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Is Windows giving you pause? Ready to make the leap to the Mac instead? There has never been a better time to switch from Windows to Mac, and this incomparable guide will help you make a smooth transition. New York Times
columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.
Learning to use a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. No viruses, worms, or spyware. No questionable firewalls, inefficient permissions, or other strange features. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. Whether you're using Windows XP or Vista, we've got you covered.
If you're ready to take on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the latest edition of this bestselling guide tells you everything you need to know:
- Transferring your stuff -- Moving photos, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents is the easy part. This book gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.
- Re-creating your software suite -- Big-name programs (Word, Photoshop, Firefox, Dreamweaver, and so on) are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are available only for Windows. This guide identifies the Mac equivalents and explains how to move your data to them.
- Learning Snow Leopard -- Once you've moved into the Mac, a final task awaits: Learning your way around. Fortunately, you're in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to the Macintosh.
Moving from Windows to a Mac successfully and painlessly is the one thing Apple does not deliver. Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition is your ticket to a new computing experience.
The latest edition of one of the hottest Mac books available -- updated for Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, known as "Snow Leopard." Those who have made the switch from a Windows PC to a Mac have made a runaway bestseller out of previous editions of "Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual". This guide delivers what Apple doesn't -- everything readers need to know to successfully and painlessly move their files and adapt to Mac's way of doing things. The book is written with wit and objectivity by Missing Manual series creator and bestselling author David Pogue.
About the Author
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; What Mac OS X Gives You; What Mac OS X Takes Away; About This Book; The Very Basics; Part I: Welcome to Macintosh; Chapter 1: How the Mac Is Different; 1.1 Power On, Dude; 1.2 That One-Button Mouse; 1.3 On, Off, and Sleep; 1.4 The Menu Bar; 1.5 Finder = Windows Explorer; 1.6 Dock = Taskbar; 1.7 Menulets = Tray; 1.8 Keyboard Differences; 1.9 Disk Differences; 1.10 Where Your Stuff Is; 1.11 Window Controls; 1.12 Terminology Differences; Chapter 2: Folders, Dock, and Windows; 2.1 Getting into Mac OS X; 2.2 The Four Window Views; 2.3 Icon View; 2.4 List View; 2.5 Column View; 2.6 Cover Flow View; 2.7 Quick Look; 2.8 The Dock; 2.9 The Finder Toolbar; 2.10 Getting Help in Mac OS X; Chapter 3: Files, Icons, and Spotlight; 3.1 Renaming Icons; 3.2 Selecting Icons; 3.3 Moving and Copying Icons; 3.4 Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Once; 3.5 Color Labels; 3.6 The Trash; 3.7 Get Info; 3.8 The Spotlight Menu; 3.9 The Spotlight Window; 3.10 Customizing Spotlight; 3.11 Smart Folders; Chapter 4: Documents, Programs, and Spaces; 4.1 Opening Mac OS X Programs; 4.2 The New, Improved "Alt-Tab"; 4.3 Exposé: Death to Window Clutter; 4.4 Spaces: Your Free Quad-Display Mac; 4.5 Hiding Programs the Old-Fashioned Way; 4.6 How Documents Know Their Parents; 4.7 Keyboard Control; 4.8 The Save and Open Dialog Boxes; 4.9 Universal Apps (Intel Macs); 4.10 Installing Mac OS X Programs; 4.11 Dashboard; 4.12 Web Clips: Make Your Own Widgets; 4.13 Power Typing in Snow Leopard; 4.14 The Many Languages of Mac OS X Text; 4.15 Data Detectors; Part II: Making the Move; Chapter 5: Seven Ways to Transfer Your Files; 5.1 Transfers by Apple Genius; 5.2 Transfers by Network; 5.3 Transfers by Disk; 5.4 Transfers by File-Sending Web Site; 5.5 Transfers by Email; 5.6 Transfers by iDisk; 5.7 Transfers by Bluetooth; 5.8 Where to Put Your Copied Files; 5.9 Document Conversion Issues; Chapter 6: Transferring Email and Contacts; 6.1 Ways to Move Your Email; 6.2 A Reminder That Could Save You