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Teach Yourself VISUALLY™ iMac®

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The perfect introduction for getting up and running and T getting the most out of your iMac

Apple's iMac is a sleek, all-in-one desktop. In a clear, easy-to-follow visual format, Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac demonstrates everything you need to know about your new Apple iMac, from the iMac's features and capabilities to the most common peripherals you'll be using with it. Whether you're a total newbie to Macs and the Mac OS or an experienced user looking for expert tips to improve your experience, this book is your perfect guide.

  • Takes you through the basics to get up and running with the iMac's plug-and-play simplicity

  • Walks you through setting up a customized desktop, working with the OS, working with email, and troubleshooting and maintenance tricks that will extend the life of an iMac

  • Explores such topics such as editing photos in iPhoto, creating award winning home movies with iMovie, and connecting all those cool devices like an iPhone or iPod so that readers can kick back and chill out with iTunes

  • Shows you how to browse the web with Safari, use iCal to track appointments, and what to do if something should ever go wrong with your iMac

With 450 rich, full color screenshots and illustrations, and straight-forward step-by-step instructions, Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac will quickly make you comfortable with your iMac and help you master the advanced features that make the iMac so cool.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Praise for Visual Books
  3. Credits
  4. About the Author
  5. Author's Acknowledgments
  6. How to use this book
    1. Who Needs This Book
    2. Book Organization
    3. Chapter Organization
    4. What You Need to Use This Book
    5. Using the Mouse
      1. Click
      2. Double-click
      3. Right-click
      4. Click and Drag, and Release the Mouse
    6. The Conventions in This Book
      1. Bold
      2. Italics
      3. Numbered Steps
      4. Bulleted Steps
      5. Indented Text
      6. Notes
      7. Icons and buttons
  7. 1. Getting Started with Your iMac
    1. 1.1. Set Up Your iMac
    2. 1.2. Start Your iMac and Log In
    3. 1.3. Connect Your iMac to the Internet
    4. 1.4. Connect Your iMac to a Wired Network
    5. 1.5. Connect Your iMac to a Wireless Network
    6. 1.6. Connect a Printer to Your iMac
    7. 1.7. Connect an iPhone or iPod to Your iMac
    8. 1.8. Connect External Drives to Your iMac
    9. 1.9. Give Commands from the Menus and Toolbar
    10. 1.10. Open, Close, Minimize, and Hide Windows
    11. 1.11. Put Your iMac to Sleep and Wake It Up
    12. 1.12. Log Out and Shut Down Your iMac
  8. 2. Sharing Your iMac with Other People
    1. 2.1. Create a User Account for Another User
    2. 2.2. Configure Your iMac So Several People Can Use It
    3. 2.3. Share Your iMac with Fast User Switching
    4. 2.4. Turn On Parental Controls for an Account
    5. 2.5. Choose Which Applications a User Can Run
    6. 2.6. Prevent a User from Seeing Inappropriate Content
    7. 2.7. Control Whom a User Can E-mail and Chat With
    8. 2.8. Set Time Limits for Logging On
    9. 2.9. See What a Controlled User Has Done on the iMac
  9. 3. Running Applications and Creating Documents
    1. 3.1. Open and Close an Application
    2. 3.2. Install an Application
    3. 3.3. Switch Quickly to Other Applications
    4. 3.4. See All the Windows Open on Your iMac
    5. 3.5. Create and Save a Document
    6. 3.6. Close and Open a Document
    7. 3.7. Edit a Document
    8. 3.8. Use Mac OS X's Help System
  10. 4. Managing Your Files and Folders with the Finder
    1. 4.1. Understanding Where to Store Files on Your iMac
    2. 4.2. Using the Finder's Four Views Effectively
    3. 4.3. Look Through a File without Opening It
    4. 4.4. Search for a File or Folder
    5. 4.5. Save a Search in a Smart Folder
    6. 4.6. Create and Name a New Folder
    7. 4.7. Copy a File from One Folder to Another
    8. 4.8. Move a File from One Folder to Another
    9. 4.9. Rename a File
    10. 4.10. View the Information about a File or Folder
    11. 4.11. Compress Files for Easy Transfer
    12. 4.12. Burn Files to a CD or DVD
    13. 4.13. Erase a CD or DVD
    14. 4.14. Throw a File in the Trash
  11. 5. Surfing the Web with Safari
    1. 5.1. Open and Close Safari
    2. 5.2. Open a Web Page
    3. 5.3. Follow a Link to a Web Page
    4. 5.4. Open Several Web Pages at Once
    5. 5.5. Find Your Way from One Page to Another
    6. 5.6. Return to a Recently Visited Page
    7. 5.7. Change the Page Safari Opens at First
    8. 5.8. Keep Bookmarks for Web Pages You Like
    9. 5.9. Find Interesting Web Sites
    10. 5.10. Download a File from the Internet
    11. 5.11. Keep Up to Date with News Feeds
    12. 5.12. Choose Essential Security Settings
  12. 6. Sending and Receiving E-mail and Files
    1. 6.1. Open and Close Apple Mail
    2. 6.2. Set Up Your E-mail Account
