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My iMac (Yosemite Edition)


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  • Copyright 2015
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5394-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5394-6

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to iMac images 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. The tasks include:

  • Managing, arranging, and tagging your files
  • Staying informed and productive with Notification Center
  • Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control
  • Opening and organizing apps with Launchpad
  • Accessing network devices and 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
  • Keeping up-to-date with friends and family via Twitter and Facebook
  • Downloading and enjoying music, movies, books, and more
  • Sharing purchases with your family
  • Challenging your friends to games with Game Center
  • Working seamlessly with iOS Devices with Handoff and AirDrop
  • 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

Spotlight      9

The App Store (and Security)      10

The Notification Center and Today View       10

System Preferences      11

Window Controls      12

Contextual Menus      12

Gestures      13

Dictation      13

Understanding iCloud and Apple ID       14

Windows Compatibility      15

Boot Camp      15

Virtualization      16

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 (New!)      37

Viewing a File with Quick Look      38

Previewing Files Using Finder Icons      39

Finding Information with Spotlight (New!)       40

Searching for Files and Information      40

Customizing Spotlight Searching      41

Saving Searches as Smart Folders in the Finder       42

Managing Your “Today” and Notifications (New!)      44

Receiving Notifications      44

Viewing Notifications in Notification Center      45

Customizing the Notification Display      46

Activating Do Not Disturb Mode      48

Customizing Do Not Disturb Mode      49

Using Notification Center’s Today View (New!)      50

Using Utilities in the Dashboard      52

Activating the Dashboard      53

Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets      54

Configuring Dashboard Widgets      56

2 Making the Most of Your Screen Space      59

Swimming in a Sea of Application Windows with Mission Control       60

Opening and Closing Mission Control      60

Navigating Applications and Windows      61

Creating and Populating a New Space      62

Closing a Space      65

Creating Full-Screen Application Spaces      66

Choosing Between Application Windows      67

Showing the Desktop      68

Configuring Mission Control Features and Shortcuts      69

Managing and Launching Applications with Launchpad      71

Starting Launchpad      71

Navigating Launchpad      72

Searching Launchpad      73

Rearranging Icons       74

Creating New Folders      75

Deleting Folders       76

Deleting Applications      77

Managing Auto Open and Save Features      78

Toggling Application Auto Open      78

Setting Window Restoration      79

Enabling Manual File Saving      80

3 Connecting Your Mac to a Network      83

Connecting to a Wired Network      83

Making an Ethernet (Wired) Connection      84

Connecting to a Wireless Network      85

Making a Wireless Connection      86

Authenticating on a Wireless Network      89

Disabling (and Enabling) Wireless Networking      90

Manually Configuring Network Settings      91

Configuring TCP/IP and Proxy Settings      92

Activating PPPoE for DSL Connections      95

Creating Virtual Private Network Connections      98

Creating a VPN Connection      98

Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations      101

Creating Configurations      101

Adding and Using Locations      103

Seeking Automated Network Assistance      105

Launching Diagnostics      105

Launching the Setup Assistant      107

4 Setting Up iCloud and Internet Accounts      111

Setting Up iCloud      111

Configuring iCloud for the First Time      112

Activating iCloud Services      114

Exploring Unique iCloud Services      116

Accessing iCloud Applications Online      116

Using Find My Mac      117

Using iCloud Drive (New!)      119

Using Photo Sharing      124

Getting Started with Accounts      128

Adding an Account       129

5 Accessing Email and the Web      133

Using Mail      134

Things You Need Before Setting Up an Email Connection      134

Adding an Email Account      135

Configuring Advanced Account Settings      137

Finding Your Way Around Mail       140

Reading Email      141

Composing Email (New!)      148

Managing Your Email      154

Web Browsing in Safari      163

Managing Your Bookmarks, Bookmarks Menu, Favorites, Top Sites, and Reading List (Whew!) (New!)      163

