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OS X® Mountain Lion on Demand, Second Edition

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Need answers quickly? OS X Mountain Lion on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Inside the Book

• Find and preview everything you need with Spotlight

• Master the OS X Mountain Lion user interface and file management

• Use the App Store and full-screen apps for maximum efficiency

• Explore the Internet with Safari and send e-mail with Mail

• Manage and play digital music with iTunes and iPod or iPhone

• Chat online instantly with Messages and FaceTime

• Manage and share your schedule with Calendar

• Send files wirelessly to anyone around you with AirDrop

• Keep your files backed up with Time Machine

• Automatically save document changes as you work with Auto Save

• Use multi-touch gestures and keyboard shortcuts to save time

• Post content straight to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Vimeo

• Use Microsoft Windows along with Mountain Lion

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Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Acknowledgments
    1. Perspection, Inc.
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. About the Author
    4. We Want to Hear from You!
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. How This Book Works
    2. What’s New
    3. Keyboard Shortcuts
    4. Step-by-Step Instructions
    5. Real World Examples
    6. Workshops
    7. Get More on the Web
  6. 1. Getting Started with OS X Mountain Lion
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting OS X
    3. Exploring the Finder and Desktop
    4. Using the Mouse or Multi-Touch Gestures
    5. Working with Menus, Toolbars, and Panes
    6. Using Menus for Quick Results
    7. Choosing Dialog Options
    8. Working with Icons
    9. Viewing Windows
    10. Managing Windows
    11. Using the Sidebar
    12. Using Toolbars
    13. Displaying and Using the Dock
    14. Displaying and Using Stacks on the Dock
    15. Exposing Windows in Mission Control
    16. Grouping Windows in Mission Control
    17. Switching Users
    18. Sleeping, Restarting, and Shutting Down
  7. 2. Managing Files and Folders
    1. Introduction
    2. Opening and Viewing Disks
    3. Viewing and Opening Documents
    4. Changing the Window View
    5. Arranging Files and Folders in Icons View
    6. Working with Files and Folders in List View
    7. Viewing Files with Cover Flow View
    8. Working with Files and Folders in Columns View
    9. Viewing Files Using Quick Look
    10. Going to Common or Recent Places
    11. Organizing Files and Folders by Color
    12. Creating and Renaming Files and Folders
    13. Copying and Moving Files and Folders
    14. Using Spring-Loaded Folders
    15. Sharing Files Using Online Services
    16. Delete Files and Folders
    17. Getting and Setting File Information
    18. Creating a CD or DVD Using the Finder
    19. Mounting and Ejecting Disks
  8. 3. Finding What You Want with Spotlight
    1. Introduction
    2. Finding Information Using Spotlight
    3. Finding Information in the Spotlight Window
    4. Filtering Spotlight Results
    5. Grouping and Sorting Spotlight Results
    6. Working with Spotlight Results
    7. Setting Spotlight Preferences
    8. Searching for Files Using the Find Window
    9. Searching for Hard to Find Information
    10. Working with Find Window Results
    11. Creating and Using Smart Folders
    12. Getting Help While You Work
    13. Getting Help Using Spotlight
  9. 4. Customizing the Finder
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Finder Preferences
    3. Showing Icons on the Desktop
    4. Customizing the Way Windows Open
    5. Showing or Hiding File Extensions
    6. Customizing Finder Window Views
    7. Customizing the Toolbar
    8. Customizing the Sidebar
    9. Customizing the Dock
    10. Creating Aliases
    11. Customizing Mission Control
    12. Using Simple Finder
  10. 5. Setting System Preferences
