digital photos.

Table of Contents

  1. My New Mac, Lion Edition
    1. Praise for the My New™ series
        1. Praise for My New™ Mac
        2. Praise for My New™ iPad
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. Introduction
      1. Understanding Computer Terms
        1. Telling the Computer What to Do
        2. Finding a Command
        3. Dragging and Dropping
      2. How This Book Is Organized
    4. I. Basic Training
      1. 1. Learning to Use the Mouse and Trackpad
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. How to Point and Click the Mouse and Trackpad
        3. Dragging the Pointer
        4. Double-Clicking the Mouse and Trackpad
        5. Right-Clicking the Mouse
        6. Using the Scroll Ball
        7. Additional Ideas for Using the Mouse and Trackpad
      2. 2. Controlling Your Mac with Your Fingers
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Using the Trackpad
        3. Customizing the Trackpad
          1. Point and Click Gestures
          2. Scroll and Zoom Gestures
          3. More Gestures
        4. Using Finger Gestures with the Magic Mouse
        5. Additional Ideas for Using Finger Gestures
      3. 3. Choosing Commands on the Menu Bar
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Understanding the Menu Bar
        3. Understanding Dialogs
        4. Understanding the Parts of the Menu Bar
        5. Using the Keyboard
        6. Additional Ideas for Using the Menu Bar
      4. 4. Running Programs and Files from the Dock
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Understanding Program Icons
          1. Starting a Program Through the Finder
          2. Starting a Program Through the Dock
        3. Switching Programs and Windows from the Dock
        4. Quitting Programs from the Dock
        5. Accessing the Documents and Downloads Folders on the Dock
          1. Browsing Through the Documents Folder
          2. Browsing Through the Downloads Folder
        6. Additional Ideas for Using the Dock
      5. 5. Customizing the Dock
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Hiding (and Showing) the Dock
        3. Moving the Dock
        4. Making the Dock Easier to See
          1. Changing the Size of the Dock
          2. Turning Magnification On or Off
        5. Rearranging Icons on the Dock
        6. Showing (or Hiding) Indicator Lights on the Dock
        7. Adding and Removing Icons on the Dock
          1. Dragging an Icon to the Dock
          2. Opening a Program and Keeping It on the Dock
          3. Removing an Icon from the Dock by Dragging
          4. Choosing the Remove from Dock Command
        8. Adding and Removing Files and Folders on the Dock
          1. Adding a File or Folder to the Dock
          2. Removing a File or Folder from the Dock
        9. Additional Ideas for Customizing the Dock
      6. 6. Using Full-Screen Viewing
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Switching to Full-Screen Viewing
        3. Using Full-Screen Viewing in the Finder
        4. Additional Ideas for Using Full-Screen Viewing
      7. 7. Organizing Screens with Mission Control
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Starting Mission Control
        3. Creating Additional Virtual Desktops (Spaces)
        4. Removing a Virtual Desktop (Space)
        5. Customizing the Mission Control Hotkey
        6. Additional Ideas for Using Mission Control
      8. 8. Opening Apps with Launchpad
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Starting and Closing Launchpad
        3. Navigating the Launchpad Screen
        4. Rearranging Icons on Launchpad
        5. Organizing Icons into Launchpad Folders
        6. Creating a Launchpad Folder
        7. Removing a Program from a Launchpad Folder
        8. Additional Ideas for Using Launchpad
    5. II. Wrangling Files and Folders
      1. 9. Navigating Through Folders with the Finder
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Understanding Drives, Folders, and Files
        3. Understanding the Finder Window
        4. Viewing All Your Files
          1. Using All My Files
          2. Searching for a File
        5. Viewing a Folder Hierarchy
          1. Changing the View of Folders
          2. Jumping to a Specific Folder
          3. Opening a Folder
          4. Identifying Your Location in the Folder Hierarchy
          5. Navigating Back and Forth Through Folders
        6. Additional Ideas for Navigating the Folder Hierarchy
          1. Placing a Folder in the Finder Sidebar
          2. Placing a Folder as a Stack on the Dock
      2. 10. Tricks for Managing Your Files and Folders
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Creating Files and Folders
          1. Creating a Folder in the Save Dialog