Advanced Browsing Features (New!)      169

Adding Web Content to the Dashboard      178

Extending Safari’s Capabilities with Extensions      180

6 Sharing Files, Devices, and Services      183

File Sharing on Your Mac      184

Using AirDrop to Wirelessly Share Files and Folders      184

Configuring Traditional File and Folder Sharing      189

Sharing Files via the Share Menu      199

Sharing Files via Messages      199

Uploading Files to an Online Service      200

Sharing Printers      201

Enabling Network Printer Sharing      201

Setting Printer Sharing Permissions      202

Accessing a Network Printer      203

Sharing an Optical Drive      205

Enabling DVD Sharing      205

Accessing a Shared Optical Drive      206

Sharing Your Mac Screen      207

Enabling Screen Sharing      207

Setting Screen Sharing Permissions      208

Accessing the Screen of a Local Mac      210

Accessing Remote Computers and Non-Macs      212

Sharing Your Internet Connection      214

Sharing Your Connection      214

7 Being Social with Messages, FaceTime, Twitter, and Facebook      217

Instant Messaging with Messages      218

Adding Accounts to Messages      218

Logging into (and out of) Your IM Account      222

Configuring Your IM Identity      223

Managing Your IM Buddy List      226

Communicating with IM and iMessage      229

Using Voice or Video for Chatting (New!)      234

Sharing Your Files and Screen (New!)      235

Video Calls with FaceTime      238

Setting Up FaceTime      238

Placing FaceTime Calls (New!)      239

Receiving a FaceTime Call      241

Accessing Your Call List      242

Disabling FaceTime      243

Updating Account Information FaceTime Preferences      243

Using the Yosemite Twitter and Facebook Posting Support      245

Enabling Twitter      245

Enabling Facebook      247

Posting Tweets and Facebook Updates      249

8 Managing Who, Where, When, and What      253

Managing Contacts      254

Adding Groups      255

Using iCloud and Server-Based Contacts      263

Sharing Contacts via Email, Messages, and AirDrop (New!)      267

Printing Addresses      268

Finding Your Way with Maps      269

Starting and Navigating Maps      269

Using Map Views      270

Finding Places      272

Working with Points of Interest      274

Traveling with Maps      277

Working with Schedules in Calendar      280

Adding Calendars      281

Connecting to iCloud and Server-Based Calendars      282

Viewing Calendars      287

Working with Events      287

Printing Calendars      295

Remembering with Reminders      296

Creating a List (New!)      297

Setting Reminder Attributes, Including Location      298

Completing Reminders      300

Finding Reminders      300

Using iCloud and Server-Based Reminders      302

Keeping Track with Notes      303

Managing Folders      303

Adding Notes      305

Moving Notes Between Folders      306

Searching and Displaying Notes      306

Sharing Notes via Email and Messages      308

Using iCloud and Server-Based Notes      309

9 Entertainment on the (Big) Little Screen      313

Creating a Media Library in iTunes      313

Running iTunes for the First Time      314

Finding Your Way Around iTunes (New!)      315

Interacting with Your Library      316

Controlling Playback      317

Building Your Media Library      317

Searching the Library      326

Using Playlists      327

Using the Mini Player      331

Using iTunes Radio      332

Syncing Media Between Devices      337

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      352

Getting Your Game on with Game Center (New!)      356

Signing into Game Center      357

Navigating the Me Screen      359

Managing Friends and Friend Requests      360

Sizing Up Your Friends      363

Browsing by Game      365

Making and Taking a Challenge      367

10 Installing and Managing Applications and Extensions on Your Mac      371

Mac App Store (New!)      372

Logging into the App Store      372

Browsing for Software      373

Searching for Software      374

Purchasing Software      375

Reinstalling Software and Installing Purchases on Other Macs      377

Hiding Apps You No Longer Want (New!)      378

Installing Non–App Store Applications      379

Unarchiving Zip Files      379

Accessing Disk Images      380

Sharing Purchases with Family Sharing (New!)      381

Setting Up Family Sharing (Organizer)      382

Adding a Family Member      384

Managing Family Members      386