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding System Preferences
    3. Viewing System Preferences
    4. Locking and Unlocking Preference Settings
    5. Changing Appearance Options
    6. Setting Up the Desktop
    7. Setting Up Screen Savers
    8. Setting the Date and Time
    9. Changing Language Options
    10. Changing Text Substitution Options
    11. Saving Energy and Managing Power
    12. Selecting a Startup Disk
    13. Changing the Way a CD or DVD Starts
    14. Controlling Sound
    15. Dictating Your Speech
    16. Letting Mac Do the Talking
    17. Setting Accessibility Options
    18. Having VoiceOver Read from the Screen
    19. Setting VoiceOver Preferences
    20. Using VoiceOver Commands
    21. Setting Ink Preferences
  11. 6. Using OS X Applications
    1. Introduction
    2. Getting Apps at the App Store
    3. Downloading and Installing Other Apps
    4. Using OS X Apps
    5. Launching Apps
    6. Opening Apps and Files
    7. Viewing Full-Screen Apps
    8. Switching Between Apps
    9. Quitting Apps
    10. Playing Chess
    11. Playing Games with the Game Center
    12. Creating a Contacts List
    13. Editing a Contacts List
    14. Managing and Sharing a Contacts List
    15. Performing Calculations and Conversions
    16. Capturing Images with a Digital Camera
    17. Capturing Screen Shots with Grab
    18. Previewing Images and PDF’s
    19. Using Apps with Auto Save
    20. Creating Sticky Notes
    21. Managing Fonts with Font Book
    22. Activating, Deactivating, and Customizing Fonts
    23. Working with Dashboard
    24. Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets
    25. Creating a Web Clip Dashboard Widget
  12. 7. Working with Documents
    1. Introduction
    2. Creating and Opening a Document
    3. Editing Text
    4. Recognizing Handwriting Ink
    5. Making Corrections
    6. Making Text Substitutions
    7. Checking Spelling and Grammar
    8. Looking Up Words with Dictionary
    9. Finding and Replacing Text
    10. Formatting Text
    11. Displaying Rulers
    12. Setting Paragraph Tabs
    13. Setting Paragraph Indents
    14. Changing Character Spacing
    15. Changing Line Spacing
    16. Adding Lists and Tables
    17. Applying and Creating a Style
    18. Inserting Special Characters
    19. Adding Pictures, Movies, or Files to a Document
    20. Saving and Closing a Document
    21. Using TextEdit for Web Design
    22. Setting TextEdit Preferences
  13. 8. Printing and Faxing
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Printers
    3. Understanding Printer Drivers
    4. Adding or Removing a Printer
    5. Setting Print Settings
    6. Sharing a Printer
    7. Setting Up Page Options
    8. Setting Basic Print Options
    9. Previewing Documents
    10. Saving Documents as PDF Documents
    11. Managing Print Queues
    12. Creating a Cover Page
    13. Scanning Documents
    14. Sending Fax Documents
    15. Receiving Faxes Automatically
  14. 9. Exploring the Internet
    1. Introduction
    2. History of the Internet and the World Wide Web
    3. Connecting to the Internet
    4. Setting Up a Modem Connection
    5. Setting Up an Ethernet Connection
    6. Setting Up a Wireless Connection
    7. Setting Up Multiple Connections
    8. Making an Internet Connection
    9. Understanding Web Sites and Browsers
    10. Starting and Customizing Safari
    11. Viewing the Safari Window
    12. Browsing the Web
    13. Browsing the Web Using Tabs
    14. Using the Reader and Reading List
    15. Viewing Top Sites
    16. Changing the Home Page
    17. Viewing a History List
    18. Bookmarking a Web Page
    19. Working with Bookmarks
    20. Filling Out Forms on the Web
    21. Searching the Web
    22. Printing a Web Page
    23. Viewing PDF Files
    24. Saving a Web Page
    25. Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page
    26. Downloading Files Safely from the Web
    27. Setting Safari Preferences
    28. Setting Security Preferences
    29. Blocking Pop-Up Windows