          2. Creating a Folder in the Finder Window
        3. Sorting Files
        4. Peeking Inside a File
        5. Renaming a File or Folder
        6. Deleting a File or Folder
        7. Copying a File or Folder
        8. Moving a File or Folder
        9. Labeling Files and Folders by Color
        10. Searching Files and Folders by Color
        11. Additional Ideas for Managing Files and Folders
      3. 11. Finding Files Fast with Spotlight and Smart Folders
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Finding Specific Files with Spotlight
          1. Using Spotlight Through the Finder
          2. Using Spotlight from the Menu Bar
        3. Using Smart Folders
        4. Additional Ideas for Finding Files
      4. 12. Sharing Files Wirelessly
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Checking for Bluetooth Capability
        3. Turning On Bluetooth Sharing
        4. Sharing Files with Bluetooth
        5. Using AirDrop
        6. Additional Ideas for Transferring Files Wirelessly
      5. 13. Storing Files on a CD or DVD
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Buying Discs
        3. Erasing a Read/Write (RW) Disc
        4. Choosing Files to Burn to a CD or DVD
          1. Creating a Burn Folder
          2. Burning Files Directly to Disc
        5. Additional Ideas for Burning CDs and DVDs
      6. 14. Using Resume, Auto Save, and Versions
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Using Resume and Auto Save
        3. Using Versions
        4. Additional Ideas for Using Resume, Auto Save, and Versions
      7. 15. Retrieving Files Back in Time
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Retrieving Files from the Trash
        3. Backing Up and Retrieving Files with Time Machine
          1. Setting Up Time Machine
          2. Retrieving Files with Time Machine
        4. Additional Ideas for Backing Up Files
    6. III. Making Life Easier
      1. 16. Working Faster with Shortcut Commands
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Using Keyboard Shortcuts
        3. Using Buttons
        4. Using Shortcut Menus
        5. Additional Ideas for Using Shortcuts
      2. 17. Controlling Your Macintosh with Hot Corners
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Defining a Hot Corner
        3. Using a Hot Corner
        4. Additional Ideas for Using Hot Corners
      3. 18. Putting Information at Your Fingertips with Dashboard
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Starting Dashboard
        3. Changing the Appearance of Dashboard
        4. Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets
          1. Adding Widgets to Dashboard
          2. Removing Widgets from Dashboard
          3. Rearranging Widgets on Dashboard
          4. Customizing Widgets
        5. Finding More Widgets
        6. Erasing Widgets
        7. Additional Ideas for Using Dashboard
      4. 19. Giving Your Macintosh Multiple Personalities with User Accounts
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Understanding User Accounts
        3. Creating User Accounts
        4. Logging In and Out of an Account
        5. Fast Switching Between Accounts
        6. Deleting an Account
        7. Additional Ideas for Using Accounts
      5. 20. Slapping Parental Controls on Your Kids
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Creating a Managed with Parental Controls Account
        3. Setting Parental Controls
          1. Restricting Programs
          2. Restricting Web Access
          3. Restricting Access to Other People
          4. Setting Time Limits for Using the Macintosh
          5. Restricting Other Features
        4. Additional Ideas for Using Managed with Parental Controls Accounts
      6. 21. Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and Control
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Enlarging Text on the Screen
          1. Increasing the Font Size
          2. Magnifying the Screen
        3. Replacing Beeps with Screen Flashing
        4. Turning On Sticky Keys
        5. Using the Keyboard to Control the Mouse Pointer
        6. Additional Ideas for Using Universal Access Features
      7. 22. Using the Mac App Store
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Accessing the Mac App Store
        3. Searching for a Program
        4. Downloading Programs
        5. Additional Ideas for Using the Mac App Store
      8. 23. Installing, Updating, and Uninstalling Software
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Installing Software from a CD or DVD
        3. Installing Software over the Internet
        4. Updating Apple’s Software
        5. Uninstalling Software
        6. Additional Ideas for Installing Software
