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  • Copyright 2013
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-310234-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-310234-5

Discover hundreds of tips, tricks, and shortcuts for doing more, sharing more, and having more fun with your Mac that’s running Mountain Lion! This easy, nontechnical tutorial brings together powerful new ways to use OS X 10.8’s coolest features and hottest new innovations! Perfect for Mac beginners, Windows® refugees, and long-time Mac users upgrading to Mountain Lion, it’s packed with great ideas and solutions you would never discover on your own–all explained simply, step-by-step, with full-color pictures. Whether you’re running a desktop iMac, a MacBook, or MacBook Air notebook computer, this book will make you even happier with your Apple computer than you already are!

Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll learn how to do:

      •  Make the most of Mountain Lion’s new and revamped iPad-style apps

      •  Share content on Facebook or Twitter instantly, without switching apps

      •  Painlessly sync all your Apple devices (including your Macs, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch)

      •  Communicate more efficiently with Messages

      •  Compete against other gamers online from your Mac

      •  Get access to iCloud’s any time/any where free storage

      •  Use Apple’s “Find My Mac” service to find and remotely password-protect your Mac if it’s lost or stolen

      •  Get Notification Center to show you what you want–and only what you want

      •  Transcribe voice dictation straight into your apps

      •  Discover great shortcuts for apps like Contacts, Calendar, and Mail

      •  Automatically back up your stuff with Time Machine

      •  Organize your life with Reminders and create detailed To Do lists that sync with all of your computers and Apple mobile devices

      •  Wirelessly simulcast presentations, home videos, and iTunes content to your TV (using Apple TV)

      •  Use iPhoto’s Faces tool to sort images based on who’s in them, and then edit, print, and share them with ease

      •  Hold free real-time videoconferences with other Apple users using FaceTime or anyone using Skype

      •  Transition painlessly from any version of Windows®

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Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION

1    UPGRADING TO MOUNTAIN LION ......... 5

    WHAT’S NEW IN MOUNTAIN LION ......... 7

    UPGRADE PREREQUISITES .. ......... 12

        CONFIRMING UPGRADE COMPATIBILITY ......... 14

        PURCHASING, DOWNLOADING, AND INSTALLING ......... 15

    CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET ..........16

    USING A MAGIC MOUSE OR MULTI-TOUCH TRACKPAD ......... 18

        PAIRING DEVICES VIA BLUETOOTH ...............18

        CONFIGURING A MAGIC MOUSE . ......... 20

        CONFIGURING A MULTI-TOUCH TRACKPAD .................20

2    NAVIGATING MOUNTAIN LION .......23

    EXPLORING THE DESKTOP .. ......... 24

        WORKING WITH THE MENU BAR .. ......... 24

        THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE MENU BAR .............30

