- Using Mac OS X Applications
- Installing Other Applications
- Launching Applications
- Opening Applications and Files
- Switching Between Applications
- Quitting Applications
- Playing Chess
- Creating an Address Book
- Editing an Address Book
- Managing and Sharing an Address Book
- Adding an Image to an Address Book
- Performing Graph Calculations
- Performing Calculations and Conversions
- Capturing Images with a Digital Camera
- Capturing Screen Shots with Grab
- Previewing Images and PDFs
- Creating Sticky Notes
- Managing Fonts with Font Book
- Activating, Deactivating, and Customizing Fonts
- Working with Dashboard
- Using Dashboard Widgets
- Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets
- Creating a Web Clip Dashboard Widget
Opening Applications and Files
As you open applications and files, their names are kept in the Recent Items submenu in the Apple menu for easy access the next time you want to open a specific application or file. The Mac OS has always allowed you to double-click a document icon to launch the application used to create it and the document itself. If the Mac OS doesn’t know what application created it (and gives you an error message), you can use drag and drop in the Dock to help you open the document. You can drag a document icon in the Dock on an application icon. If a document is stored in the Documents folder, you can click the Documents folder in the Dock and then click the document in the stack list to open it.
Open Recently Used Applications and Files
- Click the Apple menu, and then point to Recent Items.
- Click the recent application or file under the Applications or Documents listing.
- To clear the recent list, click the Apple menu, point to Recent Items, and then click Clear Menu.
Open Applications and Files
- Double-click the document icon.
- Drag the document icon to the application icon in the Dock, either the one that created the document or one that will accept it. If the application can possibly open it, the application icon becomes highlighted. Release the icon to open the application and the document.
- Click the Documents folder in the Dock, and then click a document in the stack list.