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OS X Mountain Lion Absolute Beginner's Guide

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  • Copyright 2013
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-311814-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-311814-8

Make the most of your new OS X® Mountain Lion notebook or desktop computer—without becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to get comfortable, get productive, get online, connect with friends and family, explore the Web, enjoy music and video, and have way more fun! Even if you’ve never used a Mac before, this book will show you how to do what you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time.
OS X Mountain Lion has never been this simple!

Who knew how simple OS X Mountain Lion could be?

This is today’s best beginner’s guide to using your new OS X Mountain Lion desktop or notebook computer: simple, practical instructions for doing everything you really want to do! Here’s a small sample of what you learn:

•    Master Mountain Lion’s new iPad®/iPhone®-like features

•    Learn Mac essentials, from bootup to the Dock

•    Sync your data on iCloud, and use it anywhere

•    Personalize your Mac to match your style and make you more productive

•    Use iTunes® to enjoy music, Internet radio, TV, movies, podcasts, and even college courses

•    Stay organized with Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders

•    Connect with people via Mail, Messages, and FaceTime® video calls

•    Get instant access to weather, stock, and flight information

•    Compete against gamers running Macs, iPads, or iPhones

•    Explore the Web with Apple’s speedy Safari browser

•    Use Photo Booth® to capture, edit, and share photos and video

•    Automatically back up your Mac with Time Machine®

•    Protect your Mac (and yourself) against online threats

Category: Computers

Covers: Macintosh Operating System

User Level: Beginning

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Part I Getting Acquainted with Mountain Lion Basics

Chapter 1 Booting Up and Shutting Down

Turning on Your Mac

Taking a Close Look at the Desktop

Putting Your Mac to Sleep or Shutting It Down

    Using the Sleep Modes

    Shutting Down the Computer

    Restarting Your Computer

Chapter 2 Using Menus and Dialog Boxes

Using the Menu Bar

    Examining the Elements of the Menu Bar

    Examining the Elements of a Menu

Using Dialog Boxes

Using Context Menus

Using Menu Extras

Chapter 3 Using the Dock

Examining the Parts of the Dock

Launching Applications from the Dock

Opening Folders on the Dock

    Opening the Downloads Folder

    Opening the Trash Folder

Chapter 4 Working with Windows

Performing Common Window Functions

Taking a Closer Look at Windows

    Closing Windows

    Minimizing Windows

    Resizing Windows

    Moving Windows

    Scrolling Windows

Using Full Screen Mode

Switching Between Windows

    Using Mission Control to Navigate Windows

    Creating Separate Spaces for Applications

Chapter 5 Using iCloud

What Is the iCloud?

What Does It Do?

Why Do I Want It?

How Can I Get It?

How Does It Work?

    Turning On iCloud

    Accessing iCloud Data Without Your Apple Devices

    Stopping iCloud Services

How Can I See What’s on the iCloud?

How Can I Get More of It?

