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  • Copyright 2010
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-4326-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4326-8

This book delivers a state-of-the-art, customized Snow Leopard learning experience to every user. It integrates outstanding step-by-step guidance and real-life examples with easy-to-use online content - including how-to screencasts, instructor videos, podcasts, and more. Leading computer trainer Yvonne Johnson covers everything you want to know and do with Snow Leopard. What's more, she carefully explains the "why" as well as the "how," so you understand more and get productive faster. Johnson walks beginning-to-intermediate Snow Leopard users through all this, and more:: " Getting comfortable with Snow Leopard, tailoring the desktop, and managing files and applications " Making the most of Snow Leopard's web and productivity applications, including Safari, Mail, iCal, and Address Book " Using the Mac's easy, powerful creativity tools, including iPhoto and iMovie " Keeping Macs safe and up-to-date This book's easy step-by-step instructions give beginners a solid foundation for using Snow Leopard, and its tightly-linked online content expands on these basics - offering bonus practical advice, tips, suggestions, activities, and advanced techniques.

  • The next best thing to live, one-on-one Snow Leopard personal instruction, without the cost!
  • Packed with real-life examples and step-by-step guidance from one of the world's most experienced computer trainers
  • Covers everything you want to do - from creativity to productivity to security
  • Integrated with online how-to screencasts, instructor videos, and podcasts
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    Table of Contents

