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  • Combines step-by-step training with quick-reference material students can rely on long after they've mastered the core skills they need  
  • Provides easy-to-follow task-based coverage: most tasks are only one or two pages
  •  Provides end-of-chapter workshops and online resources for readers who like to learn hands-on - including exclusive bonus training at queondemand.com
  •  Helps upgraders by presenting a detailed list of new features, indexed to the pages where these features are covered


  • Copyright 2010
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3985-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3985-8

Mac OS X Snow Leopard in Depth

What you need When you need it!

Need answers quickly? Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Inside the Book

·         Master the Mac OS X Snow Leopard user interface, file management, and applications

·         Find everything you need with Spotlight

·         Find and use keyboard shortcuts to save time

·         Explore the Internet with Safari and send e-mail with Mail

·         Manage and play digital music with iTunes and iPod

·         Chat online instantly with iChat

·         Manage and share your schedule with iCal

·         Get a Front Row seat to play DVDs and other media

·         Set up multiple users and maintain security

·         Keep your files up to date and backed up with Time Machine

·         Customize and fine-tune Mac OS X Snow Leopard

·         Use Microsoft Windows along with Snow Leopard

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix

1 Getting Started with Mac OS X Snow Leopard 1

Starting Mac OS X 2

Exploring the Finder and Desktop 4

Using the Mouse 6

Working with Menus, Toolbars, and Panes 7

Using Menus for Quick Results 8

Choosing Dialog Options 9

Working with Icons 10 New!

Viewing Windows 12 New!

Managing Windows 14 New!

Using the Sidebar 16 New!

Using Toolbars 17

Displaying and Using the Dock 18

Displaying and Using Stacks on the Dock 19 New!

Exposing Windows 20 New!

Grouping Windows into Spaces 21 New!

Switching Users 22 New!

Sleeping, Restarting, and Shutting Down 24 New!

2 Managing Files and Folders 25

Opening and Viewing Disks 26

Viewing and Opening Documents 28

Changing the Window View 30 New!

Arranging Files and Folders in Icon View 32

Working with Files and Folders in List View 34

Viewing Files with Cover Flow 36

Working with Files and Folders in Column View 37

Viewing Files Using Quick Look 38

Going to Common or Recent Places 39

Organizing Files and Folders by Color 40

Creating and Renaming Files and Folders 42

Copying and Moving Files and Folders 44

Using Spring-Loaded Folders 46

Sharing Files or Folders with Others 47

Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders 48 New!

Getting and Setting File Information 50

Creating a CD or DVD Using the Finder 52

Mounting and Ejecting Disks 54

3 Finding What You Want with Spotlight 55

Finding Information Using Spotlight 56

Finding Information in the Spotlight Window 58

Filtering Spotlight Results 60

Grouping and Sorting Spotlight Results 62 New!

Working with Spotlight Results 63

Setting Spotlight Preferences 64 New!

Searching for Files Using the Find Window 66

Searching for Hard to Find Information 68

Working with Find Window Results 69

Creating and Using Smart Folders 70

Using Smart Folders in the Sidebar 72

Getting Help While You Work 74

Getting Help Using Spotlight 76

4 Customizing the Finder 77

Understanding Finder Preferences 78 New!

Showing Icons on the Desktop 79

Customizing the Way Windows Open 80

Showing or Hiding File Extensions 81

Customizing Finder Window Views 82

Customizing the Toolbar 84

Customizing the Sidebar 86 New!

Customizing the Dock 88

Creating Aliases 90

Customizing Exposé 92

Setting Up and Customizing Spaces 93 New!

Using Simple Finder 94

5 Setting System Preferences 95

Understanding System Preferences 96

Viewing System Preferences 98

Locking and Unlocking Preference Settings 99

Changing Appearance Options 100 New!

Setting Up the Desktop 102 New!

Setting Up Screen Savers 103 New!

Setting the Date and Time 104 New!

Changing Language Options 106 New!

Changing Text Substitution Options 108 New!

Saving Energy and Managing Power 110

Selecting a Startup Disk 112

Changing the Way a CD or DVD Starts 113

Controlling Sound 114

Recognizing Your Speech 116

Letting Mac Do the Talking 118

Setting Universal Access Options 120 New!

Having VoiceOver Read from the Screen 122

Setting VoiceOver Preferences 124

Using VoiceOver Commands 126

Setting Ink Preferences 128

6 Using Mac OS X Applications 129

Using Mac OS X Applications 130

Installing Other Applications 131

Launching Applications 132

Opening Applications and Files 133

Switching Between Applications 134

Quitting Applications 136

Playing Chess 137

Creating an Address Book 138

Editing an Address Book 140

Managing and Sharing an Address Book 142 New!

Adding an Image to an Address Book 144

Performing Graph Calculations 145

Performing Calculations and Conversions 146

Capturing Images with a Digital Camera 148

Capturing Screen Shots with Grab 149

Previewing Images and PDF’s 150 New!

Creating Sticky Notes 152

Managing Fonts with Font Book 153 New!