        ACCESSING THE NOTIFICATION CENTER . ......... 32

    LAUNCHING APPS .........34

    SWITCHING BETWEEN RUNNING APPS .............37

    CUSTOMIZING THE DOCK ... ......... 38

        THE FINDER ICON . ......... 41

        THE TRASH ICON ... ......... 42

    USING FINDER .. ......... 43

        THE MAIN FINDER WINDOW ...........44

        WORKING WITH FILES/FOLDERS WITHIN FINDER ....52

    USING THE SHARE ICON ......... 53

    CUSTOMIZING YOUR DESKTOP AND SCREEN SAVER ....55

        CHANGING THE DESKTOP WALLPAPER ....55

        CUSTOMIZING THE SCREEN SAVER ...............57

    CUSTOMIZING MORE VIA SYSTEM PREFERENCES ............59

3    OPTIMIZING PREINSTALLED APPS .................61

    BENEFITS OF PREINSTALLED APPS .....65

    USING THE CALCULATOR APP.................66

    USING THE CALENDAR APP .......................69

        CUSTOMIZING THE CALENDAR APP ............70

        WORKING WITH THE CALENDAR SIDEBAR .....................71

        ENTERING EVENTS INTO THE CALENDAR APP ............73

        QUICKLY ADDING NEW EVENTS TO THE CALENDAR APP......... 75

        SYNCING CALENDAR WITH ICLOUD (AND OTHER MACS AND IDEVICES). ......... 76

        CUSTOMIZING HOW NOTIFICATION CENTER WORKS WITH THE CALENDAR APP ......... 77

        TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE CALENDAR APP ........78

    USING THE CONTACTS APP .......................81

        SYNCING CONTACTS DATA WITH ICLOUD (AND OTHER CONTACT MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS) ...............82

