Synopses & Reviews
"Highly recommended for newbies and switchers."
So you finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. Whether it's a MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, an Air, or iMac--it's still your Mac, and it runs the Macintosh operating system, OS X. But what do you do with your Mac after you turn it on? How about setting up an email account, video-chatting with your relatives, or playing your favorite songs and movies? You need a book like My New Mac to make everything easy.
In the Lion edition of the best-selling My New Mac, you'll find 56 simple projects that will have you doing useful things right away--like surfing the Internet, sending email, listening to music, and playing with your digital photos. Fun stuff, if you know how to do it.
You'll also learn how to:
- Connect to the Internet, chat with your friends, and listen to online radio stations
- Install new software and customize your Mac
- Control your Mac with Mission Control and sweet touch-gestures
- View stocks, flights, and the weather at a glance
- Play and burn CDs and DVDs
- Use parental controls to limit your children's computer and Internet access
- Transfer photos from your digital camera to your computer
- Share songs, images, and documents wirelessly between Macs
- Use the Mac's security features to keep your computer safe from intruders
Don't put off learning how to use your new computer. Let Wallace Wang show you the ropes with My New Mac.
Mac OS is a beautiful and reliable operating system, but it can still confuse brand new Mac owners—especially if they come from Windows. After all, Mac OS is not Windows, and that's a good thing. But that doesn't necessarily mean that it's easy for new users to penetrate this different operating system. Fortunately, with My New Mac, it won't be long before readers are relishing those differences. Rather than focus each chapter on a specific program or feature of Mac OS (as most beginner books do), Wallace Wang takes a project-oriented approach that mirrors the sorts of things people want to do with their Mac. For example, rather than offering a tedious, step-by-step walkthrough of Photo Booth or iChat, Wang focuses on using Photo Booth to organize photos and post them to a website, or using iChat to chat with friends. Key aspects of each program needed to perform a task are discussed and indexed for easy reference, but this is not a reference book: it's designed to teach new users how to get the most out of their Mac by having them use it to actually do things. This revised edition covers all new OS X Lion features, including multi-touch gestures, FaceTime video messaging, app management with Launchpad and Mission Control, the Mac App Store, full-screen apps, and more.
About the Author
Best-selling computer book author Wallace Wang (The Book of Nero 6, Steal This File Sharing Book, both No Starch Press, and Visual Basic 6 for Dummies), is a former contributor to Boardwatch Magazine, where he wrote a monthly column called "Notes From the Underground." He is a successful stand-up comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas.
Table of Contents
