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OS X Mountain Lion on Demand, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2013
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-4990-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4990-1

Need answers quickly? OS X Mountain Lion 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

• Find and preview everything you need with Spotlight

• Master the OS X Mountain Lion user interface and file management

• Use the App Store and full-screen apps for maximum efficiency

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

• Manage and play digital music with iTunes and iPod or iPhone

• Chat online instantly with Messages and FaceTime

• Manage and share your schedule with Calendar

• Send files wirelessly to anyone around you with AirDrop

• Keep your files backed up with Time Machine

• Automatically save document changes as you work with Auto Save

• Use multi-touch gestures and keyboard shortcuts to save time

• Post content straight to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Vimeo

• Use Microsoft Windows along with Mountain Lion

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Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Setting System Preferences in OS X Mountain Lion

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Table of Contents

Introduction    xvii

1  Getting Started with OS X Mountain Lion    1

Starting OS X    2

Exploring the Finder and Desktop    4  New!

Using the Mouse or Multi-Touch Gestures    6

Working with Menus, Toolbars, and Panes    7

Using Menus for Quick Results    8

Choosing Dialog Options    9

Working with Icons    10

Viewing Windows    12

Managing Windows    14

Using the Sidebar    16

Using Toolbars    17  New!

Displaying and Using the Dock    18

Displaying and Using Stacks on the Dock    19

Exposing Windows in Mission Control    20  New!

Grouping Windows in Mission Control    21  New!

Switching Users    22  New!

Sleeping, Restarting, and Shutting Down    24

2  Managing Files and Folders    25

Opening and Viewing Disks    26  New!

Viewing and Opening Documents    28

Changing the Window View    30

Arranging Files and Folders in Icons View    32

Working with Files and Folders in List View    34

Viewing Files with Cover Flow View    36

Working with Files and Folders in Columns View    37

Viewing Files Using Quick Look    38  New!

Going to Common or Recent Places    39  New!

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 Using Online Services    47  New!

Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders    48

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

Working with Spotlight Results    63

Setting Spotlight Preferences    64

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

Getting Help While You Work    72

Getting Help Using Spotlight    74

4  Customizing the Finder    75

Understanding Finder Preferences    76

Showing Icons on the Desktop    77

Customizing the Way Windows Open    78

Showing or Hiding File Extensions    79

Customizing Finder Window Views    80

Customizing the Toolbar    82

Customizing the Sidebar    84  New!

Customizing the Dock    86  New!

Creating Aliases    88

Customizing Mission Control    90  New!

Using Simple Finder    92

5  Setting System Preferences    93

Understanding System Preferences    94  New!

Viewing System Preferences    96

Locking and Unlocking Preference Settings    97

Changing Appearance Options    98  New!

Setting Up the Desktop    100

Setting Up Screen Savers    101  New!

Setting the Date and Time    102

Changing Language Options    104

Changing Text Substitution Options    106

Saving Energy and Managing Power    108  New!

Selecting a Startup Disk    110

Changing the Way a CD or DVD Starts    111

Controlling Sound    112

Dictating Your Speech    114  New!

Letting Mac Do the Talking    116

Setting Accessibility Options    118  New!

Having VoiceOver Read from the Screen    120  New!

Setting VoiceOver Preferences    122  New!

Using VoiceOver Commands    124

Setting Ink Preferences    126

6  Using OS X Applications    127

Getting Apps from the App Store    128  New!

Downloading and Installing Apps    130  New!

Using OS X Apps    131  New!

Launching Apps    132  New!

Opening Apps and Files    134  New!

Viewing Full Screen Apps    135  New!

Switching Between Apps    136

Quitting Apps    138

Playing Chess    139  New!

Playing Games with the Game Center    140  New!

Creating a Contacts List    142  New!

Editing a Contacts List    144  New!

Managing and Sharing a Contacts List    146  New!

Performing Calculations and Conversions    148

Capturing Images with a Digital Camera    150

Capturing Screen Shots with Grab    151

Previewing Images and PDF’s    152  New!