        GROUPING YOUR CONTACTS ..........82

        SHARING CONTACTS DATA WITH OTHERS ......................84

        LEVERAGING FIELD LABELS WHEN CREATING NEW ENTRIES ....85

        INTERACTIVE FIELDS IN CONTACT ENTRIES ..................86

        CREATING A CONTACTS ENTRY FOR YOURSELF ........87

        CONTACTS IS NOW FACEBOOK COMPATIBLE ..............87

    ENHANCING FACETIME VIDEO CONFERENCES ...................88

    USING THE PHOTO BOOTH APP ............90

    GETTING QUICK VIEWS VIA THE PREVIEW APP ...................92

        VIEWING IMAGES, DOCUMENTS, AND PDF FILES ....96

        PREVIEW DIFFERS FROM QUICK LOOK ......96

    DISCOVERING OTHER PREINSTALLED APPS ..97

4    USING NOTIFICATION CENTER .......99

    MANAGING ALL APP-SPECIFIC NOTIFICATIONS ............102

    GETTING STARTED.....106

        USING THE NOTIFICATION CENTER PANEL ..................108

        CUSTOMIZING THE NOTIFICATION CENTER PANEL ............111

    AVOIDING EXCESSIVE ALERTS, ALARMS, AND NOTIFICATIONS.....115

5    COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY WITH MESSAGES ........119

    INSTANT MESSAGING VERSUS TEXT MESSAGING .........120

    COMBINING MESSAGING CAPABILITIES .........121

    GETTING STARTED.....122

        CONFIGURING TO WORK WITH BONJOUR ..................123

        CONFIGURING TO WORK WITH IMESSAGE ..................124

        CONFIGURING TO WORK WITH OTHER IM SERVICES .........125

    COMMUNICATING WITH MESSAGES .................127

    EXPLOITING THE MESSAGES MENU BAR ......130

    OTHER TEXT MESSAGING, VIDEO, AND VOICE CHAT OPTIONS ......134

    SENDING TEXT MESSAGES FROM A MAC TO A MOBILE PHONE ...135

6    MAKING THE MOST OF REMINDERS AND NOTES ............137

    ADVANTAGES OF REMINDERS .............138

    ADVANTAGES OF NOTES ... ......... 138

    OPTIMIZING YOUR USE OF REMINDERS .......140

    OPTIMIZING YOUR USE OF NOTES .. ......... 149

    SYNCING WITH ICLOUD......154

7    IMPROVED WEB SURFING AND EMAIL MANAGEMENT ...157

    STREAMLINING SAFARI ......... 158

        TABBED BROWSING ......... 159

        SMARTER SEARCH FIELD ..................161

        SHARING ....162

        READING WEBSITE CONTENT OFFLINE .. ......... 162

        USING THE READER FEATURE ......165

        AVOIDING REPETITIVE DATA ENTRY WITH AUTOFILL ......165

        PREVENTING WEBSITE TRACKING ..............166

        CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOOLBAR . ......... 167

    MANAGING EMAIL USING THE MAIL APP .....170

        CONFERRING VIP STATUS ................172

        FLAGGING INDIVIDUAL EMAILS TO SIGNIFY IMPORTANCE ......174

        WORKING SEAMLESSLY WITH NOTIFICATION CENTER ....174

        CUSTOM SIGNING YOUR OUTGOING EMAILS ..........176

        SEARCHING YOUR INBOX AND ALL MAIL FOLDERS .........177

        DICTATING YOUR OUTGOING EMAILS.....178

        MANAGING YOUR EMAILS BETTER.............179

        WORKING WITH ICLOUD ..................180

    SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL ....181

8    GETTING THE MOST FROM ITUNES AND GAME CENTER .....183

    EXPLORING ITUNES .. ......... 184

        MANAGING YOUR DIGITAL MUSIC LIBRARY ...............187

        CREATING PLAYLISTS ... ......... 189

        WATCHING MOVIES, TV SHOWS, AND MUSIC VIDEOS .....192

        ACCESSING ITUNES COMMANDS AND FEATURES .. ......... 194

        BUILT-IN GENIUS ......... 196

        MANAGING EBOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, IDEVICE APPS, AND RINGTONES......196

        PURCHASING CONTENT FROM THE ITUNES STORE............197

        THE ITUNES MATCH SERVICE .......199

        CUSTOMIZING ITUNES .......................199

        SYNCING AND BACKING UP IDEVICE CONTENT .....200

    MAKING THE MOST OF GAME CENTER ...........201

    OTHER GAMING OPTIONS .......................204

9    INSTALLING NEW SOFTWARE ......205

    SHOPPING THE APP STORE .....................207

        ADVANTAGES OF APP STORE APPS ...........208

        USING THE APP STORE APP ...........210

        FINDING APPS IN THE APP STORE ..............210

        LEARNING ABOUT APPS FROM LISTINGS .....................213

        LEARNING MORE ABOUT APPS .. ......... 214

    OBTAINING APPS VIA OTHER MEANS ...............216

        OPEN SOURCE VERSUS PAID APPS .............217

        INSTALLING SOFTWARE FROM OTHER SOURCES . ......... 217

        INSTALLING SOFTWARE FROM A CD/DVD (ON MACBOOK AIR) ...218

    KEEPING APPS CURRENT...219

    DISCOVERING NEW SOFTWARE .........220

    SETTING UP PARENTAL CONTROLS ON YOUR MAC.....221

        SETTING UP PARENTAL CONTROLS ...........222

        SETTING UP ITUNES PARENTAL CONTROLS ...............223

        USING GATEKEEPER TO PROTECT AGAINST MALWARE ..224

10    GET BETTER RESULTS FASTER USING IPHOTO .....227

    ILIFE PRIMER ....228

    GETTING STARTED WITH IPHOTO ‘11 ................229

    ORGANIZING YOUR PHOTOS ................230

        SORTING YOUR PHOTOS INTO EVENTS/ALBUMS ..230

        SORTING IMAGES WITH THE FACES FEATURE ...........232

        SORTING IMAGES WITH THE PLACES FEATURE .......234

        FLAGGING YOUR FAVORITE IMAGES .........235

        GIVING YOUR PHOTOS THE STAR TREATMENT ........235

        ASSOCIATING KEYWORDS WITH EACH IMAGE ........237

        RENAMING EVENTS, ALBUMS, AND IMAGES .............238

        DELETING PHOTOS FROM IPHOTO ............239

    USING IPHOTO’S SIDEBAR OPTIONS .................241

    EDITING PHOTOS WITHIN IPHOTO .. ......... 243

    CREATING PHOTO PROJECTS USING IPHOTO ....................246

    SHARING PHOTOS FROM IPHOTO ...247

    USING THE ICLOUD PHOTO STREAM FEATURE ................250

    CREATING PRINTS FROM YOUR DIGITAL IMAGES ..........253

        WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PHOTO PAPER ............254