Praise for the My New™ series; ; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Understanding Computer Terms; How This Book Is Organized; Basic Training; Chapter 1: Learning to Use the Mouse and Trackpad; 1.1 What You'll Be Using; 1.2 How to Point and Click the Mouse and Trackpad; 1.3 Dragging the Pointer; 1.4 Double-Clicking the Mouse and Trackpad; 1.5 Right-Clicking the Mouse; 1.6 Using the Scroll Ball; 1.7 Additional Ideas for Using the Mouse and Trackpad; Chapter 2: Controlling Your Mac with Your Fingers; 2.1 What You'll Be Using; 2.2 Using the Trackpad; 2.3 Customizing the Trackpad; 2.4 Using Finger Gestures with the Magic Mouse; 2.5 Additional Ideas for Using Finger Gestures; Chapter 3: Choosing Commands on the Menu Bar; 3.1 What You'll Be Using; 3.2 Understanding the Menu Bar; 3.3 Understanding Dialogs; 3.4 Understanding the Parts of the Menu Bar; 3.5 Using the Keyboard; 3.6 Additional Ideas for Using the Menu Bar; Chapter 4: Running Programs and Files from the Dock; 4.1 What You'll Be Using; 4.2 Understanding Program Icons; 4.3 Switching Programs and Windows from the Dock; 4.4 Quitting Programs from the Dock; 4.5 Accessing the Documents and Downloads Folders on the Dock; 4.6 Additional Ideas for Using the Dock; Chapter 5: Customizing the Dock; 5.1 What You'll Be Using; 5.2 Hiding (and Showing) the Dock; 5.3 Moving the Dock; 5.4 Making the Dock Easier to See; 5.5 Rearranging Icons on the Dock; 5.6 Showing (or Hiding) Indicator Lights on the Dock; 5.7 Adding and Removing Icons on the Dock; 5.8 Adding and Removing Files and Folders on the Dock; 5.9 Additional Ideas for Customizing the Dock; Chapter 6: Using Full-Screen Viewing; 6.1 What You'll Be Using; 6.2 Switching to Full-Screen Viewing; 6.3 Using Full-Screen Viewing in the Finder; 6.4 Additional Ideas for Using Full-Screen Viewing; Chapter 7: Organizing Screens with Mission Control; 7.1 What You'll Be Using; 7.2 Starting Mission Control; 7.3 Creating Additional Virtual Desktops (Spaces); 7.4 Removing a Virtual Desktop (Space); 7.5 Customizing the Mission Control Hotkey; 7.6 Additional Ideas for Using Mission Control; Chapter 8: Opening Apps with Launchpad; 8.1 What You'll Be Using; 8.2 Starting and Closing Launchpad; 8.3 Navigating the Launchpad Screen; 8.4 Rearranging Icons on Launchpad; 8.5 Organizing Icons into Launchpad Folders; 8.6 Creating a Launchpad Folder; 8.7 Removing a Program from a Launchpad Folder; 8.8 Additional Ideas for Using Launchpad; Wrangling Files and Folders; Chapter 9: Navigating Through Folders with the Finder; 9.1 What You'll Be Using; 9.2 Understanding Drives, Folders, and Files; 9.3 Understanding the Finder Window; 9.4 Viewing All Your Files; 9.5 Viewing a Folder Hierarchy; 9.6 Additional Ideas for Navigating the Folder Hierarchy; Chapter 10: Tricks for Managing Your Files and Folders; 10.1 What You'll Be Using; 10.2 Creating Files and Folders; 10.3 Sorting Files; 10.4 Peeking Inside a File; 10.5 Renaming a File or Folder; 10.6 Deleting a File or Folder; 10.7 Copying a File or Folder; 10.8 Moving a File or Folder; 10.9 Labeling Files and Folders by Color; 10.10 Searching Files and Folders by Color; 10.11 Additional Ideas for Managing Files and Folders; Chapter 11: Finding Files Fast with Spotlight and Smart Folders; 11.1 What You'll Be Using; 11.2 Finding Specific Files with Spotlight; 11.3 Using Smart Folders; 11.4 Additional Ideas for Finding Files; Chapter 12: Sharing Files Wirelessly; 12.1 What You'll Be Using; 12.2 Checking for Bluetooth Capability; 12.3 Turning On Bluetooth Sharing; 12.4 Sharing Files with Bluetooth; 12.5 Using AirDrop; 12.6 Additional Ideas for Transferring Files Wirelessly; Chapter 13: Storing Files on a CD or DVD; 13.1 What You'll Be Using; 13.2 Buying Discs; 13.3 Erasing a Read/Write (RW) Disc; 13.4 Choosing Files to Burn to a CD or DVD; 13.5 Additional Ideas for Burning CDs and DVDs; Chapter 14: Using Resume, Auto Save, and Versions; 14.1 What You'll Be Using; 14.2 Using Resume and Auto Save; 14.3 Using