    30. Changing Web Notifications
    31. Selecting a Default Browser and Search
  15. 10. Exchanging E-Mail Messages
    1. Introduction
    2. Setting Up Accounts in One Place
    3. Starting Mail
    4. Setting Up an Account
    5. Managing Accounts
    6. Viewing the Mail Window
    7. Composing and Sending an E-Mail
    8. Addressing an E-Mail
    9. Adding Stationery to E-Mail
    10. Formatting Message Text
    11. Adding an E-Mail Signature
    12. Customizing the Mail Window
    13. Receiving and Reading E-Mail
    14. Responding to E-Mail
    15. Sending and Retrieving a File
    16. Managing E-Mail
    17. Deleting E-Mail
    18. Saving E-Mail
    19. Searching E-Mail for Text
    20. Blocking and Flagging E-Mail
    21. Diverting Incoming E-Mail to Mailboxes
    22. Creating a Smart Mailbox
    23. Creating a VIP List
  16. 11. Sending Instant Messages
    1. Introduction
    2. Creating a Messages Account
    3. Starting Messages
    4. Viewing Messages
    5. Changing My Status
    6. Using the Messages Status Menu
    7. Adding a Buddy
    8. Changing a Buddy Picture
    9. Creating and Managing Buddy Groups
    10. Sending and Receiving Messages
    11. Sending a File During a Message
    12. Working with Messages
    13. Having an Audio and Video Chat
    14. Enhancing a Video Chat
    15. Changing Chat Message Options
    16. Chatting on a Local Network
    17. Changing the Chat Message Appearance
    18. Getting Chat Notification Alerts
    19. Blocking a Buddy
    20. Getting Started with FaceTime
    21. Making a Video Call with FaceTime
  17. 12. Working with Music and Media
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting and Setting Up iTunes
    3. Viewing the iTunes Window
    4. Setting Up iTunes to Automatically Play CDs
    5. Getting and Playing Music from CDs
    6. Getting Media from the iTunes Store
    7. Using and Creating Playlists
    8. Adding Media to a Playlist
    9. Socializing with Ping
    10. Subscribing and Playing Podcasts
    11. Using iPod, iPhone, or iPad with iTunes
    12. Listening to Internet Radio
    13. Streaming a Mac to Apple TV
    14. Burning CDs and Exporting to MP3 Players
    15. Setting iTunes Preferences
    16. Capturing Photos in Photo Booth
    17. Recording Movies in Photo Booth
    18. Adding Photo Booth Effects
    19. Playing and Browsing DVD Movies
    20. Customizing the DVD Player
    21. Playing QuickTime Movies
    22. Creating QuickTime Movies
    23. Exploring iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto
  18. 13. Sharing Information in the Cloud
    1. Introduction
    2. Joining the iCloud Community
    3. Setting iCloud Preferences
    4. Sharing with Back to My Mac
    5. Finding Your Mac
    6. Using iCloud on the Mac
    7. Using iCloud Enabled Apps
    8. Using iCloud on the Web
  19. 14. Tracking and Managing Information
    1. Introduction
    2. Viewing the Calendar Window
    3. Changing Calendar Views
    4. Creating and Working with Calendars
    5. Adding and Editing Calendar Events
    6. Inviting Attendees to Calendar Events
    7. Printing Calendars
    8. Publishing and Subscribing to a Calendar
    9. Sharing an iCloud Calendar
    10. Creating Reminder Lists
    11. Working with Reminder Lists
    12. Adding Notifications to Reminders
    13. Using Accounts for Reminders and Notes
    14. Creating and Managing Notes
    15. Using the Notification Center
    16. Posting Tweets to Twitter
  20. 15. Setting Up Accounts and Maintaining Security
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding User Accounts
    3. Activating the Login Window
    4. Adding a User Account
    5. Deleting a User Account
    6. Setting File Access Permissions
    7. Setting Account Access Privileges
    8. Setting Account Parental Controls
    9. Specifying Log In and Start Up Items
    10. Setting Fast User Switching
    11. Setting Security Preferences
    12. Setting Privacy Preferences
    13. Protecting Your Computer with FileVault
    14. Restoring Password Access