Part II Customizing the Way Your Mac Works

Chapter 6 Using and Controlling Your Hardware

Setting Hardware Preferences

Using the CD/DVD SuperDrive

    Inserting and Ejecting Discs

    Setting Preferences for CDs and DVDs

Using External Drives

    Connecting an External Drive

    Ejecting an External Drive

Controlling the Brightness and Resolution of the Screen

Setting Up the Keyboard

    Controlling the Behavior of the Function Keys

    Lighting Up the Keys on a Laptop

    Setting Up Keyboards for Different Languages

Operating the Mouse or Trackpad

    Setting Magic Mouse Preferences

    Setting Trackpad Preferences

Installing and Managing Printers

    Manually Installing a Printer

    Setting a Default Printer

Controlling Speaker Volume and Sound Alerts

    Using the Keyboard to Adjust Sound

    Setting Alerts and Interface Sounds

Enabling Dictation

Chapter 7 Personalizing the Desktop

Changing the Background

Using a Screen Saver

Displaying and Using Icons on the Desktop

    Displaying Device and Server Icons

    Storing Files, Folders, and Aliases on the Desktop

    Arranging Icons on the Desktop

    Customizing the Icons on the Desktop

Configuring Notifications

    Opening and Closing the Notification Center

    Showing or Hiding Notifications

    Setting Preferences for Notifications

Modifying the Menu Bar

    Adding and Deleting Menu Extras

    Showing or Hiding the Date and Time

Chapter 8 Customizing the Dock

Setting the Preferences for the Dock

Examining Icons in the Dock

Removing Icons from the Dock

Adding Application Icons to the Dock

Adding File or Folder Icons to the Dock

Rearranging Icons on the Dock

Customizing Folder Icons

Part III Working with Files, Folders, and Applications

Chapter 9 Getting Acquainted with the Finder

Getting Started with the Finder

    Examining the File Structure

    Exploring the Default Folders

Exploring the Finder Window

Configuring the Sidebar

Using Finder Views

    Using the Icon View

    Using the List View

    Using the Column View

    Using the Cover Flow View

    Changing the Item Arrangement in Any View

    Customizing the Finder Views for Specific Folders

    Using Your Preferred View

Opening Multiple Finder Windows

Chapter 10 Creating Folders in the Finder

Creating “Regular” Folders

Creating and Using Smart Folders

Creating and Using Burn Folders

Chapter 11 Working with Files and Folders in the Finder

Opening Folders and Files in the Finder

Finding Files and Folders

    Searching with Spotlight

    Examining Files with Quick Look

    Using Color Labels to Help Identify Files

Renaming Files and Folders

Copying and Moving Files

    Copying Files Using Shortcuts

    Copying or Moving Files and Folders by Dragging

Sharing Files

    Sharing Files in the Finder

    Sending Files by AirDrop

Moving Files to the Trash a.k.a. Deleting Files

Burning Files to a Disc

Chapter 12 Working with Applications

Launching Applications

Using Launchpad

    Arranging Icons in the Launchpad

    Working with Folders in the Launchpad

    Searching for Applications in Launchpad

    Adding and Deleting Icons in Launchpad

Closing Applications

    Using Autosave

    Using Resume

Quitting Applications

Installing Applications

    Installing Apps from the Mac App Store

    Installing Mac Applications from Third-Party Sources

Getting the Most from the Mac App Store

Part IV Using Mountain Lion Apps

Chapter 13 Using Safari

Launching Safari the First Time

Using Top Sites

Navigating the Web

    Using the Omnibar

    Retracing Your Steps

    Using History

Browsing in Tabs or Windows

Using the Tab View

Synchronizing Tabs

Getting a Better View of Web Pages

Using Bookmarks

    Bookmarking Web Pages

    Using a Bookmark

    Creating Bookmark Folders

    Customizing the Bookmarks Bar

Using the Reading List

    Adding Pages to the Reading List

    Reading Pages in the Reading List

    Deleting Pages in the Reading List

Downloading and Viewing Files

Sharing Web Content

Chapter 14 Using Contacts

Exploring the Contacts Window

Creating a New Contact

Dictating a Contact

Customizing the Contact Template

Working with Groups

    Adding Contacts to a Group

    Deleting a Group

Working with Your Contacts

    Searching for a Contact

    Editing a Contact

    Deleting a Contact

    Sharing a Contact

    Archiving Contacts

Closing the Contacts Application

Chapter 15 Using Calendar

Exploring and Navigating the Calendar Views

Adding Events to the Calendar

    Creating an Event Using Quick Event

    Using Dictation

    Creating an All-Day Event

    Creating a Recurring Event

    Setting Event Alerts

Working with Events

    Finding Events

    Editing Event Dates and Times

    Deleting Events

Inviting People to Events

Creating Additional Calendars

Chapter 16 Using Notes

Exploring the Notes Window

Creating a Note

Pinning a Note to the Desktop

Finding, Editing, and Deleting Notes

Sharing a Note

Creating and Deleting Your Own Note Folders

Chapter 17 Using Reminders

Exploring the Reminder Window

Creating a Simple Reminder

Dictating a Reminder