    3. 6.3. Send an E-mail Message
    4. 6.4. Get Your Messages and Read Them
    5. 6.5. Reply to a Message
    6. 6.6. Send a Message on to Someone Else
    7. 6.7. Send a File via E-mail
    8. 6.8. Receive a File via E-mail
    9. 6.9. Get Your E-mail on Any Computer
    10. 6.10. Create Notes
    11. 6.11. Create To-Do Items
    12. 6.12. Reduce the Amount of Spam You Receive
  13. 7. Keeping Yourself Organized with iCal and Address Book
    1. 7.1. Open and Close iCal
    2. 7.2. Find Your Way around the Calendar
    3. 7.3. Create a New Calendar
    4. 7.4. Create a One-Shot Appointment
    5. 7.5. Create a Repeating Appointment
    6. 7.6. Create a To-Do Item
    7. 7.7. Share Your Calendar with Other People
    8. 7.8. Subscribe to a Calendar Someone Is Sharing
    9. 7.9. Open and Close Address Book
    10. 7.10. Add Someone to Your Address Book
    11. 7.11. Change the Information for a Contact
    12. 7.12. Organize Your Contacts into Groups
  14. 8. Chatting with Text, Audio, and Video
    1. 8.1. Open and Close iChat
    2. 8.2. Add Someone to Your Buddy List
    3. 8.3. Chat with a Buddy Using Text
    4. 8.4. Chat with a Buddy Using Audio and Video
    5. 8.5. Send and Receive Files While You Chat
  15. 9. Enjoying Music, Video, and DVDs
    1. 9.1. Open and Close iTunes
    2. 9.2. Add Your CDs to the iTunes Library
    3. 9.3. Buy More Songs Online
    4. 9.4. Play Songs
    5. 9.5. Play Videos
    6. 9.6. Create Playlists of Songs You Like
    7. 9.7. Have iTunes Create Playlists for You
    8. 9.8. Create a Custom CD of Your Songs
    9. 9.9. Listen to Radio Stations over the Internet
    10. 9.10. Enjoy Podcasts
    11. 9.11. Watch a DVD on Your iMac
  16. 10. Making the Most of Your Photos
    1. 10.1. Open and Close iPhoto
    2. 10.2. Import Photos from Your Digital Camera
    3. 10.3. Browse through Your Photos
    4. 10.4. Crop a Photo to the Right Size
    5. 10.5. Rotate or Straighten a Photo
    6. 10.6. Remove Red-Eye from a Photo
    7. 10.7. Improve the Colors in a Photo
    8. 10.8. Add an Effect to a Photo
    9. 10.9. Sort Your Photos into Events
    10. 10.10. Create Albums of Your Photos
    11. 10.11. Create a Slideshow of Your Photos
    12. 10.12. Publish Photos to a MobileMe Gallery
    13. 10.13. Send a Photo via E-mail
    14. 10.14. Take Photos or Videos of Yourself
  17. 11. Creating Your Own Movies
    1. 11.1. Open and Close iMovie
    2. 11.2. Import Video from a Tape Camcorder
    3. 11.3. Import Video from a Digital Camcorder
    4. 11.4. Import Video from a Digital Camera
    5. 11.5. Import Video Files from Your iMac
    6. 11.6. Create a Movie Project
    7. 11.7. Select the Video Footage You Want to Use
    8. 11.8. Build the Movie Project from Clips
    9. 11.9. Add Transitions between Video Clips
    10. 11.10. Add a Still Photo to the Movie Project
    11. 11.11. Create a Soundtrack for the Movie
    12. 11.12. Add Titles and Credits
    13. 11.13. Share the Movie on YouTube
  18. 12. Customizing Your iMac to Suit You
    1. 12.1. Change Your Desktop Background
    2. 12.2. Set Up a Screen Saver
    3. 12.3. Make the Dock Show the Icons You Need
    4. 12.4. Create Hot Corners to Run Exposé Easily
    5. 12.5. Give Yourself More Desktop Space
    6. 12.6. Add a Second Monitor So You Can See More
    7. 12.7. Make the Keyboard and Mouse Easier to Use
    8. 12.8. Make the Screen Easier to See
    9. 12.9. Tell Spotlight Which Folders to Search
    10. 12.10. Control Your iMac with Your Voice
    11. 12.11. Save Time by Running Applications Each Time You Log In
    12. 12.12. Save Power by Putting Your iMac to Sleep
    13. 12.13. Choose When to Check for Software Updates
  19. 13. Using Your iMac on a Network
    1. 13.1. Connect to a Shared Folder
    2. 13.2. Share a Folder on the Network
    3. 13.3. Connect to a Shared Printer
    4. 13.4. Share Your iMac's Printer on the Network
    5. 13.5. Share Your iMac's Screen with Another Mac
    6. 13.6. View Your iMac's Screen from Another Mac
    7. 13.7. Connect Remotely to Your iMac via Back to My Mac
  20. 14. Keeping Your iMac and Your Data Safe
    1. 14.1. Understanding Threats to Your iMac and Your Data
    2. 14.2. Install Antivirus Software
    3. 14.3. Scan Your iMac for Viruses
    4. 14.4. Turn Off Automatic Login
    5. 14.5. Increase the Security of the Mac OS X Firewall
    6. 14.6. Recognize and Avoid Phishing Attacks
  21. 15. Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your iMac
    1. 15.1. Reclaim Space by Emptying the Trash
    2. 15.2. Keep Your iMac Current with the Latest Updates
    3. 15.3. Back Up Your Files with Time Machine
    4. 15.4. Recover Your Files from a Time Machine Backup
    5. 15.5. Remove Applications You No Longer Need
    6. 15.6. See Which Application Is Causing Your iMac Problems
    7. 15.7. Force a Crashed Application to Quit
    8. 15.8. Recover When Mac OS X Crashes
    9. 15.9. Solve Problems with Corrupt Preference Files
    10. 15.10. Troubleshoot Disk Permission Errors
    11. 15.11. Repair Your iMac's Hard Disk
    12. 15.12. Reinstall Mac OS X to Solve Severe Problems