      9. 24. Saving Contact Information
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Storing Contacts
        3. Editing a Card
        4. Deleting a Card
        5. Searching for a Name (and Other Information)
        6. Creating Groups
          1. Creating and Filling a Group
          2. Creating a Smart Group
          3. Deleting a Group
        7. Changing Your View
        8. Additional Ideas for Using Address Book
      10. 25. Making Appointments in Your Calendar
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Changing Calendar Views
        3. Making an Appointment
        4. Modifying an Appointment
        5. Deleting an Appointment
        6. Creating Reminders
        7. Modifying a Reminder
        8. Deleting a Reminder
        9. Using Different Calendars
          1. Creating a New Calendar
          2. Viewing Appointments on Different Calendars
          3. Deleting a Calendar
        10. Additional Ideas for Using iCal
      11. 26. Typing Foreign Languages
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Typing Foreign Characters
        3. Clicking to Choose Foreign Characters
          1. Adding the Character Viewer to the Language & Text Menulet
          2. Choosing Characters with the Character Viewer
        4. Typing on a Foreign Language Keyboard Layout
          1. Choosing a Foreign Language
          2. Typing in a Foreign Language
        5. Typing in Foreign (Non-Roman) Characters
          1. Choosing an Input Method
          2. Typing Using a Foreign Language Input Method
        6. Writing Chinese Characters by Hand
        7. Additional Ideas for Typing Foreign Characters
    7. IV. Playing Music and Movies
      1. 27. Playing Audio CDs and Audio Files with iTunes
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Playing Audio CDs
        3. Adding Digital Audio Files to iTunes
        4. Deleting Digital Audio Files in iTunes
        5. Controlling Your Music
          1. Rewinding (and Skipping) a Song
          2. Adjusting the Volume
        6. Using Playlists
          1. Creating a Playlist
          2. Making Changes to a Playlist
          3. Creating a Smart Playlist
          4. Editing a Smart Playlist
          5. Deleting a Playlist
        7. Using the Genius Feature
        8. Tagging Your Songs
        9. Additional Ideas for Playing Music on Your Macintosh
      2. 28. Ripping and Burning Audio CDs
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Ripping Songs off an Audio CD
        3. Burning a Custom Audio CD
        4. Additional Ideas for Ripping and Burning CDs
      3. 29. Playing a DVD
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Switching Between Full Screen and Window Mode
        3. Viewing DVD Movie Chapters
        4. Using Bookmarks
          1. Creating a Bookmark
          2. Viewing a Bookmark
          3. Deleting a Bookmark
        5. Additional Ideas for Playing a DVD
      4. 30. Listening to News, Music, and Talk Shows Online
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Finding and Listening to an Internet Radio Station
          1. Saving Internet Radio Stations in a Playlist
          2. Listening to Internet Radio Stations in a Playlist
          3. Deleting an Internet Radio Station from a Playlist
        3. Finding Podcasts
        4. Additional Ideas for Listening to Radio Stations and Podcasts
      5. 31. Listening to Free College Lectures
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Listening to a College Lecture from iTunes U
        3. Additional Ideas for Listening to Lectures
      6. 32. Editing Video with iMovie
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Transferring Video to Your Macintosh
          1. Transferring Video from a Camcorder or Mobile Phone
          2. Capturing Video from a Webcam
          3. Importing a Video File into iMovie
        3. Understanding iMovie’s Interface
          1. Trimming and Selecting an Event
          2. Rearranging Video Clips
          3. Adding Visual and Audio Effects to a Video Clip
          4. Adding Transitions to a Video Clip
          5. Adding Titles
        4. Previewing Your Project
        5. Deleting Selections from Your Project
        6. Additional Ideas for Using iMovie
    8. V. The Digital Shutterbug
      1. 33. Transferring Pictures to Your Macintosh
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Transferring Photos from a Digital Camera
        3. Transferring Images from a Scanner
        4. Copying Images from a Web Page
          1. Saving a Web Page Image as a File
          2. Copying and Pasting a Web Page Image into Another Program
        5. Capturing Screen Images
        6. Additional Ideas for Transferring and Storing Images
