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Tired of being tethered to your desktop computer? If you're ready to break free with a laptop, the new MacBook could be just what you're looking for. In addition to the freedom to work wherever you happen to be, a MacBook offers you
- A portable darkroom with iPhoto
- Mobile music, podcasts, and Internet radio
- GarageBand software that lets you make your own music
- The ability to create and share original movies and DVDs
- Safari, a safer and ultra-cool Web browser, and all the other OS X advantages
Whether you already have your new MacBook or are still weighing the pros and cons of various models, MacBook For Dummies is a valuable resource. For newcomers to laptop land, it’s packed with basic information about using and caring for Mac laptops. It also walks you through Mac OS X, the revolutionary Macintosh operating system that makes your laptop tick. Then it's on to all the fun stuff you can do with your MacBook, like making music, editing photos and turning them into a book, creating DVDs on the road, or adding a wireless keyboard. MacBook For Dummies will help you
- Set up your MacBook and get acquainted with all the features of the Mac OS X Tiger operating system
- Use the Safari Web browser and Apple's .Mac Internet subscriber service, connect your MacBook to a printer, and communicate with your cell phone or PDA
- Connect to a wired or wireless network
- Make the most of the iLife applications that come with your MacBook—iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, and GarageBand
- Keep your MacBook and your data safe, troubleshoot any problems, and maintain your system
Popular For Dummies author Mark Chambers has loaded this fun book with tips, ideas, and his famous "Mark's Maxims"—power user advice that will guide you around the pitfalls and make you a Macxpert in no time. From latptop basics all the way to upgrading and adding memory, MacBook For Dummies will be your MacBook's best friend.
- What the book covers:Mac laptop basics, getting acquainted with Mac OS X, customizing your Dock and Desktop, connecting and communicating for the road warrior, taking your music mobile, turning iPhoto into your portable darkroom, creating DVDs, working with networks, getting connected to wireless devices, sharing access and information, troubleshooting, and more.
- Series features:Information presented in the straightforward but fun language that has defined the Dummiesseries for more than fifteen years.
Work with networks, share access, troubleshoot, and more
Enjoy music and videos, cruise the Web, and even do some work — from anywhere!
Not only can your MacBook do everything a desktop computer can, it can do some things better! Find out how to use the cool iLife applications, like iPhoto, iMovie, and iTunes, plus gobs of other software that comes with your Mac. Connect to a network, get online, and don't miss Mark's should-be-patented troubleshooting guide!
Discover how to
- Set up and personalize your laptop
- Import stuff from your old computer
- Search with Spotlight and Sherlock
- Open a .Mac account
- Create with the iLife suite
- Add wireless devices
Got a new MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro? Want the scoop on Mac laptop basics, using Mac OS X Leopard, networking a laptop, or connecting your laptop to wireless devices? There’s no better place to find what you need than MacBook For Dummies, 2ndEdition!
With your Mac laptop, you can take your movies, music, documents, e-mail, and Internet wherever the action is. MacBook For Dummies, 2ndEditionprovides the lowdown on maintaining and upgrading your MacBook, customizing the Dock and desktop, traveling with a laptop, turning iPhoto into your portable darkroom, and much more. Learn to:
- Locate the battery compartment, iSight camera, ports, and “on” button
- Move your existing files from an older computer
- Use all the cool new features of Mac OS X Leopard
- Work with iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, and GarageBand, all packaged with your MacBook
- Identify the signs of a well-functioning laptop and check for trouble
- Set up your Mac for multiple users
- Explore the cool options available with a .Mac account and iDisk storage that lets you retrieve your files anywhere
- Manage your digital music, photos, and movies
- Use Bluetooth and get all your wireless devices communicating with each other
And if you’ve been considering switching from a PC to a Mac, MacBook For Dummies, 2ndEditionguides you through the process and even shows you how to run Windows on your Mac laptop. If there’s a MacBook in your future — or present — this is the book for you!
Have more fun and get more done with your MacBook here's how to claim your freedom!
Chained to a desktop computer? Not you! You want to take your movies, music, documents, and Internet wherever the action is. This handy guide gets you up and running, and even walks you through Mac OS® X Leopard®, common upgrades, and troubleshooting.
Fall in love with Leopard get familiar with the latest Mac operating system and learn to use all its features
Explore the iLife learn to use iTunes®, iMovie®, iPhoto®, iDVD®, and GarageBand®, all packaged with your MacBook
Make the switch from a PC to a Mac learn how to move your existing files and how you can still run Windows on your MacBook
Back up your MacBook discover how to use Time Machine and iDisk storage to keep your files safe
Be cool with Bluetooth get your wireless devices communicating with your MacBook
Maintain your Mac find out how to keep your laptop updated and running smoothly
Open the book and find:
Full coverage of all three MacBook models
How to migrate files from another Mac or PC
Tips for conserving battery power
Advice on customizing your preferences for productivity
Maintenance and troubleshooting solutions for your MacBook
Steps for networking your Macs
Secrets for customizing Leopard
Explanations for managing your digital music, photos, and movies
About the Author
Mark L. Chambers is an author, a tech editor, and an unabashed Mac fan. He is the author of more than 30 computer books including iMac For Dummies, 4th Edition.
Table of Contents
Part I: Tie Myself Down with a Desktop? Preposterous!
Chapter 1: Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need.
Chapter 2: Turning On Your Portable Powerhouse.
Chapter 3: The Laptop Owner’s Introduction to Mac OS X.
Part II: Shaking Hands with Mac OS X.
Chapter 4: Working Magic with the Keyboard and Trackpad.
Chapter 5: Getting to the Heart of the Tiger.
Chapter 6: System Preferences Are Your Friends.
Chapter 7: Sifting through Your Stuff.
Part III: Connecting and Communicating.
Chapter 8: Taking Your Laptop on Safari.
Chapter 9: .Mac Is .Made for Mac Laptops.
Chapter 10: Spiffy Connections for the Road Warrior.
Part IV: Living the iLife.
Chapter 11: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes.
Chapter 12: Turning iPhoto into Your Portable Darkroom.
Chapter 13: Making Film History with iMovie HD.
Chapter 14: Creating DVDs on the Road with iDVD.
Chapter 15: GarageBand on the Go.
Part V: Sharing Access and Information.
Chapter 16: Your Laptop Goes Multiuser.
Chapter 17: Working Well with Networks.
Chapter 18: Making Friends with Wireless Devices.
Part VI: The Necessary Evils: Troubleshooting, Upgrading, Maintaining.
Chapter 19: When Good Mac Laptops Go Bad.
Chapter 20: Adding New Stuff to Your Laptop.
Chapter 21: Tackling Housekeeping.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Top Ten Laptop Rules to Follow.
Chapter 23: Top Ten Things to Avoid like the Plague.