    15. Adding Keychains and Passwords
    16. Working with Keychains and Passwords
    17. Modifying Keychains and Passwords
    18. Managing Files with the Home Folder
  21. 16. Managing Files Using a Network
    1. Introduction
    2. Using Network Sharing Services
    3. Setting Up File Sharing
    4. Sharing an Internet Connection
    5. Configuring an Internet Firewall
    6. Setting Up a Local Area Network
    7. Setting Up a Network Connection
    8. Setting Up for Different Network Connections
    9. Setting Up a Bluetooth Wireless Network
    10. Moving Items with Bluetooth
    11. Setting Bluetooth Preferences
    12. Browsing the Network with the Finder
    13. Connecting to Another Computer
    14. Sharing Files or Folders with Others
    15. Sharing Files Wirelessly with AirDrop
    16. Controlling a Computer with Screen Sharing
    17. Setting Up Mac and Windows to Share Files
    18. Connecting from a Windows 7 or Vista Computer
    19. Connecting from a Windows XP Computer
    20. Connecting to a Network Over the Internet
    21. Exploring Additional Utility Applications
  22. 17. Maintaining Your Computer
    1. Introduction
    2. Downloading and Updating Software
    3. Automating Software Updates
    4. Opening Compressed Files
    5. Compressing and Uncompressing Files and Folders
    6. Using Application Services
    7. Understanding Disk File Systems
    8. Formatting and Copying a Disk
    9. Fixing Disk Problems
    10. Fixing Disk Permission Problems
    11. Erasing a CD or DVD Disc
    12. Migrating Information Between Macs
    13. Monitoring System Activities
    14. Viewing System Messages with the Console
    15. Viewing System Information
    16. Forcing a Restart
  23. 18. Managing Hardware
    1. Introduction
    2. Installing Hardware Devices
    3. Removing Hardware Devices
    4. Viewing Hardware Settings
    5. Changing Keyboard Settings
    6. Changing Mouse Settings
    7. Changing Trackpad Settings
    8. Changing Monitor Display Settings
    9. Measuring Display Colors with the Digital Color Meter
    10. Selecting Colors with the Color Picker
    11. Matching Colors to Devices with ColorSync
    12. Configuring Audio MIDI Devices
    13. Preventing Hardware Problems
  24. 19. Working with OS X Along with Windows
    1. Introduction
    2. Preparing a Mac for Windows
    3. Installing Windows on a Mac
    4. Starting Up with OS X or Windows
    5. Using Windows on a Mac
    6. Removing Windows
  25. 20. Backing Up Everything with Time Machine
    1. Introduction
    2. Setting Up Time Machine for Backups
    3. Performing a Backup
    4. Excluding Items from a Backup
    5. Working with a Backup
    6. Recovering Backed Up Items
    7. Recovering an Entire Computer System
    8. Creating a Disk Image to Backup Files
    9. Burning a CD or DVD from a Disk Image
    10. Restoring a Disk Image
    11. Backing Up Files onto a CD or DVD
  26. 21. Automating Your Work
    1. Introduction
    2. Introducing Automator
    3. Viewing the Automator Window
    4. Getting Started with Automator
    5. Opening an Existing Workflow
    6. Opening an Example Workflow
    7. Working with an Example Workflow
    8. Adding Actions to a Workflow
    9. Adding Variables to an Action
    10. Recording an Action
    11. Working with Workflows
    12. Running and Stopping a Workflow
    13. Saving a Workflow
    14. Using a Workflow as Plug-ins
    15. Understanding AppleScript Basics
    16. Using Ready-Made AppleScripts
    17. Writing and Recording AppleScripts
    18. Using AppleScript with Automator
  27. A. Appendix: Installing OS X Mountain Lion
    1. Introduction
    2. Preparing to Install OS X Mountain Lion
    3. Determining the Current OS X Version
    4. Getting Mac Information
    5. Getting OS X from the App Store
    6. Installing OS X Mountain Lion
    7. Reinstalling Mac OS X Mountain Lion
  28. New! Features
    1. OS X Mountain Lion
  29. Index
  30. Online Workshop
    1. Bonus Online Content
    2. OS X Mountain Lion Projects
    3. Bonus Online Content