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  • Copyright 2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-264977-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-264977-3

Easy Mac® Computer Basics

See it done. Do it yourself.  It’s that Easy! Easy Mac Computer Basics teaches you the fundamentals of working with your Mac and how to work with other Apple hardware such as iPod, iPhone, AppleTV, and so on. Fully illustrated steps with simple instructions guide you through each task, building the skills you need to download and manage your music and videos with ease. No need to feel intimidated—we’ll hold your hand every step of the way.

Learn how to…

•    Set up and customize your Mac or MacBook

•    Connect and synchronize a Mac with an iPod or iPhone

•    Install Windows on your Mac with Boot Camp

•    Synchronize Address Book and iCal data with your Mac, iPod, and iPhone

•    Set up Time Capsule on a wireless network

•    Create albums and edit photos with iPhoto

•    Play music and movies in iTunes

•    Connect to the Internet, surf with Safari, chat with your buddies, and send and receive email in Mail

•    Access your iDisk, chat, and publish a website with MobileMe, iChat, and iWeb

Easy steps guide you through each task.

Items you select or click are shown in bold.

Each step is fully illustrated.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

1 Setting Up and Connecting Your Mac with

iPod and iPhone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Setting Up an iMac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Setting Up a MacBook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Navigating the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Navigating the Dock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Navigating Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Connecting an iPod to a Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Connecting an iPhone to a Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Syncing Content to an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Setting Up and Syncing Content to an iPhone . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

2 Working with Files and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Showing and Hiding Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

Moving and Resizing Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Choosing a View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Selecting and Moving Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

Copying a File or Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

Deleting a File or Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Sharing Files and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Finding Files or Folders Using Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Renaming a File or Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Compressing Files and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

3 Customizing Mac OS X Leopard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

Customizing File and Folder Views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

Customizing the Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

Setting the Desktop Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

Customizing the Screen Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

Adjusting Mouse Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

Changing Keyboard Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

Changing the Date and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Working with Spaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

Customizing Icons on the Dock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Changing Your Computer’s Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

4 Installing and Using Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

Installing and Opening Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Opening a File with TextEdit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

Working with TextEdit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

Copy and Pasting Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

Using the Font Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Using Front Row to Surf Your Music, Movies, and Photos . . . .57

Showing and Hiding Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

Saving a PDF File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Using Preview to Navigate a PDF File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

Viewing Photos with Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

5 Using Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62

Installing iWork ‘08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

Creating a Word Processing Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65

Adding and Editing Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66

Finding Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

Adding and Editing Shapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68

Working with Inline and Floating Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

Working with Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70

Creating Linked Text Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71

Adding a Page Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72

Working with Headers and Footers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73

Inserting a Footnote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74

Saving a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75

Printing a Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

Customizing Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

Customizing the Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78

Exporting to Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

Printing a Spreadsheet with Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80

Playing a Slideshow with Keynote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82

6 Connecting to the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84

Setting Up the Internet Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86

Setting Up a Wired Internet Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88

Setting Up a Wireless Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

Surfing the Web with Safari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92

Adding a Bookmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93

Viewing Multiple Pages in a Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

Configuring MobileMe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95

Accessing Files on MobileMe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96

Creating a Web Page on MobileMe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97

Creating a Photo Grid Page with iWeb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

Publishing a Website to MobileMe with iWeb . . . . . . . . . . . . .100

Sending Files Attached to Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101

7 Setting Up a Wireless Home Network . . . . . . . . . . .102

Setting Up an AirPort Extreme Base Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104

Configuring an AirPort Extreme Time Capsule . . . . . . . . . . . .106

Connecting to a Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108

Choosing a Different Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109

Sharing Files with Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110

Connecting to a Windows Vista Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112

8 Managing and Syncing Contacts with

Address Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114

Adding a Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116

Edit an Address Book Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

Adding a New Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118

Removing a Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

Creating a Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120

Printing a Mailing List with Address Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

Syncing Contacts with iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122

Syncing Names with iPhone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

9 Managing and Syncing Your Calendar

with iCal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126

Adding an Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128

Editing an Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129

Creating a Repeating Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130

Customizing Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131

Adding a Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132

Moving an Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133

Syncing Events with an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134

Syncing Events with iPhone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136

10 Playing Music and Movies in iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138

Configuring iTunes in OS X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140

Purchasing a Song or Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141

Playing Music in iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142

Playing a Movie in iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143

Playing a Podcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144

Creating an iTunes Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145

Removing Songs from a Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146

Ripping an Audio CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147

Burning an Audio CD in iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148

Purchasing a TV Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149

Disabling Auto-Syncing with an iPod or iPhone . . . . . . . . . . . .150

Manually Syncing with an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151

Permanently Removing Music and Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152

Transferring Purchases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

Authorizing a Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154

Backing Up Music and Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155

Exporting a Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156

Importing a Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157

11 Working with Digital Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158

Navigating Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160

Importing Photos on your Hard Drive into iPhoto . . . . . . . . . .162

Creating an Album . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163

Deleting Photos from an Album . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164

Removing Red-Eye in a Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

Retouch a Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166

Rotating a Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

Cropping a Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168

Exporting Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169

Importing Photos from a Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170

Syncing Photos to iPod and iPhone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171

12 Working with the Built-in Camera and

Photo Booth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172

Taking a Still Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174

Making a Movie Clip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175

Deleting a Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .176

Viewing Photos as a Slideshow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .177

Exporting a Photo to iPhoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .178

Creating a Buddy Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179

13 Chatting and Sharing Files with iChat . . . . . . . . . . .180

Setting Up Your MobileMe Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182

Setting Up a Google Talk Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184

Adding a Buddy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185

Chatting with a Buddy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186

Changing Your Online Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187

Sharing Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188

Sharing Images in iChat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189

Customizing Your iChat Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .190

Sharing Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .192

Saving a Chat Session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .193

Customizing Your Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .194

Starting a Bonjour Chat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .195

14 Adding New Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196

Connecting a Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .198

Removing a Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .199

Adding a Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200

Connecting to Another Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202

Connecting to an Apple TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203

Connecting to a Computer via FTP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .204

Using an iPod as a Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205

Connecting a TV as a Second Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .206

Connecting a Wireless Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207

Connecting a Wireless Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208

Selecting a Time Capsule Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .209

Connecting to a Mobile Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210

15 Running Windows on Your Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212

Installing Windows with Boot Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .214

Customizing Your Windows Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .218

Installing iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219

Adding and Playing Music in iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220

Syncing Your iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .221

16 Protecting Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .222

Changing Your Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224

Creating Accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225

Removing User Accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226

Disabling Automatically Opening Files in Safari . . . . . . . . . . .227

Blocking Pop-Up Windows in Safari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228

Locking and Unlocking the Keychain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229

Deleting Selected Cookies in Safari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230

Clearing Safari’s Cache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231

Removing All Cookies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232

Viewing Active Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233

17 Taking Care of Your Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234

Backing Up Files with Time Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .236

Restoring Files with Time Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .237

Backing Up Files to a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238

Using Disk Utility to Check the Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .239

Repairing Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .240

Checking for Software Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241

Manually Installing Software Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .242

Partitioning a Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .243

Sending Crash Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .244

Resetting an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246

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