      2. 34. Organizing Digital Photos in iPhoto
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. How iPhoto Works
        3. Working with Events
          1. Viewing the Photos in an Event
          2. Naming an Event
        4. Viewing All Your Photos
        5. Working with Faces
          1. Naming Faces in a Picture
          2. Finding Pictures Organized by Faces
        6. Viewing Photos with Places
        7. Editing Photo Locations
        8. Deleting Photos from iPhoto
        9. Additional Ideas for Organizing Digital Photos in iPhoto
      3. 35. Tagging and Sorting Digital Photos in iPhoto
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Tagging Photos
          1. Renaming a Photo
          2. Rating a Photo
          3. Adding Keywords to a Photo
        3. Sorting Photos
        4. Additional Ideas for Sorting Digital Photos in iPhoto
      4. 36. Editing Digital Photos in iPhoto
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Rotating and Straightening Photos
        3. Cropping a Photo
        4. Touching Up a Photo
        5. Creating Unusual Visual Effects
        6. Adjust a Photo Manually
        7. Additional Ideas for Editing Digital Photos in iPhoto
      5. 37. Showing Off Your Pictures
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Displaying Your Pictures on the Desktop
        3. Using Your Pictures as a Screensaver
        4. Creating a Special Picture Folder
        5. Additional Ideas for Displaying Pictures
      6. 38. Taking Pictures of Yourself with Photo Booth
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Capturing Pictures with Photo Booth
        3. Viewing Photo Booth Pictures
        4. Saving Photo Booth Pictures
        5. Deleting Photo Booth Pictures
        6. Additional Ideas for Using Photo Booth
    9. VI. Surfing and Sharing on the Internet
      1. 39. Getting on the Internet and Sharing Folders
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Connecting to the Internet
          1. Testing Your Ethernet Connection
          2. Connecting to a Wireless Network
        3. Sharing Folders over a Network
        4. Additional Ideas for Connecting to the Internet
      2. 40. Remembering Your Favorite Websites
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Viewing Previously Visited Websites
          1. Using the History Menu
          2. Viewing Thumbnail Images of Previously Visited Websites
          3. Viewing a List and Thumbnail Images of Previously Visited Websites
        3. Creating a List of Top Sites
          1. Viewing the Top Sites List
          2. Editing the Top Sites List
          3. Searching the Top Sites List
        4. Using Bookmarks
          1. Bookmarking a Website
          2. Moving and Copying a Bookmark
          3. Editing a Bookmark
          4. Deleting a Bookmark
        5. Organizing Bookmarks in Folders
          1. Creating a Bookmark Folder
          2. Adding Bookmarks to a Folder
          3. Moving a Bookmark Folder
          4. Rearranging Bookmarks and Folders
          5. Saving and Sharing Bookmarks
        6. Additional Ideas for Using Bookmarks and the History Menu
      3. 41. Saving a Web Page
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Using a Reading List
          1. Creating a Reading List
          2. Viewing a Website Stored in the Reading List
          3. Deleting a Website from the Reading List
        3. Saving a Web Page as a File
          1. Saving to Page Source (HTML) or Web Archive Format
          2. Saving a Web Page as a PDF File
        4. Emailing a Web Page
          1. Emailing an Entire Web Page
          2. Emailing a Link to a Web Page
        5. Additional Ideas for Saving Web Pages
      4. 42. Keeping Your Internet Activities Private
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Identifying Safe Websites
        3. Clearing Your Internet Tracks
          1. Emptying the Cache
          2. Clearing Your Google Searches
          3. Resetting Safari
        4. Avoiding Fraudulent Websites and Phishing Scams
        5. Hiding Your Browsing from Others
        6. Cleaning Out Cookies
        7. Additional Ideas for Browsing in Private
      5. 43. Customizing Safari
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Customizing Safari’s Search Engine, Home Page, and Downloads
          1. Choosing a Different Search Engine
          2. Choosing a Different Home Page
          3. Changing the Download Settings
        3. Customizing the Appearance of a Web Page
          1. Zooming In and Out
          2. Using Reader to Remove Ads
        4. Using Windows and Tabs
          1. Opening a New Window or Tab
          2. Closing an Open Window or Tab
          3. Converting Tabs to Windows (and Vice Versa)
        5. Additional Ideas for Customizing Safari