Versions; 14.4 Additional Ideas for Using Resume, Auto Save, and Versions; Chapter 15: Retrieving Files Back in Time; 15.1 What You'll Be Using; 15.2 Retrieving Files from the Trash; 15.3 Backing Up and Retrieving Files with Time Machine; 15.4 Additional Ideas for Backing Up Files; Making Life Easier; Chapter 16: Working Faster with Shortcut Commands; 16.1 What You'll Be Using; 16.2 Using Keyboard Shortcuts; 16.3 Using Buttons; 16.4 Using Shortcut Menus; 16.5 Additional Ideas for Using Shortcuts; Chapter 17: Controlling Your Macintosh with Hot Corners; 17.1 What You'll Be Using; 17.2 Defining a Hot Corner; 17.3 Using a Hot Corner; 17.4 Additional Ideas for Using Hot Corners; Chapter 18: Putting Information at Your Fingertips with Dashboard; 18.1 What You'll Be Using; 18.2 Starting Dashboard; 18.3 Changing the Appearance of Dashboard; 18.4 Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets; 18.5 Finding More Widgets; 18.6 Erasing Widgets; 18.7 Additional Ideas for Using Dashboard; Chapter 19: Giving Your Macintosh Multiple Personalities with User Accounts; 19.1 What You'll Be Using; 19.2 Understanding User Accounts; 19.3 Creating User Accounts; 19.4 Logging In and Out of an Account; 19.5 Fast Switching Between Accounts; 19.6 Deleting an Account; 19.7 Additional Ideas for Using Accounts; Chapter 20: Slapping Parental Controls on Your Kids; 20.1 What You'll Be Using; 20.2 Creating a Managed with Parental Controls Account; 20.3 Setting Parental Controls; 20.4 Additional Ideas for Using Managed with Parental Controls Accounts; Chapter 21: Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and Control; 21.1 What You'll Be Using; 21.2 Enlarging Text on the Screen; 21.3 Replacing Beeps with Screen Flashing; 21.4 Turning On Sticky Keys; 21.5 Using the Keyboard to Control the Mouse Pointer; 21.6 Additional Ideas for Using Universal Access Features; Chapter 22: Using the Mac App Store; 22.1 What You'll Be Using; 22.2 Accessing the Mac App Store; 22.3 Searching for a Program; 22.4 Downloading Programs; 22.5 Additional Ideas for Using the Mac App Store; Chapter 23: Installing, Updating, and Uninstalling Software; 23.1 What You'll Be Using; 23.2 Installing Software from a CD or DVD; 23.3 Installing Software over the Internet; 23.4 Updating Apple's Software; 23.5 Uninstalling Software; 23.6 Additional Ideas for Installing Software; Chapter 24: Saving Contact Information; 24.1 What You'll Be Using; 24.2 Storing Contacts; 24.3 Editing a Card; 24.4 Deleting a Card; 24.5 Searching for a Name (and Other Information); 24.6 Creating Groups; 24.7 Changing Your View; 24.8 Additional Ideas for Using Address Book; Chapter 25: Making Appointments in Your Calendar; 25.1 What You'll Be Using; 25.2 Changing Calendar Views; 25.3 Making an Appointment; 25.4 Modifying an Appointment; 25.5 Deleting an Appointment; 25.6 Creating Reminders; 25.7 Modifying a Reminder; 25.8 Deleting a Reminder; 25.9 Using Different Calendars; 25.10 Additional Ideas for Using iCal; Chapter 26: Typing Foreign Languages; 26.1 What You'll Be Using; 26.2 Typing Foreign Characters; 26.3 Clicking to Choose Foreign Characters; 26.4 Typing on a Foreign Language Keyboard Layout; 26.5 Typing in Foreign (Non-Roman) Characters; 26.6 Writing Chinese Characters by Hand; 26.7 Additional Ideas for Typing Foreign Characters; Playing Music and Movies; Chapter 27: Playing Audio CDs and Audio Files with iTunes; 27.1 What You'll Be Using; 27.2 Playing Audio CDs; 27.3 Adding Digital Audio Files to iTunes; 27.4 Deleting Digital Audio Files in iTunes; 27.5 Controlling Your Music; 27.6 Using