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OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide

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Get the concise information you need to start using OS X Mountain Lion, the latest version of the Mac operating system. This handy guide goes right to the heart of the OS, with details on system preferences, built-in applications, utilities, and other features. Once you’re familiar with the fundamentals, use this book as a resource for problem-solving on the fly.

Table of Contents

  1. OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide
  2. Preface
    1. Conventions Used in This Book
      1. Menu Symbols
    2. Attribution and Permissions
    3. Safari® Books Online
    4. How to Contact Us
    5. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. What’s New in Mountain Lion?
    1. Improved iCloud Integration
    2. Sharing Everywhere
      1. Twitter Abounds
      2. Notification Center
      3. Reminders
      4. Notes
      5. Updated Updating
      6. Gatekeeper
      7. Messages
      8. Game Center
      9. AirPlay Mirroring
      10. Dictation
      11. But Wait, There’s More!
  4. 2. Installing Mountain Lion and Migrating Data
    1. What You Need to Run Mountain Lion
    2. Preparing for the Install
    3. Installing Mountain Lion
      1. After the Install
      2. Moving Data and Applications
      3. Networking Options When Migrating Data
      4. Fine-Tuning Data Migration
  5. 3. A Quick Guide to Mountain Lion
    1. What You Need to Know About OS X
      1. User Accounts
        1. Setting up accounts
      2. The Home Folder
    2. Using Mountain Lion
      1. Starting Up
        1. Startup key commands
      2. Logging In
      3. Logging Out, Sleeping, and Shutting Down
        1. Shut down and log out shortcuts
    3. Mountain Lion Basics
      1. The Menu Bar
        1. The Apple menu
        2. The Application menu
        3. Standard Application menus
        4. Menu extras
        5. The Accounts menu
        6. Spotlight
        7. Notification Center
        8. Use the menu bar less
      2. The Desktop
      3. Mastering the Finder
        1. Customizing the Finder toolbar
        2. The sidebar
        3. Finder preferences
        4. Finder views
        5. Common Finder tasks
      4. The Dock
        1. Dock Exposé
        2. Dock menus
        3. Stack view options
        4. Trash
        5. Dock preferences
      5. The Application Switcher
    4. Standard Window Controls
      1. Resizing Windows
    5. Full-Screen Applications
    6. Files and Folders
      1. Regular Folders
      2. Burn Folders
      3. Smart Folders
    7. Nonessential (but Useful) OS X Features
      1. Sharing (Almost) Everywhere
    8. Auto Save and Versions
      1. Searching with Spotlight
        1. Changing the order of Spotlight’s results
        2. Controlling the results Spotlight displays
        3. Controlling what Spotlight indexes
      2. Managing File Info
    9. Resume
  6. 4. Troubleshooting OS X
    1. Common Problems
      1. Misbehaving Applications
        1. An application stops responding
        2. The Finder stops responding
        3. Force quitting greedy processes
        4. USB device problems
        5. Battery problems
        6. Display problems
      2. Startup Problems
        1. Your Mac beeps instead of starting
        2. Your hard drive is making noises
        3. Startup troubleshooting
        4. Reset your PRAM
  7. 5. System Preferences
    1. Preference Pane Rundown
      1. General
      2. Desktop & Screen Saver
      3. Dock
      4. Mission Control
      5. Language & Text
      6. Security & Privacy
        1. General tab
        2. FileVault tab
        3. Firewall tab
        4. Privacy
      7. Spotlight
      8. Notifications
      9. CDs and DVDs
      10. Displays
      11. Energy Saver
      12. Keyboard
        1. Keyboard tab
        2. Keyboard Shortcuts tab
      13. Mouse
        1. Magic Mouse options
        2. Mighty Mouse options
        3. If you’re using a non-Apple mouse
      14. Trackpad
        1. Multitouch trackpads
      15. Print & Scan
      16. Sound
        1. Sound Effects tab
        2. Output tab
        3. Input tab
      17. iCloud
        1. Contacts
        2. Calendar & Reminders
        3. Notes
        4. Safari
        5. Photo Stream
        6. Documents & Data
        7. Back to My Mac
        8. Find My Mac
      18. Mail, Contacts & Calendars
      19. Network
      20. Bluetooth
      21. Sharing
      22. Users and Groups
      23. Parental Controls
        1. Apps
        2. Web
        3. People
        4. Time Limits
        5. Other
      24. Date & Time
      25. Software Update
      26. Dictation & Speech
        1. Dictation tab
        2. Text to Speech tab
      27. Time Machine
      28. Accessibility
        1. Display
        2. VoiceOver
        3. Zoom
        4. Audio
        5. Mouse & Trackpad
        6. Mouse Keys
        7. Slow Keys
        8. Sticky Keys
        9. Speakable Items
      29. Startup Disk
    2. Non-Apple Preference Panes
  8. 6. Built-in Applications and Utilities
    1. Applications Installed with Mountain Lion
      1. App Store
      2. Automator
      3. Calculator
      4. Calendar
      5. Chess
      6. Contacts
      7. Dashboard
      8. Dictionary
      9. DVD Player
      10. FaceTime
      11. Font Book
      12. Game Center
      13. Image Capture
      14. iTunes
      15. Launchpad
      16. Mail
        1. Adding new accounts
        2. Add a signature to outgoing mail
        3. Enable junk mail filtering
        4. Add a mailbox
        5. Quickly delete junk mail
        6. Search your mail
      17. Messages
      18. Mission Control
      19. Notes
      20. Photo Booth
      21. Preview
      22. QuickTime Player
      23. Reminders
      24. Safari
        1. Change the home page
        2. Change the default browser
        3. Control which pages are shown in Top Sites
        4. Find a page you didn’t bookmark
        5. Block pop-up ads
        6. Change where downloaded items are saved
        7. Control cookies
        8. Get rid of Safari’s history
        9. Add a URL to the desktop
        10. Browse privately
        11. Turn off Autofill
        12. Customize Safari’s toolbar
      25. Stickies
      26. System Preferences
      27. TextEdit
      28. Time Machine
    2. Utilities Included with Mountain Lion
      1. Activity Monitor
      2. AirPort Utility
      3. AppleScript Editor
      4. Audio MIDI Setup
      5. Bluetooth File Exchange
      6. Boot Camp Assistant
      7. ColorSync Utility
      8. Console
      9. DigitalColor Meter
      10. Disk Utility
      11. Grab
      12. Grapher
      13. Java Preferences
      14. Keychain Access
      15. Migration Assistant
      16. Network Utility
      17. RAID Utility
      18. System Information
      19. Terminal
      20. VoiceOver Utility
      21. X11
  9. 7. Managing Passwords in Mountain Lion
    1. Password Management
      1. Recovering a Forgotten Password
      2. Make a Great Password
      3. Storing Secure Notes
      4. Add a Keychain Access Menu Extra
      5. Securing Your Data
  10. 8. Keyboard Commands and Special Characters
    1. Key Commands
      1. Customizing Key Commands
    2. Typing Special Characters in OS X
  11. Index
  12. About the Author
  13. Colophon
  14. Copyright