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My MacBook (Mountain Lion Edition), 3rd Edition

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My MacBook (Mountain Lion Edition), 3rd Edition

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  • Copyright 2013
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 464
  • Edition: 3rd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-310188-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-310188-1

Covers 2010 and later MacBook/Air/Pro models

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to MacBook photos that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into MacBook or OS X Mountain Lion problems or limitations.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your MacBook.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your
MacBook working just the way you want. The tasks include:

• Managing and arranging your desktop
• Staying on top of important changes with Notification Center
• Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control
• Opening and organizing applications in Launchpad
• Accessing the Internet through wired, wireless, and cellular networks
• Joining and using iCloud services
• Communicating via email, instant messages, audio, and video
• Keeping in touch and on-time with Calendars and Contacts
• Being social with Facebook, Twitter, and Game Center
• Entertaining with music and videos
• Downloading and managing software from the App Store and other sources
• Sharing files, printers, and even scanners over your network connection
• Protecting and securing your data
• Recording video and sharing it instantly online
• Expanding your capabilities with peripheral devices
• Troubleshooting system problems

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Table of Contents

Prologue      1
Getting to Know the MacBook Hardware      1
What You Need to Know      4
Understanding iCloud and Apple ID     12
Windows Compatibility     13

Chapter 1  Managing Your MacBook Desktop     19
Organizing in the Dock     20
Customizing Finder Windows     24
Arranging and Grouping Files     26
Previewing Document Contents with Quick Look     28
Using Instant-Access Utilities in the Dashboard     31
Finding Information with Spotlight     34
Keeping Track of Application Events with Notifications     38

Chapter 2  Making the Most of Your MacBook’s Screen Space     43
Swimming in a Sea of Application Windows with Mission Control     44
Managing and Launching Applications with Launchpad     53
Managing Auto Open and Save Features     61

Chapter 3  Connecting Your MacBook to a Network     65
Connecting to a Wired Network     66
Connecting to a Wireless Network     67
Manually Configuring Network Settings     72
Making Mobile Connections with the iPhone and Cellular Data Cards     78
Creating Virtual Private Network Connections     85
Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations     88
Seeking Automated Network Assistance     91

Chapter 4  Accessing iCloud, Email, and the Web     95
Setting Up iCloud     96
Exploring Unique iCloud Services     100
Getting Started with Accounts     108
Using Mail     110
Web Browsing in Safari     136

Chapter 5  Being Social with Messages, FaceTime, Twitter, Facebook, and Game Center     157
Instant Messaging with Messages     158
Video Calls with FaceTime     176
Using the Mountain Lion Twitter and Facebook Posting Support     182
Getting Your Game on with Game Center     186

Chapter 6  Keeping Contacts, Appointments, Reminders, and Notes     197
Managing Contacts in Contacts     198
Working with Schedules in Calendar     212
Remembering with Reminders     226
Keeping Track with Notes     232

Chapter 7  Sharing Devices, Files, and Services on a Network     243
File Sharing on Your MacBook     244
Sharing Files via Share Sheets     256
Sharing Printers     261
Sharing a Scanner     264
Sharing an Optical Drive     266
Sharing Your MacBook Screen     268
Sharing Your Internet Connection     274

Chapter 8  Accessing Entertainment on the Go     279
Using DVD Player     280
Viewing Browser Video or Downloaded Video Files     283
Creating a Media Library in iTunes     287

Chapter 9  Installing and Managing Software on Your MacBook     311
Mac App Store    312
Installing Non-App Store Applications     318
Keeping Your Applications and Operating System Up-To-Date     321

Chapter 10  Making the Most of Your MacBook Hardware     325
Balancing Battery Life and Performance     326
Updating Keyboard Settings     329
Changing Trackpad Options     335
Adjusting the LCD Display     338
Setting Sound Input and Output     342
Recording Audio, Video, and Screen Actions     347

Chapter 11  Connecting Devices to Your MacBook     353
Connecting USB Input Devices     354
Using Bluetooth Devices     356
Using External Displays and Projectors     361
Connecting to an Apple TV (or Other Device) with AirPlay     365
Connecting and Using a Printer     369
Connecting and Using a Scanner     374

Chapter 12  Securing and Protecting Your MacBook     379
Working with Users and Groups     380
Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access     388
Encrypting Your Mountain Lion Disk     392
Limiting Application Execution     394
Achieving Network Security with the Built-in Firewall     395
Backing Up Important Information     398

Chapter 13  Troubleshooting Your MacBook System     409
Dealing with Troublesome Software     410
Restarting and Correcting a Frozen Machine     414
Fixing Disk Problems with Disk Utility     419
Gathering Information About Your MacBook     423
Remember Your Backups!     427

Chapter 14  Upgrading Your MacBook     429
Upgrading Your Built-In Hardware     430
Adding External Storage     433

Index     438


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