Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual

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For a company that promised to "put a pause on new features," Apple sure has been busy-there's barely a feature left untouched in Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard." There's more speed, more polish, more refinement-but still no manual. Fortunately, David Pogue is back, with the humor and expertise that have made this the #1 bestselling Mac book for eight years straight. You get all the answers with jargon-free introductions to:

  • Big-ticket changes. A 64-bit overhaul. Faster ...
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Overview

For a company that promised to "put a pause on new features," Apple sure has been busy-there's barely a feature left untouched in Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard." There's more speed, more polish, more refinement-but still no manual. Fortunately, David Pogue is back, with the humor and expertise that have made this the #1 bestselling Mac book for eight years straight. You get all the answers with jargon-free introductions to:

  • Big-ticket changes. A 64-bit overhaul. Faster everything. A rewritten Finder. Microsoft Exchange compatibility. All-new QuickTime Player. If Apple wrote it, this book covers it.
  • Snow Leopard Spots. This book demystifies the hundreds of smaller enhancements, too, in all 50 programs that come with the Mac: Safari, Mail, iChat, Preview, Time Machine.
  • Shortcuts. This must be the tippiest, trickiest Mac book ever written. Undocumented surprises await on every page.
  • Power usage. Security, networking, build-your-own Services, file sharing with Windows, even Mac OS X's Unix chassis-this one witty, expert guide makes it all crystal clear.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596153281
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 885
  • Sales rank: 467,921
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
Acknowledgments;
The Missing Manual Series;
Introduction;
Introduction;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Part One: The Mac OS X Desktop;
Chapter 1: Folders & Windows;
1.1 Getting into Mac OS X;
1.2 Windows and How to Work Them;
1.3 The Four Window Views;
1.4 Icon View;
1.5 List View;
1.6 Column View;
1.7 Cover Flow View;
1.8 Quick Look;
1.9 Logging Out, Shutting Down;
1.10 Getting Help in Mac OS X;
Chapter 2: Organizing Your Stuff;
2.1 The Mac OS X Folder Structure;
2.2 Icon Names;
2.3 Selecting Icons;
2.4 Moving and Copying Icons;
2.5 Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Once;
2.6 Color Labels;
2.7 The Trash;
2.8 Get Info;
Chapter 3: Spotlight;
3.1 The Spotlight Menu;
3.2 The Spotlight Window;
3.3 Customizing Spotlight;
3.4 Smart Folders;
Chapter 4: Dock, Desktop, & Toolbars;
4.1 The Dock;
4.2 Setting Up the Dock;
4.3 Using the Dock;
4.4 The Finder Toolbar;
4.5 Designing Your Desktop;
4.6 Menulets: The Missing Manual;
Part Two: Programs in Mac OS X;
Chapter 5: Documents, Programs, & Spaces;
5.1 Opening Mac OS X Programs;
5.2 The “Heads-Up” Program Switcher;
5.3 Exposé: Death to Window Clutter;
5.4 Spaces: Your Free Quad-Display Mac;
5.5 Hiding Programs the Old-Fashioned Way;
5.6 How Documents Know Their Parents;
5.7 Keyboard Control;
5.8 The Save and Open Dialog Boxes;
5.9 Two Kinds of Programs: Cocoa and Carbon;
5.10 The Cocoa Difference;
5.11 Universal Apps (Intel Macs) and Rosetta;
5.12 Installing Mac OS X Programs;
5.13 Dashboard;
5.14 Web Clips: Make Your Own Widgets;
Chapter 6: Entering Data, Moving Data, & Time Machine;
6.1 The Macintosh Keyboard;
6.2 Notes on Right-Clicking;
6.3 Power Typing in Snow Leopard;
6.4 The Many Languages of Mac OS X Text;
6.5 Data Detectors;
6.6 Moving Data Between Documents;
6.7 Exchanging Data with Other Macs;
6.8 Exchanging Data with Windows PCs;
6.9 Time Machine;
Chapter 7: Services, Automator, & AppleScript;
7.1 Services;
7.2 Automator;
7.3 Building Your Own Workflow;
7.4 Doing More with Automator;
7.5 AppleScript;
Chapter 8: Windows on Macintosh;
8.1 Boot Camp;
8.2 Windows in a Window;
8.3 Life with Microsoft Exchange;
Part Three: The Components of Mac OS X;
Chapter 9: System Preferences;
9.1 The System Preferences Window;
9.2 Accounts;
9.3 Appearance;
9.4 Bluetooth;
9.5 CDs & DVDs;
9.6 Date & Time;
9.7 Desktop & Screen Saver;
9.8 Displays;
9.9 Dock;
9.10 Energy Saver;
9.11 Exposé & Spaces;
9.12 Keyboard;