      6. 44. Setting Up an Email Account
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Getting Your Email Account Information
        3. Configuring Mail Automatically
        4. Configuring Mail Manually
        5. Additional Ideas for Creating Accounts in Mail
      7. 45. Reading and Writing Email
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Retrieving Email Messages
          1. Manually Retrieving Messages
          2. Automatically Retrieving Messages
        3. Reading Email Messages
          1. Retrieving a File Attachment
          2. Defining Where to Store a File Attachment
        4. Deleting a Message
        5. Saving Email Addresses
        6. Writing a Message
          1. Creating a New Message
          2. Sending a Message to Multiple People
          3. Replying to a Message
          4. Forwarding a Message
          5. Attaching a File to a Message
        7. Additional Ideas for Reading and Writing Messages
      8. 46. Making Email Look Pretty
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Using Stationery
        3. Using Signatures
          1. Creating a Signature
          2. Using a Signature
          3. Deleting a Signature
        4. Additional Ideas for Making Email Look Pretty
      9. 47. Organizing Your Email
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Sorting Messages
        3. Searching for Messages
        4. Using Smart Mailboxes
          1. Creating a New Smart Mailbox
          2. Editing a Smart Mailbox
          3. Deleting a Smart Mailbox
        5. Using Rules to Sort Messages
          1. Creating a Folder for Sorted Messages
          2. Creating Rules
          3. Editing and Deleting Rules
        6. Additional Ideas for Organizing Email
      10. 48. Dealing with Junk Email
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Using Junk Mail Filtering
          1. Configuring the Junk Mail Filter
          2. Identifying Junk Mail
          3. Deleting Junk Mail
        3. Additional Ideas for Dealing with Junk Email
      11. 49. Video Chatting with FaceTime
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Setting Up a FaceTime Account
        3. Accepting a FaceTime Call
        4. Temporarily Turning FaceTime Off
        5. Making a Call with FaceTime
        6. Additional Ideas for Using FaceTime
      12. 50. Instant Messaging with iChat
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Setting Up an iChat Account
        3. Starting iChat
          1. Calling Someone Through iChat
          2. Adding a Name to Your Buddy List
        4. Chatting with Others in iChat
          1. Starting a Text Chat
          2. Starting an Audio Chat
          3. Starting a Video Chat
        5. Additional Ideas for Using iChat
    10. VII. Maintaining Your Mac
      1. 51. Learning About Your Macintosh
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Identifying Your Operating System Version, Processor Type, and Memory
        3. Identifying Your Macintosh Serial Number
        4. Identifying Your Monitor’s Resolution
        5. Identifying Your Hard Disk’s Free Space
        6. Identifying Your Macintosh’s Memory (RAM)
        7. Additional Ideas
      2. 52. Conserving Energy While Using Your Macintosh
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Sleepy Time
        3. Forcing Your Macintosh to Sleep
        4. Making Your Macintosh Sleep (and Start) on a Schedule
        5. Additional Ideas for Conserving Energy
      3. 53. Ejecting Stuck CDs or DVDs
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. How to Eject a CD or DVD Normally
        3. How to Eject a Stuck CD or DVD
          1. Eject from the Disk Utility Program
          2. Eject from the Terminal Program
          3. Restart and Hold Down the Left Mouse Button
        4. Additional Ideas for Ejecting and Preventing Stuck CDs or DVDs
      4. 54. Password Protecting Your Macintosh
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Password Protecting Screensaver and Sleep Mode
        3. Password Protecting System Preferences
        4. Disabling Automatic Login
        5. Choosing and Changing Your Passwords
        6. Additional Ideas for Password Protecting Your Macintosh
      5. 55. Encrypting Your Data and Guarding Your Privacy
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Encrypting Your Hard Disk
        3. Turning Off Location Services
        4. Additional Ideas for Encrypting Your Data
      6. 56. Configuring the Firewall
        1. What You’ll Be Using
        2. Turning the Firewall On (or Off)
        3. Configuring the Firewall
        4. Additional Ideas for Using the Firewall
    11. A. The Next Step
    12. Index
    13. About the Author
    14. Colophon
    15. B. Updates