Using Apps with Auto Save    154  New!

Creating Sticky Notes    155

Managing Fonts with Font Book    156  New!

Activating, Deactivating, and Customizing Fonts    157

Working with Dashboard    158  New!

Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets    160  New!

Creating a Web Clip Dashboard Widget    162

7  Working with Documents    163

Creating and Opening a Document    164  New!

Editing Text    166

Recognizing Handwriting Ink    168

Making Corrections    170  New!

Making Text Substitutions    171

Checking Spelling and Grammar    172

Looking Up Words with Dictionary    174  New!

Finding and Replacing Text    176

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  New!

Using TextEdit for Web Design    192

Setting TextEdit Preferences    194

8  Printing and Faxing    195

Understanding Printers    196

Understanding Printer Drivers    197

Adding or Removing a Printer    198  New!

Setting Print Settings    200

Sharing a Printer    202

Setting Up Page Options    204

Setting Basic Print Options    206

Previewing Documents    208  New!

Saving Documents as PDF Documents    209

Managing Print Queues    210

Creating a Cover Page    211

Scanning Documents    212

Sending Fax Documents    214

Receiving Faxes Automatically    216

9  Exploring the Internet    217

Connecting to the Internet    218

Setting Up a Modem Connection    220

Setting Up an Ethernet Connection    221

Setting Up a Wireless Connection    222

Setting Up Multiple Connections    223

Making an Internet Connection    224

Understanding Web Sites and Browsers    225

Starting and Customizing Safari    226  New!

Viewing the Safari Window    227  New!

Browsing the Web    228

Browsing the Web Using Tabs    230  New!

Using the Reader and Reading List    232  New!

Viewing Top Sites    234

Changing the Home Page    235

Viewing a History List    236

Bookmarking a Web Page    237  New!

Working with Bookmarks    238

Filling Out Forms on the Web    240  New!

Searching the Web    242  New!

Printing a Web Page    244

Viewing PDF Files    245

Saving a Web Page    246  New!

Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page    247

Downloading Files Safely from the Web    248

Setting Safari Preferences    250

Setting Security Preferences    252  New!

Blocking Pop-Up Windows    254

Changing Web Notifications    255  New!

Selecting a Default Browser and Search    256

10  Exchanging E_Mail Messages    257

Setting Up Accounts in One Place    258  New!

Starting Mail    259

Setting Up an Account    260

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

Formatting Message Text    269

Adding an E-Mail Signature    270

Customizing the Mail Window    271

Receiving and Reading E-Mail    272  New!

Responding to E-Mail    274

Sending and Retrieving a File    276

Managing E-Mail    278

Deleting E-Mail    280

Saving E-Mail    282

Searching E-Mail for Text    283

Blocking and Flagging E-Mail    284

Diverting Incoming E-Mail to Mailboxes    286

Creating a Smart Mailbox    287

Creating a VIP List    288  New!

11  Sending Instant Messages    289

Creating a Messages Account    290  New!

Starting Messages    292  New!

Viewing Messages    293

Changing My Status    294

Using the Messages Status Menu    295

Adding a Buddy    296

Changing a Buddy Picture    297

Creating and Managing Buddy Groups    298

Sending and Receiving Messages    300  New!

Sending a File During a Message    302  New!

Working with Messages    303  New!

Having an Audio and Video Chat    304  New!

Enhancing a Video Chat    306

Changing Chat Message Options    307  New!

Chatting on a Local Network    308

Changing the Chat Message Appearance    310

Getting Chat Notification Alerts    311

Blocking a Buddy    312

Getting Started with FaceTime    313

Making a Video Call with FaceTime    314

12  Working with Music and Media    315

Starting and Setting Up iTunes    316

Viewing the iTunes Window    317

Setting Up iTunes to Automatically Play CDs    318

Getting and Playing Music from CDs    319

Getting Media from the iTunes Store    320

Using and Creating Playlists    322

Adding Media to a Playlist    324

Socializing with Ping    325

Subscribing and Playing Podcasts    326

Using iPod, iPhone, iPad with iTunes    327

Listening to Internet Radio    328

Streaming a Mac to Apple TV    329  New!