    Introduction     xix

    Part I: Introducing Mac OS X Snow Leopard

    1 Setting Up Snow Leopard     2

    Initializing a New Computer     2

        Following the Prompts     3

        Selecting the Language     3

        Selecting a Keyboard Layout     5

        Importing Data     7

        Selecting the Network     8

        Registering the Mac     8

        Answering Demographic Questions     9

        Creating Your User Account     9

    Purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan     12

    Purchasing a MobileMe Account     13

    Keeping Records     14

        Recording Apple ID Information     15

        Recording User Account Information     15

        Recording AppleCare Protection Plan Information     16

        Recording MobileMe Information     17

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard     17

        Troubleshooting the Installation     20

        Settling In     20

    2 Getting Comfortable with Snow Leopard     21

    Starting Up     21

    Exploring the Desktop     21

    Using the Dock     23

        Launching Applications     23

        Quitting Applications     24

        Checking Out the Dashboard     4

        Looking at Stacks     26

        Going through the Trash     28

    Using Menus     28

        Using the Menu Bar     29

        Using Contextual Menus     31

    Exploring the Finder Window     32

        Identifying Components of the Finder Window      32

        Exploring the Sidebar     34

        Using the Icon View      36

        Using the List View     36

        Using the Column View     37

        Using the Cover Flow View     38

        Observing the Default Behavior of the Finder     39

    Launching Safari for the First Time     39

    Sharing Your Computer with Another User     41

        Setting Up Another User Account     41

        Setting Up a Guest Account     44

        Deleting a User Account     44

        Logging In and Out     45

    Putting Your Mac to Sleep or Shutting It Down     46

        Putting the Mac to Sleep     47

        Shutting Down     47

    3 Getting Familiar with Your Hardware     49

    Controlling the Screen Brightness     49

    Adjusting the Sound     50

        Using the Keyboard to Adjust Sound     50

        Setting Sound Preferences     50

    Setting Keyboard Preferences     52

        Setting the Full Keyboard Access Option     52

        Setting Keyboard Preferences for a Laptop     53

    Operating the Mouse or Trackpad     53

        Using the Mouse     53

        Setting Mouse Preferences     53

        Using the Trackpad     54

        Setting Trackpad Preferences     55

    Using CD/DVD Drives     56

        Inserting and Ejecting Discs     56

        Setting Preferences for CDs and DVDs     57

    Using External Drives     58

        Connecting a Drive     59

        Ejecting a Drive     59

    Installing and Managing Printers     59

        Connecting and Using a Printer     59

        Setting a Default Printer     61

    Setting Up a Simple Network     62

    4 Tailoring the Desktop to Your Liking     63

    Setting System Preferences     63

    Customizing the Desktop Background     65

    Working with Icons on the Desktop     67

        Showing Icons for Disks     67

        Adding and Deleting Icons on the Desktop     68

        Arranging Icons     69

        Customizing the Appearance of Icons on the Desktop     70

    Customizing the Appearance of the Dock     71

        Positioning and Sizing the Dock     72

        Animating the Dock     73

        Working with Stacks     73

    Working with Icons in the Dock     74

        Deleting Icons in the Dock     74

        Adding Application Icons     75

        Adding Folder and File Icons     75

        Moving Icons     76

    Customizing the Finder     76

        Customizing the Finder Toolbar     76

        Customizing the Menu Bar     77

    Setting Date & Time Preferences     78

        Setting the Mac’s Date, Time, and Time Zone     79

        Customizing the Clock     80

        Setting the Date and Time Formats     81

    Using a Screen Saver     82

    5 Making Use of Support Resources     85

    Using Help on the Mac     85

        Navigating the Help Files     86

        Sizing the Help Window     89

        Using the Index     89

    Using Apple’s Online Support     90

        Going to the Apple Support Page     91

        Searching     92

        Refining Search Techniques     93

        Using Advanced Search     93

    Searching the Web for Help     94

    Getting Help from Apple Discussion Forums     95

    Talking to an Apple Expert     95

    Getting Help One to One     96

    Visiting the Genius Bar     97

    Getting Free Training     98

        Using Online Training     98

        Taking a Free Workshop     98

    6 Managing Applications and Files     99

    Handling Open Applications     99

        Resizing and Moving Windows     99

        Minimizing Windows     100

        Closing Windows     100

        Switching Between Windows on the Desktop     101

        Using Expose     101

        Using Spaces     102

    Forcing an Application to Quit     103

    Installing Applications     104

    Exploring the File Structure     104

    Adapting the Finder to Your Use     107

        Customizing the Sidebar     107

        Setting the Default View     108

    Creating Different Types of Folders     109

        Creating New Folders     109

        Creating Smart Folders     111

    Working with Files     112

        Finding Files     112

        Using Color Labels     112

        Using Spotlight in the Finder     112

        Using Spotlight in the Menu Bar     113

        Using Quick Look     114

        Opening and Closing Files     115

        Renaming Files and Folders     116

        Opening Multiple Finder Windows     116

        Copying Files     117

        Moving Files     118

        Moving Files to the Trash (Deleting)     119

    Part II: Getting Busy

    7 Browsing the Web     121

    Opening Safari     121

        Setting Safari Preferences     121

        Using Top Sites     123

    Setting Parental Controls     123

    Browsing in Tabs or Windows     124

    Navigating the Web     125

    Working with Bookmarks     127

        Bookmarking a Web Page     127

        Using a Bookmark     127

        Organizing Bookmarks     128

        Customizing the Bookmarks Bar     129

        Harnessing the Power of Bookmarks     129

        Downloading and Viewing Files     130

    Saving Web Pages     130

    Customizing Safari’s Toolbar     131

    Quitting Safari     131

    8 Keeping Your Address Book and Schedule     132