9.13 Language & Text;
9.14 MobileMe;
9.15 Mouse;
9.16 Network;
9.17 Parental Controls;
9.18 Print & Fax;
9.19 Security;
9.20 Sharing;
9.21 Software Update;
9.22 Sound;
9.23 Speech;
9.24 Spotlight;
9.25 Startup Disk;
9.26 Time Machine;
9.27 Trackpad;
9.28 Universal Access;
Chapter 10: The Free Programs;
10.1 Your Free Mac OS X Programs;
10.2 Address Book;
10.3 Automator;
10.4 Calculator;
10.5 Chess;
10.6 Dashboard;
10.7 Dictionary;
10.8 DVD Player;
10.9 Font Book;
10.10 Front Row;
10.11 GarageBand;
10.12 iCal;
10.13 iChat;
10.14 iDVD;
10.15 Image Capture;
10.16 iMovie, iPhoto;
10.17 iSync;
10.18 iTunes;
10.19 Mail;
10.20 Photo Booth;
10.21 Preview;
10.22 QuickTime Player;
10.23 Safari;
10.24 Stickies;
10.25 System Preferences;
10.26 TextEdit;
10.27 Time Machine;
10.28 Utilities: Your Mac OS X Toolbox;
Chapter 11: CDs, DVDs, & iTunes;
11.1 Disks Today;
11.2 Disks In, Disks Out;
11.3 Startup Disks;
11.4 Burning CDs and DVDs;
11.5 iTunes: The Digital Jukebox;
11.6 DVD Movies;
Part Four: The Technologies of Mac OS X;
Chapter 12: Accounts, Parental Controls, & Security;
12.1 Introducing Accounts;
12.2 Creating an Account;
12.3 Parental Controls;
12.4 Editing Accounts;
12.5 Setting Up the Login Process;
12.6 Signing In, Logging Out;
12.7 Sharing Across Accounts;
12.8 Fast User Switching;
12.9 Five Mac OS X Security Shields;
Chapter 13: Networking, File Sharing, & Screen Sharing;
13.1 Wiring the Network;
13.2 File Sharing;
13.3 Accessing Shared Files;
13.4 Networking with Windows;
13.5 Screen Sharing;
13.6 More Dialing In from the Road;
Chapter 14: Printing, Faxing, Fonts, & Graphics;
14.1 Mac Meets Printer;
14.2 Making the Printout;
14.3 Managing Printouts;
14.4 Printer Sharing;
14.5 Faxing;
14.6 PDF Files;
14.7 Fonts—and Font Book;
14.8 ColorSync;
14.9 Graphics in Mac OS X;
14.10 Screen-Capture Keystrokes;
Chapter 15: Sound, Movies, & Speech;
15.1 Playing Sounds;
15.2 Recording Sound;
15.3 QuickTime Movies;
15.4 Speech Recognition;
15.5 The Mac Reads to You;
15.6 VoiceOver;
15.7 Ink: Handwriting Recognition;
15.8 Front Row;
Chapter 16: The Unix Crash Course;
16.1 Terminal;
16.2 Navigating in Unix;
16.3 Working with Files and Directories;
16.4 Online Help;
16.5 Terminal Preferences;
16.6 Terminal Tips and Tricks;
16.7 Changing Permissions with Terminal;
16.8 20 Useful Unix Utilities;
16.9 Putting It Together;
Chapter 17: Hacking Mac OS X;
17.1 TinkerTool: Customization 101;
17.2 Redoing Mac OS X’s Graphics;
17.3 Replacing the Finder Icons;
17.4 Rewriting the Words;
17.5 Your Bright Hacking Future;
Part Five: Mac OS Online;
Chapter 18: Internet Setup & MobileMe;
18.1 The Best News You’ve Heard All Day;
18.2 Network Central—and Multihoming;
18.3 Broadband Connections;
18.4 Cellular Modems;
18.5 Dial-up Modem Connections;
18.6 Switching Locations;
18.7 Internet Sharing;
18.8 MobileMe;
18.9 Internet Location Files;
Chapter 19: Mail & Address Book;
19.1 Setting Up Mail;
19.2 Checking Your Mail;
19.3 Writing Messages;
19.4 Stationery;
19.5 Reading Email;
19.6 The Anti-Spam Toolkit;
19.7 RSS Feeds;
19.8 Notes;
19.9 To Dos;
19.10 Address Book;
Chapter 20: Safari;
20.1 Safari;
20.2 Tips for Better Surfing;
20.3 Tabbed Browsing;
20.4 RSS: The Missing Manual;
Chapter 21: iChat;
21.1 Welcome to iChat;
21.2 Three Chat Networks;
21.3 Signing Up;
21.4 The Buddy Lists;
21.5 Making a List;
21.6 Let the Chat Begin;
21.7 Text Chatting;
21.8 Audio Chats;
21.9 Video Chats;
21.10 Sharing Your Screen;
21.11 iChat Theater;
21.12 iChat Tweaks;
Chapter 22: SSH, FTP, VPN, & Web Sharing;
22.1 Web Sharing;
22.2 FTP;
22.3 Connecting from the Road;
22.4 Remote Access with SSH;
22.5 Virtual Private Networking;
Part Six: Appendixes;
Installing Mac OS X 10.6;
Getting Ready to Install;
Two Kinds of Installation;
The Automatic Installation;
The Erase & Install Option;
The Setup Assistant;
Uninstalling Mac OS X 10.6;
Troubleshooting;
Minor Eccentric Behavior;
Frozen Programs (Force Quitting);
Can’t Move or Rename an Icon;
Application Won’t Open;
Startup Problems;
Fixing the Disk;
Where to Get Troubleshooting Help;
The Windows-to-Mac Dictionary;
About [this program];
Where to Go from Here;
Web Sites;
Free Email Newsletters;
Advanced Books, Programming Books;
The Master Mace OS X Secret Keystroke List;
Startup Keystrokes;
In the Finder;
Menu;
Finder Menu;
File Menu;
Edit Menu;
View Menu;
Go Menu;
Window Menu;
Help Menu;
Power Keys;
The Dock;
Managing Programs;
Dialog Boxes;
Colophon;

