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  • Copyright 2015
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5393-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5393-9

Covers MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to MacBook 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 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, 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 MacBook     1

Getting to Know the MacBook Hardware     2

The Built-In Battery     4

Special Keyboard Keys     4

What You Need to Know     5

The Menu Bar     5

The Dock     6

The Finder     6

Tags     7

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     5

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     91

Activating PPPoE for DSL Connections     94

Making Connections with Cellular Data Modems and iOS Devices     96

Configuring a WWAN Modem for Use with Your MacBook     96

Managing Your WWAN Connection     97

Using Your iOS Instant Hotspot (New!)      98

Creating Virtual Private Network Connections     99

Creating a VPN Connection     99

Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations     101

Creating Configurations     102

Adding and Using Locations     103

Seeking Automated Network Assistance     105

Launching Diagnostics     105

Launching the Setup Assistant     106

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

Balancing Battery Life and Performance     396

Monitoring Battery Life and Application Energy Use     396

Configuring Display, Computer, and Hard Disk Sleep     397

Creating a Sleep/Wake Schedule     399

Updating Keyboard and Dictation Settings     400

Setting Keyboard Repeat Rate     400

Changing Keyboard Illumination     401

Creating Keyboard Shortcuts     402

Activating Dictation     405

Changing Trackpad and Mouse Options     407

Setting the Trackpad Speed     408

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 Group     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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