Hours; 6.3 Transferring Your Outlook Mail; 6.4 Transferring Your Outlook Addresses; 6.5 Transferring from Outlook Express (Windows Mail); 6.6 Email Settings; 6.7 Life with Microsoft Exchange; Chapter 7: Special Software, Special Problems; 7.1 ACDSee; 7.2 Acrobat Reader; 7.3 ACT; 7.4 Ad Subtract (Pop-up Stopper); 7.5 Adobe [your favorite program here]; 7.6 America Online; 7.7 AIM (AOL Instant Messenger); 7.8 Children's Software; 7.9 Easy CD Creator; 7.10 Encarta; 7.11 Eudora; 7.12 Excel; 7.13 Firefox; 7.14 Games; 7.15 Google Desktop Search; 7.16 ICQ; 7.17 Internet Explorer; 7.18 iTunes; 7.19 Limewire; 7.20 McAfee VirusScan; 7.21 Microsoft Access; 7.22 Microsoft Money; 7.23 Microsoft Office; 7.24 Microsoft Publisher; 7.25 Microsoft Visio; 7.26 Minesweeper; 7.27 MSN Messenger; 7.28 NaturallySpeaking; 7.29 Netscape; 7.30 Newsgroup Readers; 7.31 Norton AntiVirus; 7.32 Norton Utilities; 7.33 Notepad; 7.34 Outlook/Outlook Express/Windows Mail; 7.35 Paint Shop Pro; 7.36 Palm Desktop; 7.37 Picasa; 7.38 PowerPoint; 7.39 QuickBooks; 7.40 Quicken; 7.41 RealPlayer; 7.42 RssReader; 7.43 Skype; 7.44 SnagIt; 7.45 Solitaire; 7.46 Street Atlas USA; 7.47 TaxCut, TurboTax; 7.48 WinAmp, MusicMatch; 7.49 Windows Media Player; 7.50 WinZip; 7.51 Word; 7.52 WordPerfect; 7.53 Yahoo Messenger; Chapter 8: Windows on Macintosh; 8.1 Boot Camp; 8.2 Windows in a Window; Chapter 9: Hardware on the Mac; 9.1 Printers and Printing; 9.2 Faxing; 9.3 PDF Files; 9.4 Fonts--and Font Book; 9.5 Digital Cameras; 9.6 Disks; 9.7 Burning CDs and DVDs; 9.8 iTunes: The Digital Jukebox; 9.9 DVD Movies; 9.10 Keyboard; 9.11 Mouse; 9.12 Monitors; 9.13 Time Machine Backups; Part III: Making Connections; Chapter 10: Internet Setup and MobileMe; 10.1 Network Central--and Multihoming; 10.2 Broadband Connections; 10.3 Cellular Modems; 10.4 Dial-up Modem Connections; 10.5 Switching Locations; 10.6 Internet Sharing; 10.7 MobileMe; 10.8 Internet Location Files; Chapter 11: Mail and Address Book; 11.1 Checking Your Mail; 11.2 Writing Messages; 11.3 Stationery; 11.4 Reading Email; 11.5 The Anti-Spam Toolkit; 11.6 RSS Feeds; 11.7 Notes; 11.8 To Dos; 11.9 Address Book; Chapter 12: Safari and iChat; 12.1 Safari; 12.2 Tips for Better Surfing; 12.3 Tabbed Browsing; 12.4 RSS: The Missing Manual; 12.5 iChat; 12.6 Making a List; 12.7 Let the Chat Begin; 12.8 Text Chatting; 12.9 Audio Chats; 12.10 Video Chats; 12.11 iChat Tweaks; Part IV: Putting Down Roots; Chapter 13: Accounts, Parental Controls, and Security; 13.1 Introducing Accounts; 13.2 Creating an Account; 13.3 Parental Controls; 13.4 Editing Accounts; 13.5 Setting Up the Login Process; 13.6 Signing In, Logging Out; 13.7 Sharing Across Accounts; 13.8 Fast User Switching; 13.9 Five Mac OS X Security Shields; Chapter 14: Networking, File Sharing, and Screen Sharing; 14.1 Wiring the Network; 14.2 File Sharing; 14.3 Accessing Shared Files; 14.4 Networking with Windows; 14.5 Screen Sharing; Chapter 15: System Preferences; 15.1 The System Preferences Window; 15.2 Accounts; 15.3 Appearance; 15.4 Bluetooth; 15.5 CDs and DVDs; 15.6 Date and Time; 15.7 Desktop and Screen Saver; 15.8 Displays; 15.9 Dock; 15.10 Energy Saver; 15.11 Exposé and Spaces; 15.12 Keyboard; 15.13 Language and Text; 15.14 MobileMe; 15.15 Mouse; 15.16 Network; 15.17 Parental Controls; 15.18 Print and Fax; 15.19 Security; 15.20 Sharing; 15.21 Software Update; 15.22 Sound; 15.23 Speech; 15.24 Spotlight; 15.25 Startup Disk; 15.26 Time Machine; 15.27 Trackpad; 15.28 Universal Access; Chapter 16: The Free Programs; 16.1 Address Book; 16.2 Automator; 16.3 Calculator; 16.4 Chess; 16.5 Dashboard; 16.6 Dictionary; 16.7 DVD Player; 16.8 Font Book; 16.9 Front Row; 16.10 GarageBand; 16.11 iCal; 16.12 iChat; 16.13 iDVD; 16.14 Image Capture; 16.15 iMovie, iPhoto; 16.16 iTunes; 16.17 Mail; 16.18 Photo Booth; 16.19 Preview; 16.20 QuickTime Player; 16.21 Safari; 16.22 Stickies; 16.23 System Preferences; 16.24 TextEdit; 16.25 Time Machine; 16.26 Utilities: Your Mac OS X Toolbox; Part V: Appendixes; Installation and Troubleshooting; Getting Ready to Install; Two Kinds of Installation; The Automatic Installation; The Erase and Install Option; The Setup Assistant; Troubleshooting; The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary; About [This Program]; The Master Mac OS X Secret Keystroke List; Startup Keystrokes; Colophon;