Keeping Your Applications and Operating System Up-To-Date      388

Configuring Software Updates and Auto Downloads (New!)      388

Manually Applying Software Updates     390

Finding and Managing Extensions (New!)      391

Finding New Extensions     391

Managing Installed Extensions     392

11 Making the Most of Your Mac Hardware     395

Going Green with Energy Saver     396

Configuring Display, Computer, and Hard Disk Sleep     396

Creating a Sleep/Wake Schedule     398

Updating Keyboard and Dictation Settings     399

Setting Keyboard Repeat Rate     399

Creating Keyboard Shortcuts     400

Activating Dictation     404

Changing Trackpad and Mouse Options     407

Setting the Trackpad Speed     407

Controlling Trackpad Gestures     408

Configuring the Magic Mouse Speed     410

Configuring Magic Mouse Gestures     411

Adjusting Your Display     412

Setting Display Resolution     412

Controlling Display Brightness     413

Choosing a Color Profile     414

Calibrating the Display     415

Setting Sound Input and Output     417

Setting the Output Volume     417

Configuring Alert Sounds     418

Choosing and Adjusting an Output Device     419

Picking and Calibrating an Input Device     420

Recording Audio and Video     421

Recording Audio     421

Recording with the FaceTime HD Video Camera     423

12 Using Yosemite with Your iDevices (New!)      427

Enabling Yosemite and iOS Communication     427

Verifying Your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Settings     428

Using AirDrop     429

Sending Files to iOS via AirDrop     429

Sending Files to Yosemite via AirDrop     430

Using Handoff to Move Between Devices     431

Enabling Handoff     431

Handing Off from Yosemite to iOS     433

Handing Off from iOS to Yosemite     435

Using Your iPhone to Cell-Enable Your Mac     436

Enabling Yosemite Cellular Calls     437

Placing a Phone Call     438

Receiving a Phone Call     439

Text Messaging with Yosemite     440

Using Your iOS Device as an Instant Hotspot     441

Signing Into iCloud     441

13 Connecting Peripherals to Your Mac     443

Connecting USB Input Devices     443

Configuring a USB Keyboard     444

Configuring a USB Mouse     445

Using Bluetooth Devices     446

Pairing a Bluetooth Mouse or Trackpad     446

Pairing a Bluetooth Keyboard     448

Connecting a Bluetooth Headset     449

Adding and Using the Bluetooth Status Menu     450

Using External Displays and Projectors     451

Extending Your Desktop to Another Monitor     452

Setting Monitor Arrangements     452

Adding the Display Mirroring Menu to Your Menu Bar     454

Using Mirrored Displays     455

Connecting to an Apple TV (or Other Device) with AirPlay     455

Mirroring Your Display to an Apple TV     456

Setting the AirPlay Apple TV Resolution     457

Extending Your Desktop to an Apple TV     458

Sharing Multimedia to an Apple TV     459

Sending System Audio to an Apple TV     459

Connecting and Using a Printer     460

Adding a Printer     460

The Printing Process     464

Connecting and Using a Scanner     466

Adding a Scanner     466

Scanning in Preview     467

14 Securing and Protecting Your Mac     471

Working with Users and Groups     472

Creating User Accounts     472

Adding Accounts     473

Enabling the Guest Account     474

Applying Parental Controls     474

Creating Groups     477

Configuring General Account Security     478

Assigning File Permissions for Users and Groups     479

Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access     480

Viewing Keychain Items     481

Adding Data to the Keychain     482

Creating a New Keychain     483

Adding a Keychain Menu Item     484

Encrypting Your Yosemite Disk     484

Activating FileVault     485

Limiting Application Execution     486

Adding Network Security with the Built-In Firewall     487

Activating the Yosemite Firewall     488

Configuring Incoming Services     489

Hiding Location Information and Application Data     490

Backing Up Important Information     491

Using Time Machine     491

Activating Time Machine     492

Customizing the Time Machine Backups     493

Adding a Time Machine Menu Item     494

Recovering Data     495

Restoring a Machine from Scratch     497

Using File Versions     498

Manually Saving a Version     498

Restoring a File Version     499

15 Troubleshooting Your System (online)

16 Upgrading Your Mac (online)

Index     502


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