Activating, Deactivating, and Customizing Fonts 154

Working with Dashboard 156

Using Dashboard Widgets 158

Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets 160

Creating a Web Clip Dashboard Widget 162

7 Working with Documents 163

Creating and Opening a Document 164

Editing Text 166

Recognizing Handwriting Ink 168 New!

Making Corrections 170

Making Text Substitutions 171 New!

Checking Spelling and Grammar 172

Looking Up Words with Dictionary 174 New!

Finding and Replacing Text 176 New!

Formatting Text 178

Displaying Rulers 179

Setting Paragraph Tabs 180

Setting Paragraph Indents 181

Changing Character Spacing 182

Changing Line Spacing 183

Adding Lists and Tables 184

Applying and Creating a Style 186

Inserting Special Characters 188

Adding Pictures, Movies, or Files to a Document 189

Saving and Closing a Document 190

Using TextEdit for Web Design 192

Setting TextEdit Preferences 194

8 Printing and Faxing 195

Understanding Printers 196

Understanding Printer Drivers 197 New!

Adding or Removing a Printer 198

Setting Print Settings 200

Sharing a Printer 202

Setting Up Page Options 204

Setting Basic Print Options 206

Previewing Documents 208

Saving Documents as PDF Documents 209

Using Desktop Printers 210

Managing Print Queues 211

Scheduling Print Jobs 212

Creating a Cover Page 213

Sending Fax Documents 214

Receiving Faxes Automatically on Your Computer 216

Addressing Faxes from the Address Book 218

9 Exploring the Internet 219

Connecting to the Internet 220

Setting Up a Modem Connection 222

Setting Up an Ethernet Connection 223

Setting Up an AirPort Wireless Connection 224 New!

Setting Up Multiple Connections 225

Making an Internet Connection 226

Understanding Web Sites and Browsers 227

Starting and Customizing Safari 228

Viewing the Safari Window 229

Browsing the Web 230

Browsing the Web Using Tabs 232

Viewing Top Sites 234 New!

Changing the Home Page 235

Viewing a History List 236 New!

Bookmarking a Web Page 237

Working with Bookmarks 238 New!

Viewing and Bookmarking RSS Feeds 240

Filling Out Forms on the Web 242

Searching the Web 244

Printing a Web Page 246

Viewing PDF Files 247

Saving a Web Page 248

Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page 249

Downloading Files Safely from the Web 250

Setting Safari Preferences 252

Setting Security Preferences 254

Blocking Pop-Up Windows 255

Selecting a Default Browser 256

10 Exchanging Messages Using Mail 257

Starting Mail 258

Setting Up an Account 260 New!

Managing Accounts 262

Viewing the Mail Window 264

Composing and Sending an E-Mail 265

Addressing an E-Mail 266

Adding Stationery to E-Mail 268 New!

Formatting Message Text 269

Adding an E-Mail Signature 270

Creating Notes and Tracking To-Do’s 271

Receiving and Reading E-Mail 272

Responding to E-Mail 274

Sending and Retrieving a File 276

Managing E-Mail 278 New!

Deleting E-Mail 280

Saving E-Mail 282

Searching E-Mail for Text 283

Blocking and Bouncing E-Mail 284

Diverting Incoming E-Mail to Mailboxes 286

Creating a Smart Mailbox 287

Getting RSS Feeds in E-Mail 288

11 Conducting Live Chats and Video Conferences 289

Creating an Instant Message Account 290

Starting iChat 292

Viewing iChat 293

Changing My Status 294 New!

Using the iChat Status Menu 295

Adding a Buddy 296

Changing a Buddy Picture 297

Creating and Managing Buddy Groups 298

Sending and Receiving Instant Messages 300 New!

Blocking a Buddy 302 New!

Sending a File During an Instant Message 303 New!

Having an Audio and Video Chat 304

Enhancing a Video Chat 306 New!

Chatting on a Local Network 308 New!

Changing the Appearance of a Chat 310 New!

Getting Notification Alerts 312

12 Working with Music and Media 313

Starting and Setting Up iTunes 314

Viewing the iTunes Window 315

Setting Up iTunes to Automatically Play CDs 316

Getting and Playing Music from CDs 317

Getting Media from the iTunes Music Store 318

Using and Creating Playlists 320

Adding Media to a Playlist 322

Listening to Internet Radio 323

Subscribing and Playing Podcasts 324

Using iPod or iPhone with iTunes 325

Burning CDs and Exporting to MP3 Players 326

Setting iTunes Preferences 328

Capturing Photos in Photo Booth 329

Recording Movies in Photo Booth 330

Adding Photo Booth Effects 331

Playing and Browsing DVD Movies 332

Customizing the DVD Player 333

Playing QuickTime Movies 334 New!

Creating QuickTime Movies 336 New!