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Must-Have Reference

    There are two things I always look forward to related to my Macs: Apple's consistently innovative OS improvements with an upgrade or new version, and David Pogue's "Missing Manual." I have relied on the Missing Manual series as my primary reference with each new version of the OS and always easily find the answers to any question that comes up, whether simple or complex. I enjoy Poque's style of writing, his clarity and his humor.

    Buy the book! You won't be disappointed.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Comprehensive

    I have been buying each edition and using them as class textbooks. Essentially, its a reference book. There are so many features to the operating system that shorter books don't cover them all. The Missing Manual series is good in general because writers are putting the books together, instead of just computer people. This author has a regular column on Thursdays in the New York Times.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Helpful guide to the MAC Operating system

    This is another good guide to Mac systems by David Pogue. Even though I have used Macs since they came out, I discovered a number of items about how things work which improved my ability to make my computer useful.There is a lot of material that is familiar to the versatile user so you must look at specific topics to learn new things. If a novice with the system, there is lots of clear explanation for how to accomplish tasks and arrange the computer to work successfully.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great Help

    I found this to be very helpful - I've not been taking full advantage of my Mac because I had a few key pieces of information missing. This resource filled in the blanks!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great and Simple Guide

    This book is excellent. Easy to understand and comprehend. Being a new mac user I found it very helpful in helping me understand how Mac works and how to complete different tasks and change certain settings. A must have for every Mac user new or current.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Great book for Snow Leopard users

    The missing manual always does a great job of covering whatever subject they are writing about. I particularity like this book since it does more of a deep dive on the features of snow leopard that other books on the market. http://www.pcgenius.com

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Book/Manual

    This is a great manual, it breaksdown OS X Snow Leopard to easy to understand parts. If you want to figure out how to do something, you can just reference that item either in the index or if you want more in depth information you can read the chapter on it. Like how this manual has been done. Gives examples from Windows to what the equivalent is in Mac. Highly recommend to anyone that is new to Mac.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    everything you need to know and more

    I keep this book on my desk and use it all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Well organized - easy to use

    Excellent for the reference shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A

    As a new Mac user, this book has been invaluable for me. It has solved several problems for me already and will be used many times in the future. Well written and very easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    This is a very helpful reference book

    very organized information...format makes it easy to follow..information is relevant to needed answers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    excellent reference manual

    useful to look up stuff when you need to know how to do something

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A lot of extra information

    Contains lots of info not in other books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Mac OS X Missing Manual

    A great reference for new MAC users!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Comprehensive reference for Mac OS X.

    Recommend this book to anyone starting out using OS X. Also a great reference for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I would buy this product again

    Clearly written. Easy to use.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    MAC OS Snow Leopard

    Very Impressed with the material

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great!

    Mainly reference. Well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Complicated book for a simple mind

    I should have bought the computer book for dummies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    OK

    The information is good though not definitive. A broader based index would make this manual more helpful.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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