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  • Copyright 2014
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5171-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5171-3

Covers Mavericks for iMac

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to iMac photos that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into hardware or operating system problems or limitations.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your iMac.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your iMac working just the way you want.
Tasks include:
• Managing, arranging, and tagging your files
• Staying on top of important events with Notification Center
• Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control
• Opening and organizing apps with Launchpad
• Connecting to and accessing network resources
• Activating and using iCloud services
• Communicating online with email, instant messaging, and video
• Keeping appointments with Calendar and Reminders
• Planning trips and checking traffic with Maps
• Being social with Facebook and Twitter integration
• Downloading and enjoying music, movies, and more
• Buying, reading, and annotating iBooks
• Getting the latest and greatest software from the App Store and other sources
• Challenging your friends to games with Game Center
• Protecting and securing your system and data
• Expanding your system with peripheral devices
• Troubleshooting common system problems



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Table of Contents

Prologue:  Getting Started with the iMac     1
Getting to Know the iMac Hardware     2
   Special Keyboard Keys     4
What You Need to Know     4
   The Menu Bar     5
   The Dock     5
   The Finder     6
   Tags     6
   The Launchpad     8
   Mission Control     8
   The App Store (and Security)     9
   The Notification Center     10
   System Preferences     10
   Window Controls     11
   Contextual Menus     12
   Gestures     12
   Dictation     12
Understanding iCloud and Apple ID     13
Windows Compatibility     14
   Boot Camp     14
   Virtualization     15
Chapter 1  Managing Your Desktop     19
Organizing in the Dock     20
   Adding and Removing Items from the Dock     20
   Using Folders and Stacks in the Dock     21
   Customizing the Dock’s Appearance     24
Customizing Finder Windows     25
   Configuring the Sidebar’s System Shortcuts     26
   Manually Modifying the Sidebar     27
   Modifying the Finder Toolbar     28
   Using Finder Window Tabs     29
   Opening Tabs with a Click      30
Arranging and Grouping Files     31
   Using All My Files     31
   Arranging a Finder View     32
   Assigning Tags     33
   Removing Tags     34
   Viewing Tags     34
   Managing Tags     35
Previewing Document Contents with Quick Look     37
   Viewing a File with Quick Look     38
   Previewing Files Using Finder Icons     40
Using Instant-Access Utilities in the Dashboard     40
   Activating the Dashboard     41
   Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets     42
   Configuring Dashboard Widgets     43
Finding Information with Spotlight     44
   Searching for Files and Information     45
   Customizing Spotlight Searching     46
   Saving Searches as Smart Folders in the Finder     47
Keeping Track of System Events with Notifications     48
   Receiving Notifications     49
   Viewing the Notification Center     49
   Customizing the Notification Display     51
   Activating Do Not Disturb Mode     53
   Customizing Do Not Disturb Mode     54
Chapter 2  Making the Most of Your Screen Space     57
Swimming in a Sea of Application Windows with Mission Control     58
   Opening and Closing Mission Control     58
   Navigating Applications and Windows     59
   Creating and Populating a New Space     60
   Closing a Space     63
   Creating Full-Screen Application Spaces     64
   Choosing Between Application Windows     65
   Showing the Desktop     66
   Configuring Mission Control Features and Shortcuts     67
Managing and Launching Applications with Launchpad     69
   Starting Launchpad     69
   Navigating Launchpad     70
   Searching Launchpad     71
   Rearranging Icons     72
   Creating New Folders     73
   Deleting Folders     74
   Deleting Applications     75
Managing Auto Open and Save Features     76
   Toggling Application Auto Open     76
   Setting Window Restoration     77
   Enabling Manual File Saving     78
Chapter 3  Connecting Your Mac to a Network     81
Connecting to a Wired Network     82
   Making an Ethernet (Wired) Connection     82
Connecting to a Wireless Network      84
   Making a Wireless Connection     84
   Authenticating on a Wireless Network     87
   Disabling (and Enabling) Wireless Networking     88
Manually Configuring Network Settings     89
   Configuring TCP/IP and Proxy Settings     89
   Activating PPPoE for DSL Connections     92
Creating Virtual Private Network Connections     94
   Creating a VPN Connection     94
Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations     96