Playlists; 27.7 Using the Genius Feature; 27.8 Tagging Your Songs; 27.9 Additional Ideas for Playing Music on Your Macintosh; Chapter 28: Ripping and Burning Audio CDs; 28.1 What You'll Be Using; 28.2 Ripping Songs off an Audio CD; 28.3 Burning a Custom Audio CD; 28.4 Additional Ideas for Ripping and Burning CDs; Chapter 29: Playing a DVD; 29.1 What You'll Be Using; 29.2 Switching Between Full Screen and Window Mode; 29.3 Viewing DVD Movie Chapters; 29.4 Using Bookmarks; 29.5 Additional Ideas for Playing a DVD; Chapter 30: Listening to News, Music, and Talk Shows Online; 30.1 What You'll Be Using; 30.2 Finding and Listening to an Internet Radio Station; 30.3 Finding Podcasts; 30.4 Additional Ideas for Listening to Radio Stations and Podcasts; Chapter 31: Listening to Free College Lectures; 31.1 What You'll Be Using; 31.2 Listening to a College Lecture from iTunes U; 31.3 Additional Ideas for Listening to Lectures; Chapter 32: Editing Video with iMovie; 32.1 What You'll Be Using; 32.2 Transferring Video to Your Macintosh; 32.3 Understanding iMovie's Interface; 32.4 Previewing Your Project; 32.5 Deleting Selections from Your Project; 32.6 Additional Ideas for Using iMovie; The Digital Shutterbug; Chapter 33: Transferring Pictures to Your Macintosh; 33.1 What You'll Be Using; 33.2 Transferring Photos from a Digital Camera; 33.3 Transferring Images from a Scanner; 33.4 Copying Images from a Web Page; 33.5 Capturing Screen Images; 33.6 Additional Ideas for Transferring and Storing Images; Chapter 34: Organizing Digital Photos in iPhoto; 34.1 What You'll Be Using; 34.2 How iPhoto Works; 34.3 Working with Events; 34.4 Viewing All Your Photos; 34.5 Working with Faces; 34.6 Viewing Photos with Places; 34.7 Editing Photo Locations; 34.8 Deleting Photos from iPhoto; 34.9 Additional Ideas for Organizing Digital Photos in iPhoto; Chapter 35: Tagging and Sorting Digital Photos in iPhoto; 35.1 What You'll Be Using; 35.2 Tagging Photos; 35.3 Sorting Photos; 35.4 Additional Ideas for Sorting Digital Photos in iPhoto; Chapter 36: Editing Digital Photos in iPhoto; 36.1 What You'll Be Using; 36.2 Rotating and Straightening Photos; 36.3 Cropping a Photo; 36.4 Touching Up a Photo; 36.5 Creating Unusual Visual Effects; 36.6 Adjust a Photo Manually; 36.7 Additional Ideas for Editing Digital Photos in iPhoto; Chapter 37: Showing Off Your Pictures; 37.1 What You'll Be Using; 37.2 Displaying Your Pictures on the Desktop; 37.3 Using Your Pictures as a Screensaver; 37.4 Creating a Special Picture Folder; 37.5 Additional Ideas for Displaying Pictures; Chapter 38: Taking Pictures of Yourself with Photo Booth; 38.1 What You'll Be Using; 38.2 Capturing Pictures with Photo Booth; 38.3 Viewing Photo Booth Pictures; 38.4 Saving Photo Booth Pictures; 38.5 Deleting Photo Booth Pictures; 38.6 Additional Ideas for Using Photo Booth; Surfing and Sharing on the Internet; Chapter 39: Getting on the Internet and Sharing Folders; 39.1 What You'll Be Using; 39.2 Connecting to the Internet; 39.3 Sharing Folders over a Network; 39.4 Additional Ideas for Connecting to the Internet; Chapter 40: Remembering Your Favorite Websites; 40.1 What You'll Be Using; 40.2 Viewing Previously Visited Websites; 40.3 Creating a List of Top Sites; 40.4 Using Bookmarks; 40.5 Organizing Bookmarks in Folders; 40.6 Additional Ideas for Using Bookmarks and the History Menu; Chapter 41: Saving a Web Page; 41.1 What You'll Be Using; 41.2 Using a Reading List; 41.3 Saving a Web Page as a File; 41.4 Emailing a Web Page; 41.5 Additional Ideas for Saving Web Pages; Chapter 42: Keeping Your