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The OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide by Jeff Carlson

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3. Apps, the Dock, and Mission Control

Whenever you’re doing something in 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...you’re using features included in an application.

This chapter covers how to run applications, as well as how to install and update them—a more complicated topic than one might expect, but made easier via the Mac App Store. And we can’t talk about applications without looking at the Dock, Apple’s go-to place for accessing applications (and more), and switching between apps using Mission Control.

Launch Applications

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

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