        ADDITIONAL OPTIONS FOR CREATING PRINTS ......256

    CREATING A PHOTO BOOK ......................258

    BACKING UP YOUR PHOTOS ..................260

11    NAVIGATING AROUND ICLOUD .261

    DISCOVERING ICLOUD’S MANY USES ...............262

    SETTING UP YOUR FREE ICLOUD ACCOUNT .......................266

    PURCHASING ADDITIONAL STORAGE SPACE ....................269

    CONFIGURING ICLOUD TO WORK ON YOUR MAC .........271

    KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR MACS AND IDEVICES ............272

12    BACKING UP YOUR MAC .....................275

    YOUR MAIN BACKUP OPTIONS ...........277

    PLANNING A BACKUP STRATEGY ....277

    BACKING UP VIA TIME MACHINE .......278

        CHOOSING AN ADEQUATE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE .........279

        TIME MACHINE AND TIME CAPSULE .......282

        SETTING UP TIME MACHINE ........283

        RESTORING FROM A TIME MACHINE BACKUP .........285

    BACKING UP VIA ICLOUD ......... 288

    BACKING UP ONLINE .....289

    BACKING UP VIA THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE ......... 290

    BACKING UP MANUALLY ...291

13    SYNCING INFORMATION WITH OTHER MACS AND IDEVICES ................293

        EXPLOITING MOUNTAIN LION’S SHARING FEATURES .. ......... 294

        EXCHANGING DOCUMENTS AND FILES WIRELESSLY VIA AIRDROP ..................303

        USING THIRD-PARTY CLOUD-BASED FILE SHARING ... ......... 306

    CONNECTING YOUR MAC TO AN FTP SITE ... ......... 307

        SHARING INFORMATION USING YOUSENDIT.COM .308

    SYNCING DATA BETWEEN MACS AND PCS USING A USB CABLE . ......... 309

    SHARING DOCUMENT FILES BETWEEN COMPUTERS ......... 309

14    OPTIMIZING AIRPLAY ..... ......... 313

    DISCOVERING APPLE TV .... ......... 314

    ENHANCING APPLE TV AUDIO WITH AIRPLAY-COMPATIBLE SPEAKERS .......317

    SETTING UP AIRPLAY TO WORK WITH YOUR MAC ........317

    PLAYING ITUNES CONTENT VIA AIRPLAY ......320

    PRESENTING PRESENTATIONS VIA AIRPLAY ......... 322

    AIRPLAY VERSUS HOME SHARING ... ......... 323

15    USING PERIPHERALS AND ACCESSORIES ..................325

    REVIEWING YOUR MAC’S PORTS AND PERIPHERAL CONNECTION METHODS ..326

        AIRPLAY .......327

        BLUETOOTH ............327

        ETHERNET PORT .330

        FIREWIRE PORT ....331

        HEADPHONE JACK (AUDIO OUT) .................331

        IR RECEIVER 332

        MICROPHONE JACK (AUDIO IN) 332

        THUNDERBOLT PORT ...333

        USB PORTS ..334

        WI-FI ...............336

    CONNECTING PERIPHERALS ..................337

        CONNECTING PRINTERS/SCANNERS ........338

        CHOOSING A PRINTER FOR YOUR MAC . ......... 339

        CONSIDERING A MULTIFUNCTIONAL/ALL-IN-ONE OPTION ....342

16    TRANSITIONING EASILY FROM A WINDOWS PC TO A MAC ......................343

    TRANSFERRING YOUR PC FILES TO A MAC WITH MIGRATION ASSISTANT . ......... 344

    MICROSOFT WINDOWS VERSUS MOUNTAIN LION .......347

        YOUR MAC’S MOUSE OR TRACKPAD HAS NO BUTTONS ......347

        DIFFERENT ICONS USED TO CLOSE, MINIMIZE, OR MAXIMIZE WINDOWS ........349

        OTHER DIFFERENCES ...352

    RUNNING MICROSOFT WINDOWS AND PC SOFTWARE ON YOUR MAC .......358

        USING BOOT CAMP ......... 359

        USING PARALLELS....359

9780789749918, TOC, 8/21/2012

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