    Using the Address Book     132

        Customizing the Template     133

        Creating Address Cards     134

        Finding, Editing, and Deleting an Address Card     135

        Working with Groups     136

    Using iCal     136

        Viewing, Navigating, and Printing the Calendar     137

        Adding Events to the Calendar     139

        Finding, Editing, and Deleting an Event     140

        Creating a New Calendar     141

        Creating To Do Lists     141

    9 Emailing and Chatting Online     143

    Using Mac Mail     143

        Getting Set Up     143

        Exploring the Mail Window     144

        Viewing and Reading Email     145

        Opening Attachments     147

        Sending New Messages and Replies     148

        Sending Attachments     152

        Filtering Spam     153

        Finding Messages     153

        Deleting Messages     154

        Organizing Your Messages     154

        Working with Reminders     155

        Quitting Mail     155

    Using iChat     156

        Opening iChat the First Time     156

        Working with the Buddy List     157

        Showing Your Status     158

        Chatting with Text     159

        Sending a Text Message     160

        Chatting with Audio     160

        Chatting with Video     161

        Making Presentations with iChat Theater     161

        Sharing Your Computer     162

        Quitting iChat     162

    10 Using TextEdit     163

    Working with Documents     163

    Navigating and Editing Text     166

        Navigating in a Document     166

        Editing Text     166

        Correcting Spelling     167

        Finding and Replacing Text     167

        Inserting Page Breaks     168

    Setting Margins and Tabs     168

        Setting the Margins     169

        Setting Tabs     170

    Formatting Text     170

        Adding Emphasis     171

        Selecting a Font Type and Size     172

    Formatting Paragraphs     172

        Setting Alignment     172

        Setting Spacing Options     172

    Exploring Other Formatting Features     173

    Printing     174

    11 Managing and Editing Your Photos     175

    Setting Up iPhoto     175

    Importing Photos and Movies     176

    Viewing Photos     179

        Increasing the Photo Size on Screen     181

        Viewing Photos in a Simple Slideshow     181

    Viewing, Changing, and Adding Photo Information     183

        Viewing Information for Photos     183

        Changing Photo Information     185

        Using Keywords     186

        Assigning Ratings     187

    Viewing and Changing Information for Events     187

    Sorting Photos     189

    Exploring Methods to Organize Photos     190

        Splitting, Merging, and Creating Events     190

        Copying, Deleting, and Moving Photos     192

        Organizing by People’s Faces     192

        Organizing by Place     195

        Flagging Photos 197

        Collecting Pictures in Photo Albums     198

    Searching for Photos     199

    Editing Photos     199

    Sharing Photos with Others     202

        Emailing Photos     202

        Putting Photos on a Disc     203

        Printing Photos     204

        Sharing Photos Online     205

    12 Using Widgets and Other Applications     206

    Using Widgets     206

        Managing Widgets     206

        Downloading More Widgets     208

        Creating Your Own Web Clip Widget     208

    Using Preview     209

    Consulting the Dictionary     211

    Posting Stickies     212

    Using the Calculator     214

    13 Keeping Your Mac Safe, Updated, and Backed Up     216

    Safely Surfing the Web     216

        Exploring Security Settings     216

        Using a Firewall     218

    Working with the Keychain     218

    Maintaining Your Mac Software     218

        Getting Software Updates     219

        Upgrading to New Versions of Mac Applications     220

    Backing Up with Time Machine     220

        Creating Full Backups     220

        Restoring Data     221

        Being Diligent     222

    Part III: Having Fun and Getting Creative

    14 Watching Movies, Listening to Music, and Playing Games     224

    Watching Movies and Videos     224

        Using DVD Player     224

        Using Front Row     225

        Using QuickTime Player     226

        Attaching Your Mac to a TV     226

    Listening to Music with iTunes     227

        Adding Music to the Library     228

        Creating and Using Playlists     229

        Burning a Music CD     230

        Listening to Radio     231

    Listening to Music in Front Row     231

    Acquiring and Playing Podcasts     231

    Playing Games     232

    15 Being Creative with Photos     233

    Making Self-Portraits in Photo Booth     233

        Taking Pictures and Movies     233

        Sending Photos and Movies to iPhoto or Email     234

    Creating and Exporting Slideshows     235

    Designing and Publishing a Photo Book     237

    Creating Other Keepsakes     241

    Using Comic Life     243

    16 Making Your Own Movies     244

    Getting Started     244

    Adding Video to the Events Library     246

    Playing Clips in the Event Library     248

    Creating and Playing a New Movie Project     248

    Trimming and Splitting Clips     249

    Adding Transitions between Clips     250

    Adding Titles     251

    Sharing and Exporting Movies     252

    17 Making Your Own Audio Recordings     254

    Getting Started     254

    Creating a Magic GarageBand Project     255

    Creating a Voice Project     256

        Recording the Track     258

    Playing the Recording     259

        Adding and Deleting Tracks     259

        Adding Loops     259

        Exporting a Recording     260

    18 Making Your Own DVDs     261

    Getting Started     261

    Creating a Magic iDVD Project     262

    Enhancing a Project     264

        Customizing Menu Buttons and Titles     264

        Adding a Submenu     266

        Configuring a New Submenu     266

    Editing Drop Zones and Menu Backgrounds     267

        Adding Sound to a Menu     267

    Adding a ROM Section     267

    Burning the Disc     268

    19 Creating a Website     269

    Opening iWeb and Creating a New Site     269

    Designing the Site     271

        Adding Pages     272

        Hyperlinking to External Pages and Files     274

        Moving and Deleting Pages     274

    Editing Pages     274

        Adding Graphics and Videos     274

        Adding Your Own Text     275

        Adding Special Buttons and Widgets     277

        Deleting Web Page Elements     277

    Publishing the Site     277

    Index     279

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