Burning CDs and Exporting to MP3 Players    330

Setting iTunes Preferences    332

Capturing Photos in Photo Booth    333  New!

Recording Movies in Photo Booth    334  New!

Adding Photo Booth Effects    335

Playing and Browsing DVD Movies    336

Customizing the DVD Player    337

Playing QuickTime Movies    338

Creating QuickTime Movies    340  New!

Exploring iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto    342

13  Sharing Information in the Cloud    343

Joining the iCloud Community    344  New!

Setting iCloud Preferences    346  New!

Sharing with Back to My Mac    348

Finding Your Mac    349

Using iCloud on the Mac    350  New!

Using iCloud Enabled Apps    352  New!

Using iCloud on the Web    354

14  Tracking and Managing Information    357

Viewing the Calendar Window    358

Changing Calendar Views    359  New!

Creating and Working with Calendars    360  New!

Adding and Editing Calendar Events    362

Inviting Attendees to Calendar Events    364

Printing Calendars    365

Publishing and Subscribing to a Calendar    366

Sharing an iCloud Calendar    368

Creating Reminder Lists    370  New!

Working with Reminder Lists    372  New!

Adding Notifications to Reminders    374  New!

Enabling Accounts for Reminders and Notes    375  New!

Creating and Managing Notes    376  New!

Using the Notification Center    378  New!

Posting Tweets to Twitter    380  New!

15  Setting Up Accounts and Maintaining Security    381

Understanding User Accounts    382

Activating the Login Window    383

Adding a User Account    384

Deleting a User Account    385

Setting File Access Permissions    386

Setting Account Access Privileges    387  New!

Setting Parental Controls    388  New!

Specifying Log In and Start Up Items    390

Setting Fast User Switching    392

Setting Security Preferences    393  New!

Setting Privacy Preferences    394  New!

Protecting Your Computer with FileVault    395

Restoring Password Access    396

Adding Keychains and Passwords    398

Working with Keychains and Passwords    399

Modifying Keychains and Passwords    400

Managing Files with the Home Folder    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  New!

Moving Items with Bluetooth    414

Setting Bluetooth Preferences    415

Browsing the Network with the Finder    416

Connecting to Another Computer    418

Sharing Files or Folders with Others    420

Sending Files Wirelessly with AirDrop    421

Controlling a Computer with Screen Sharing    422  New!

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 Updating Software    432  New!

Automating Software Updates    433  New!

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

Fixing Disk Permission Problems    441

Erasing a CD or DVD Disc    442

Migrating Information Between Macs    443

Monitoring System Activities    444

Viewing System Messages with the Console    446

Viewing System Information    447

Forcing a Restart    448

18  Managing Hardware    449

Installing Hardware Devices    450

Removing Hardware Devices    451

Viewing Hardware Settings    452

Changing Keyboard Settings    453

Changing Mouse Settings    454

Changing Trackpad Settings    455

Changing Monitor Display Settings    456  New!

Measuring Display Colors with the Digital Color Meter    458

Selecting Colors with the Color Picker    459

Matching Colors to Devices with ColorSync    460

Configuring Audio MIDI Devices    462  New!

Preventing Hardware Problems    464

19  Working with OS X Along with Windows    465

Preparing a Mac for Windows    466  New!

Installing Windows on a Mac    468  New!

Starting Up with OS X or Windows    470

Using Windows on a Mac    472  New!

Removing Windows    474  New!

20  Backing Up Everything with Time Machine    477

Setting Up Time Machine for Backups    478  New!

Performing a Backup    479  New!

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

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  New!

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

Appendix A: Installing OS X Mountain Lion    513

Preparing to Install OS X Mountain Lion    514  New!

Determining the Current OS X Version    515

Getting Mac Information    516

Getting OS X Mountain Lion from the App Store    517  New!

Installing OS X Mountain Lion    518  New!

Reinstalling OS X Mountain Lion    520  New!

New Features    521  New!

Index    527


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