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Master Your Mac: Simple Ways to Tweak, Customize, and Secure OS Xby Matthew Cone
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OS X is a lot more than just a pretty face. Sure, the basics are easy, but beneath that gorgeous surface lie countless powerful features.
If you want to go beyond the basics, Master Your Mac will take you there. With tips on everything from organizing your workspace to strengthening your computer's security, author Matt Cone will show you how to tweak, customize, and control your Mac. And since many of the best tools for unlocking your Mac's potential don't come with OS X, you'll discover the best apps to fix those everyday Apple annoyances and make your computer do things your way.
In Master Your Mac, you'll find out how to change hidden defaults and enable undocumented features; repair disk permissions to improve performance and keep things humming along; monitor your system; and even create a bootable USB drive for emergencies. You'll also learn how to:
Master Your Mac is packed with tips and addons to make everything you do with your Mac faster, easier, and better. Make OS X your own.
Covers OS X Mountain Lion.
Mac OS X is more than just a pretty face. Sure, the basics are easy, but beneath that gorgeous surface lie lots of powerful features that aren't always obvious.
Master Your Mac will show you how to quickly and easily tweak, customize, and control your Mac. Productivity and shortcut tips will show you how to change hidden defaults, discover faster workarounds, and enable undocumented features. You'll learn how to enable helpful features like custom gestures and shortcuts, repair disk permissions, monitor your system, repair problems with the hard disk, and even create a bootable USB drive for emergencies.
With the basics out of the way, you'll learn how to:
Mac OS makes things easy. Master Your Mac will show you how to tweak Mac OS to make it your own.
Covers OS X Mountain Lion.
Mac OS X is so easy a monkey could use it, right? Well, half right. Beneath that glossy surface the fearless user will find lots of powerful features that aren't immediately obvious. The Practical Mac aims to help you cross that divide. You'll start with productivity tips and shortcuts: quick ways to improve and customize your Mac by changing hidden defaults, discovering faster workarounds, and enabling undocumented Mac OS X features. Next, you'll learn how to automate tedious tasks with macros, triggers, and Automator scripts. You'll then learn how to turn your Mac into a file or Web server, handle massive amounts of media, and enable helpful features like Voice Commands. You'll also learn how to get serious security, like firmware passwords, FileVault full-disk encryption, and ways to protect yourself while connecting on the road. With troubleshooting and upgrade tips like repairing disk permissions, repairing the hard disk, and instructions for creating a bootable USB drive for emergencies, you'll learn how to keep your Mac in fighting shape.
About the Author
Matt Cone, a freelance writer specializing in Apple hardware and software, has been a Mac user for over 20 years. A former ghost writer for some of Apple's most notable instructors, Cone founded Macinstruct.com in 1999, a site with OS X tutorials that boasts nearly 200,000 unique visitors per month.
Table of Contents
DedicationAcknowledgmentsIntroductionBack to BasicsChapter 1: The Best Shortcuts (and How to Make Your Own)Chapter 2: Starting Applications Automatically at LoginChapter 3: Finding Files and Folders FastChapter 4: Organizing WindowsChapter 5: Cleaning HouseChapter 6: Adjusting Energy and Display SettingsBoosting ProductivityChapter 7: Launching Applications FastChapter 8: Customizing Trackpad and Mouse GesturesChapter 9: Connecting Multiple Displays to Your MacChapter 10: Talking to Your MacAutomationChapter 11: Automating Tasks with MacrosChapter 12: Automating Tasks with AppleScriptChapter 13: Creating a Bluetooth Proximity MonitorChapter 14: Automating File and Folder ActionsChapter 15: Triggering Location-Based ActionsManaging Your LifeChapter 16: Managing Your EmailChapter 17: Killing SpamChapter 18: Creating Quick and Easy AlertsChapter 19: Managing Your MusicInternet and NetworksChapter 20: Creating Your Own Safari ExtensionChapter 21: Turning Websites into ApplicationsChapter 22: Storing Files in the CloudChapter 23: Accessing Your Mac RemotelyChapter 24: Turning Your Mac into a Web and FTP ServerChapter 25: Wirelessly Sharing a Printer and Hard DriveChapter 26: Synchronizing Files Between ComputersSerious SecurityChapter 27: Creating Strong Passwords and Storing Them SecurelyChapter 28: Enabling Firmware Password ProtectionChapter 29: Encrypting Your Macs Internet ConnectionChapter 30: Enabling FirewallsChapter 31: Preserving Your Anonymity OnlineChapter 32: Encrypting Your Hard Disks and BackupsMonitoring, Troubleshooting, and MaintenanceChapter 33: System and Process MonitoringChapter 34: Repairing Disk PermissionsChapter 35: Verifying and Repairing the Hard DiskChapter 36: Making Better File BackupsChapter 37: Maintaining a MacBooks BatteryChapter 38: Creating an Emergency USB DriveColophon
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