   Creating Configurations     97
   Adding and Using Locations     98
Seeking Automated Network Assistance     100
   Launching Diagnostics     100
   Launching the Setup Assistant     101
Chapter 4  Setting Up iCloud Services and Internet Accounts     105
Setting Up iCloud     106
   Configuring iCloud for the First Time     106
   Activating iCloud Services     108
Exploring Unique iCloud Services     110
   Accessing iCloud Applications Online     110
   Using Find My Mac     111
   Using Documents and Data     113
   Using Photo Sharing     118
Getting Started with Accounts     122
   Adding an Account     123
Chapter 5  Accessing Email and the Web     127
Using Mail     128
   Things You Need Before Setting Up an Email Connection     128
   Adding an Email Account     129
   Configuring Advanced Account Settings     131
   Finding Your Way Around Mail     134
   Reading Email     135
   Composing Email     142
   Managing Your Email     146
Web Browsing in Safari     155
   Managing Your Bookmarks, Top Sites, and Reading List      156
   Advanced Browsing Features     162
   Adding Web Content to the Dashboard     173
   Extending Safari’s Capabilities with Extensions     175
Chapter 6  Sharing Files, Devices, and Services     179
File Sharing on Your Mac     180
   Using AirDrop to Wirelessly Share Files and Folders    180
   Configuring Traditional File and Folder Sharing    184
Sharing Files via Share Sheets     194
   Sharing Files via Messages     194
   Uploading Files to an Online Service     195
Sharing Printers     197
   Enabling Network Printer Sharing     198
   Setting Printer Sharing Permissions     199
   Accessing a Network Printer     200
Sharing an Optical Drive     202
   Enabling DVD and CD Sharing     202
   Accessing a Shared Optical Drive     203
Sharing Your Mac Screen     204
   Enabling Screen Sharing     204
   Setting Screen Sharing Permissions     205
   Accessing the Screen of a Local Mac     207
   Accessing Remote Computers and Non-Macs     209
Sharing Your Internet Connection     211
   Sharing Your Connection     211
Chapter 7  Being Social with Messages, FaceTime, Twitter, and Facebook     215
Instant Messaging with Messages      216
   Adding Accounts to Messages     216
   Logging into (and out of ) Your IM Account     221
   Configuring Your IM Identity     222
   Managing Your IM Buddy List     225
   Communicating with IM and iMessages     227
   Starting an IM Audio or IM Video Chat     231
   Sharing Your Files and Screen     232
Video Calls with FaceTime     235
   Setting Up FaceTime     236
   Placing FaceTime Calls     237
   Receiving a FaceTime Call     240
   Accessing Your Call List     241
   Disabling FaceTime     241
   Updating Account Information and FaceTime Addresses     242
Using the Mavericks Twitter and Facebook Posting Support     243
   Enabling Twitter     244
   Enabling Facebook     246
   Posting Tweets and Facebook Updates      247
Chapter 8  Managing Who, Where, When, and What     251
Managing Contacts in Contacts     252
   Adding Groups     253
   Using iCloud and Server-Based Contacts     261
   Sharing Contacts via Email and Messages     265
   Printing Addresses     266
Finding Your Way with Maps     267
   Starting and Navigating Maps     267
   Using Map Views     268
   Finding Places     270
   Working with Points of Interest     272
   Traveling with Maps     275
Working with Schedules in Calendar     277
   Adding Calendars     278
   Connecting to iCloud and Server-Based Calendars . . . . 280
   Viewing Calendars     285
   Working with Events     285
   Printing Calendars     293
Remembering with Reminders     294
   Creating a List     295
   Setting Reminder Attributes, Including Location     296
   Completing Reminders     298
   Finding Reminders     298
   Using iCloud and Server-Based Reminders     300
Keeping Track with Notes     301
   Managing Folders     301
   Adding Notes     303
   Moving Notes Between Folders     304
   Searching and Displaying Notes     304
   Sharing Notes via Email and Messages     306
   Using iCloud and Server-Based Notes     307
Chapter 9  Entertainment on the (Big) Little Screen     311
Creating a Media Library in iTunes     311
   Running iTunes for the First Time     312
   Finding Your Way Around iTunes     313
   Building Your Media Library     315
   Searching the Library     324
   Using Playlists     326
   Using the Mini Player     330
   Using iTunes Radio     331
   Syncing Media Between Devices     336
   Keeping an iCloud Library with iTunes Match     341
Reading Your iBooks     345
   Starting iBooks and Authorizing Your Mac     345
   Purchasing Books     347
   Viewing and Arranging Your Library     349
   Reading iBooks     353
Getting Your Game on with Game Center     357
   Signing into Game Center     358
   Navigating the Me Screen     360
   Managing Friends and Friend Requests     361
   Sizing Up Your Friends     364
   Browsing by Game     366
   Making and Taking a Challenge     367
Chapter 10  Installing and Managing Software on Your Mac     371