Adding Options to a Reminder

    Setting an Alert for a Reminder

    Creating a Reminder That Repeats Automatically

    Setting a Priority Level for a Reminder

Marking Reminders off the List

Finding, Editing, and Deleting Reminders

Sorting Reminders

Creating and Working with New Reminder Lists

    Viewing Multiple Reminder Lists

    Moving a Reminder to Another List

    Deleting a List

Chapter 18 Using Mail

Setting Up Mail Accounts

    Setting Up a New Account

    Upgrading Existing Accounts

Exploring the Mail Window

    Using the Mailbox List

    Using the Message List Pane

    Using the Message Pane

    Exploring the Favorites Bar

    Using the Classic View

Getting and Reading Email

    Reading a Message

    Handling Attachments

Sending Messages and Replies

    Filling Out Header Information

    Typing and Formatting the Message

    Attaching Files

    Sending the Message

Forwarding a Message

Finding Messages

Deleting Messages

Dealing with Junk Mail

Creating Mailboxes

Chapter 19 Using Messages

Getting Acquainted with Messages

Setting Up Your Messages Account

Sending and Receiving Messages

Sending More Than Text in a Message

Deleting Conversations

Searching for Messages

Chapter 20 Using FaceTime

Getting Acquainted with FaceTime

Setting Up the FaceTime Application

Making a Call

    Searching for Contacts

    Populating Your Favorites List

Receiving a FaceTime Call on the Mac

Turning FaceTime Off and On

Chapter 21 Using TextEdit

Launching TextEdit

Setting TextEdit Preferences

Creating and Saving Documents

    Examining Autosave and Versions

    Using Versions

    Saving a Duplicate of the File

    Saving Documents in the Cloud

    Locking a Document

    Resuming Your Work

Boiling It Down


Editing Text

    Finding and Replacing Text

    Inserting Symbols and Other Special Characters

    Correcting Misspelled Words


    Setting the Paper Size

    Setting Margins

    Setting Tabs

    Inserting Page Breaks

    Setting Paragraph Alignment

    Setting Paragraph Indents

    Setting Paragraph Spacing

    Numbering or Bulleting Paragraphs

    Adding Emphasis to Characters

    Changing the Font and Size

Creating a Table

Chapter 22 Using the Dashboard

Exploring the Dashboard

Managing Widgets

Downloading and Installing Widgets

Organizing and Finding Widgets on the Widgetpad

Creating Your Own Web Clip Widget

Chapter 23 Using Preview

Launching Preview

Editing Files

    Magnifying a Portion of a Page

    Drawing Shapes and Lines

    Adding Text

    Cropping a Page

    Rotating a Page


Viewing PDF Files

    Changing the View of a PDF File

    Searching in a PDF File

    Using Bookmarks in a PDF File

Modifying PDF Files

    Copying Text in a PDF File

    Modifying Text in a PDF File

    Adding a Note to a PDF

    Using a Signature in a PDF File

Part V Entertaining Yourself

Chapter 24 Using the Game Center

Getting Started with the Game Center

    Launching Game Center and Signing In

    Adding or Changing Your Photo

    Setting Your Status

    Changing or Viewing Your Game Center Account

Acquiring Games

Playing Games

Adding Friends

Chapter 25 Using Video Applications

Using DVD Player

Using QuickTime Player

Playing a Video on QuickTime Player

Recording with QuickTime Player

    Recording a Movie

    Recording an Audio File

    Recording the Screen

Editing Movies with QuickTime Player

    Trimming a Movie

    Splitting a Movie into Clips

Sharing QuickTime Files

Chapter 26 Using iTunes

Exploring the iTunes Window

Listening to a Music CD

Using Visualizer

Adding Music to the Library

    Importing Music

    Downloading Music from the iTunes Store

    Importing Cover Art

Creating and Playing Playlists

    Creating a Playlist

    Letting Genius Create a Playlist

    Creating Your Own Smart Playlists

    Sharing a Playlist via the iTunes Store

Burning a Music CD

Listening to Radio

Acquiring and Playing Movies and TV Shows

Acquiring and Playing Podcasts

Acquiring and Playing Courses from iTunes U

Chapter 27 Using Photo Booth

Exploring the Photo Booth Window

Taking and Viewing Photos

    Taking a Still Picture

    Taking a Four-Up Picture

    Viewing Photos

Recording and Viewing Movies

Trimming a Video

Using Effects

Deleting Items in Photo Booth

Sharing Your Photos and Movies

Part VI Performing Administrative Routines

Chapter 28 Managing User Accounts

Creating a User Account

Enabling and Disabling the Guest Account

Setting Login Options

Working with Multiple User Logins

Modifying a User Account

    Changing Your Password

    Changing the Account Picture

Deleting a User Account

Chapter 29 Maintaining and Securing Your Mac

Maintaining Your Mac

    Getting Software Updates

    Backing Up Data with Time Machine

    Restoring Data with Time Machine

Securing Your Mac

    Setting System Security Preferences

    Setting Safari Security Preferences

    Using a Firewall

    Encrypting a Drive

Securing Your Privacy

    Securing Your Privacy on the Mac

    Securing Your Privacy on the Web

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