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The Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Pocket Guide by Jeff Carlson - Ginormous knowledge, pocket sized.

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4. Applications and the Dock

Whenever you’re doing something in Mac OS X, you’re doing it in an application. Writing in Microsoft Word or BBEdit; correcting photos in iPhoto or Adobe Photoshop; crunching numbers in Numbers; editing video in iMovie...each application is the difference between interacting with your Mac and having a box of plastic that props up your television.

This chapter covers how to run applications, as well as how to install and update them (a more complicated topic than one might expect). And we can’t talk about applications without looking at the Dock, Apple’s go-to place for accessing applications (and more).

Launch Applications

Starting an application is known as launching, no doubt because in the ...

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