Erasing a CD or DVD 338

Starting and Exploring Front Row 339

Viewing Media in Front Row 340

Changing Settings in Front Row 341

Exploring iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto 342

13 Exploring MobileMe 343

Joining the MobileMe Community 344

Accessing Your MobileMe Account 345

Changing MobileMe Account Preferences 346

Managing MobileMe Mail 348

Creating a MobileMe Address Book 350

Working with MobileMe Calendar 352

Creating a MobileMe Gallery 354

Viewing and Sharing a MobileMe Gallery 356

Backing Up Your Files Using MobileMe 358

Managing Files with iDisk 360

Setting iDisk Preferences 362

Getting MobileMe Online Support 364

14 Tracking and Synchronizing Information 365

Viewing the iCal Window 366 New!

Creating a To Do List 367

Creating and Working with Calendars 368

Adding and Editing Calendar Events 370 New!

Publishing and Subscribing to a Calendar 372

Printing Calendars and To Do Lists 374

Adding Portable Devices to iSync 375

Setting Device Synchronization Options 376

Setting iSync Preferences 377

Setting Up MobileMe Synchronization 378

Resetting MobileMe Synchronization 379

Keeping Track of Passwords with Keychain 380

Working with Keychains 381

Modifying Keychains 382

Adding Keychains 384

15 Setting Up Accounts and Maintaining Security 385

Understanding User Accounts 386

Activating the Login Window 387

Adding a User Account 388

Deleting a User Account 389

Setting File Access Permissions 390

Setting Account Access Privileges 391

Setting Parental Controls 392

Specifying Log In and Start Up Items 394

Setting Fast User Switching 396

Setting System Security Preferences 397

Restoring the Administrator Password 398

Managing Files with the Home Folder 400

Protecting the Home Folder with FileVault 401

Sharing Files with Other Users 402

16 Managing Files Using a Network 403

Using Network Sharing Services 404

Setting Up File Sharing 406

Sharing an Internet Connection 408

Configuring an Internet Firewall 409

Setting Up a Local Area Network 410

Setting Up a Network Connection 411

Setting Up for Different Network Connections 412

Setting Up a Bluetooth Wireless Network 413

Moving Items with Bluetooth 414

Setting Bluetooth Preferences 415

Browsing the Network with the Finder 416

Connecting to Another Computer 418

Connecting Your Mac Using a MobileMe Account 420

Controlling a Computer with Screen Sharing 422

Setting Up Mac and Windows to Share Files 424

Connecting from a Windows 7 or Vista Computer 425

Connecting from a Windows XP Computer 426

Connecting to a Network Over the Internet 428

Exploring Additional Utility Applications 430

17 Maintaining Your Computer 431

Downloading and Installing Software 432

Automating Software Updates 433

Opening Compressed Files 434

Compressing and Uncompressing Files and Folders 435

Using Application Services 436 New!

Understanding Disk File Systems 437

Formatting and Copying a Disk 438

Fixing Disk Problems 440

Optimizing a Disk 441

Starting Your Computer from a Mac OS 9 Disk 442

Migrating Information Between Macs 443

Monitoring System Activities 444

Viewing System Messages with the Console 446

Viewing System Information with System Profiler 447

Forcing a Restart 448

18 Managing Hardware 449

Installing Hardware Devices 450

Viewing Hardware Settings 451

Changing Mouse Settings 452 New!

Changing Keyboard Settings 453

Changing Monitor Display Settings 454

Measuring Display Colors with the Digital Color Meter 456

Selecting Colors with the Color Picker 457

Matching Colors to Devices with ColorSync 458

Configuring Audio MIDI Devices 460

Preventing Hardware Problems 462

Removing Hardware Devices 464

19 Working with Mac OS X Along with Windows 465

Preparing a Mac for Windows 466

Installing Windows on a Mac 468

Starting Up with Mac OS X or Windows 470

Using Windows on a Mac 472 New!

Removing Windows 474

20 Backing Up Everything with Time Machine 477

Setting Up Time Machine for Backups 478 New!

Performing a Backup 479

Excluding Items from a Backup 480

Working with a Backup 481

Recovering Backed Up Items 482

Recovering an Entire Computer System 484

Creating a Disk Image to Backup Files 486

Burning a CD or DVD from a Disk Image 488

Restoring a Disk Image 489

Backing Up Files onto a CD or DVD 490

21 Automating Your Work 491

Introducing Automator 492

Viewing the Automator Window 494

Getting Started with Automator 495 New!

Opening an Existing Workflow 496

Opening an Example Workflow 497

Working with an Example Workflow 498

Adding Actions to a Workflow 500

Adding Variables to an Action 501

Recording an Action 502

Working with Workflows 503

Running and Stopping a Workflow 504

Saving a Workflow 505

Using a Workflow as Plug-ins 506

Understanding AppleScript Basics 507

Using Ready-Made AppleScripts 508

Writing and Recording AppleScripts 510

Using AppleScript with Automator 512

A Appendix: Installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard 513

Preparing to Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard 514 New!

Determining the Current Mac OS Version 515

Installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard 516 New!

Configuring Mac OS X Snow Leopard 518

Downloading Mac OS X Tools from Apple 520

New Features 521 New!

Index 527


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