Mac App Store     372
   Logging into the App Store     372
   Browsing for Apps     373
   Searching for Apps     374
   Purchasing an App     375
   Reinstalling Apps and Installing Purchases on Other Macs     376
   Hiding Apps You No Longer Want     377
Installing Non–App Store Applications     378
   Unarchiving Zip Files     379
   Accessing Disk Images     380
Keeping Your Applications and Operating System Up-To-Date     382
   Configuring Software Updates and Auto Downloads     383
   Manually Applying Software Updates     384
Chapter 11  Making the Most of Your Mac Hardware     387
Going Green with Energy Saver    388
   Configuring Display, Computer, and Hard Disk Sleep     388
   Creating a Sleep/Wake Schedule     390
Updating Keyboard and Dictation Settings     391
   Setting Keyboard Repeat Rate     391
   Creating Keyboard Shortcuts     392
   Activating Dictation     396
Changing Trackpad and Mouse Options     398
   Setting the Trackpad Speed     398
   Controlling Trackpad Gestures     399
   Configuring the Magic Mouse Speed     401
   Configuring Magic Mouse Gestures     401
Adjusting Your Display     402
   Setting Display Resolution     403
   Controlling Display Brightness     404
   Choosing a Color Profile     405
   Calibrating the Display     406
Setting Sound Input and Output     408
   Setting the Output Volume     408
   Configuring Alert Sounds     409
   Choosing and Adjusting an Output Device     410
   Picking and Calibrating an Input Device     411
Recording Audio and Video     413
   Recording Audio     413
   Recording with the FaceTime HD Video Camera     414
Chapter 12  Connecting Devices to Your Mac     419
Connecting USB Input Devices     419
   Configuring a USB Keyboard     420
   Configuring a USB Mouse     421
Using Bluetooth Devices     422
   Pairing a Bluetooth Mouse or Trackpad     422
   Pairing a Bluetooth Keyboard     424
   Connecting a Bluetooth Headset     425
   Adding and Using the Bluetooth Status Menu     426
Using External Displays and Projectors     427
   Extending Your Desktop to Another Monitor     428
   Setting Monitor Arrangements     428
   Adding the Display Mirroring Menu to Your Menu Bar     430
   Using Mirrored Displays     431
Connecting to an Apple TV (or Other Device) with AirPlay     431
   Mirroring Your Display to an Apple TV    432
   Setting the AirPlay Apple TV Resolution     433
   Extending Your Desktop to an Apple TV     434
   Sharing Multimedia to an Apple TV     435
   Sending System Audio to an Apple TV     435
Connecting and Using a Printer     436
   Adding a Printer     436
   The Printing Process     440
Connecting and Using a Scanner     442
   Adding a Scanner     442
   Scanning in Preview     443
Chapter 13  Securing and Protecting Your Mac     447
Working with Users and Groups     448
   Creating User Accounts     448
   Adding Accounts     449
   Enabling the Guest Account     450
   Applying Parental Controls     450
   Creating Groups     453
   Configuring General Account Security     454
   Assigning File Permissions for Users and Groups     455
Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access     456
   Viewing Keychain Items     457
   Adding Data to the Keychain     458
   Creating a New Keychain     459
   Adding a Keychain Menu Item     460
Encrypting Your Mavericks Disk     460
   Activating FileVault     461
Limiting Application Execution     463
Adding Network Security with the Built-In Firewall     464
   Activating the Mavericks Firewall     464
   Configuring Incoming Services     465
   Hiding Location Information and Application Data     466
Backing Up Important Information     467
   Using Time Machine     467
   Activating Time Machine     468
   Customizing the Time Machine Backups     469
   Adding a Time Machine Menu Item     470
   Recovering Data     471
   Restoring a Machine from Scratch     473
   Using File Versions     474
   Manually Saving a Version     474
   Restoring a File Version     475
Chapter 14  Troubleshooting Your System     479
Dealing with Troublesome Software     480
   Force Quitting Applications      480
   Testing with the Guest Account     481
   Removing Corrupted Application Files     482
Restarting and Correcting a Frozen Machine     484
   Starting in Safe Mode     485
   Changing Login Applications     486
   Removing Startup Applications and Launch Daemons     487
   Disabling Extensions     488
   Removing System Preference Panes     490
Fixing Disk Problems with Disk Utility     490
   Repairing Permission Problems     491
   Verifying and Repairing Common Disk Errors     492
   Verifying Your Disk Has an Error     492
   Repairing Your Disk     493
Gathering Information About Your Mac     495
   Monitoring System Activity    495
   Generating a System Profiler Report     496
   Viewing the System Logs     498
Remember Your Backups!     499
   Viewing System Support Options     499
Chapter 15  Upgrading Your Mac   (Online chapter)

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