Internet Activities Private; 42.1 What You'll Be Using; 42.2 Identifying Safe Websites; 42.3 Clearing Your Internet Tracks; 42.4 Avoiding Fraudulent Websites and Phishing Scams; 42.5 Hiding Your Browsing from Others; 42.6 Cleaning Out Cookies; 42.7 Additional Ideas for Browsing in Private; Chapter 43: Customizing Safari; 43.1 What You'll Be Using; 43.2 Customizing Safari's Search Engine, Home Page, and Downloads; 43.3 Customizing the Appearance of a Web Page; 43.4 Using Windows and Tabs; 43.5 Additional Ideas for Customizing Safari; Chapter 44: Setting Up an Email Account; 44.1 What You'll Be Using; 44.2 Getting Your Email Account Information; 44.3 Configuring Mail Automatically; 44.4 Configuring Mail Manually; 44.5 Additional Ideas for Creating Accounts in Mail; Chapter 45: Reading and Writing Email; 45.1 What You'll Be Using; 45.2 Retrieving Email Messages; 45.3 Reading Email Messages; 45.4 Deleting a Message; 45.5 Saving Email Addresses; 45.6 Writing a Message; 45.7 Additional Ideas for Reading and Writing Messages; Chapter 46: Making Email Look Pretty; 46.1 What You'll Be Using; 46.2 Using Stationery; 46.3 Using Signatures; 46.4 Additional Ideas for Making Email Look Pretty; Chapter 47: Organizing Your Email; 47.1 What You'll Be Using; 47.2 Sorting Messages; 47.3 Searching for Messages; 47.4 Using Smart Mailboxes; 47.5 Using Rules to Sort Messages; 47.6 Additional Ideas for Organizing Email; Chapter 48: Dealing with Junk Email; 48.1 What You'll Be Using; 48.2 Using Junk Mail Filtering; 48.3 Additional Ideas for Dealing with Junk Email; Chapter 49: Video Chatting with FaceTime; 49.1 What You'll Be Using; 49.2 Setting Up a FaceTime Account; 49.3 Accepting a FaceTime Call; 49.4 Temporarily Turning FaceTime Off; 49.5 Making a Call with FaceTime; 49.6 Additional Ideas for Using FaceTime; Chapter 50: Instant Messaging with iChat; 50.1 What You'll Be Using; 50.2 Setting Up an iChat Account; 50.3 Starting iChat; 50.4 Chatting with Others in iChat; 50.5 Additional Ideas for Using iChat; Maintaining Your Mac; Chapter 51: Learning About Your Macintosh; 51.1 What You'll Be Using; 51.2 Identifying Your Operating System Version, Processor Type, and Memory; 51.3 Identifying Your Macintosh Serial Number; 51.4 Identifying Your Monitor's Resolution; 51.5 Identifying Your Hard Disk's Free Space; 51.6 Identifying Your Macintosh's Memory (RAM); 51.7 Additional Ideas; Chapter 52: Conserving Energy While Using Your Macintosh; 52.1 What You'll Be Using; 52.2 Sleepy Time; 52.3 Forcing Your Macintosh to Sleep; 52.4 Making Your Macintosh Sleep (and Start) on a Schedule; 52.5 Additional Ideas for Conserving Energy; Chapter 53: Ejecting Stuck CDs or DVDs; 53.1 What You'll Be Using; 53.2 How to Eject a CD or DVD Normally; 53.3 How to Eject a Stuck CD or DVD; 53.4 Additional Ideas for Ejecting and Preventing Stuck CDs or DVDs; Chapter 54: Password Protecting Your Macintosh; 54.1 What You'll Be Using; 54.2 Password Protecting Screensaver and Sleep Mode; 54.3 Password Protecting System Preferences; 54.4 Disabling Automatic Login; 54.5 Choosing and Changing Your Passwords; 54.6 Additional Ideas for Password Protecting Your Macintosh; Chapter 55: Encrypting Your Data and Guarding Your Privacy; 55.1 What You'll Be Using; 55.2 Encrypting Your Hard Disk; 55.3 Turning Off Location Services; 55.4 Additional Ideas for Encrypting Your Data; Chapter 56: Configuring the Firewall; 56.1 What You'll Be Using; 56.2 Turning the Firewall On (or Off); 56.3 Configuring the Firewall; 56.4 Additional Ideas for Using the Firewall; The Next Step; Colophon; Updates;