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Hip help on how to make Apple's new Mac OS X Snow Leopard purr
  • Full-color, 400 pages, and packed with information, this savvy guide gives readers the essential information they need on Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Whether novices or serious Mac fans, readers will find that this book answers the questions they have most, without overwhelming them with detail
  • Topics include troubleshooting and maintaining Mac OS X, customizing the computer and workspace, automating repetitive tasks, using Unix, manipulating images and multimedia, listening to music and podcasts, connecting peripherals, copying music to an iPod, syncing Macs to other devices, and more
  • As with all books in the Portable Genius series, this book is fun but straightforward; it comes in a handy portable size that doesn't skimp on the essentials and is packed with tips, cool tricks, and savvy advice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470436370
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Portable Genius Series , #9
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dwight Spivey is a software and support engineer for Konica Minolta, where he specializes in working with Mac operating systems, applications, and hardware. He is the author of Mac OS X Leopard Portable Genius, teaches classes on Mac usage, and is a Mac OS X beta tester for Apple.
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Table of Contents

chapter 1 How Do I Get Started with Snow Leopard? 2

System Requirements for Installing Snow Leopard 4

What's New in Snow Leopard? 4

Choosing an Installation Method 5

Upgrading to Snow Leopard 5

Custom Installations 7

Advanced Installation Options 8

Partitioning your hard drive 8

Installing the Xcode Developer Tools 9

Working with Finder 10

The Snow Leopard Desktop at a glance 11

Desktop 11

Finder windows 13

Setting the Finder preferences 14

General 14

Labels and Sidebar 16

Advanced 16

Moving around in the Finder 17

Finder viewing options 17

Icons 17

List 18

Columns 18

Cover Flow 18

Getting Information on Files and Folders 19

Using Quick Look 20

Working with Removable Media 21

Utilizing the Dock 22

Adding and removing items 22

Setting the Dock's preferences 23

Searching for Items 24

Searching with Spotlight 24

Setting Spotlight preferences 25

Searching within a Finder window 27

Managing Windows with Exposé 28

Manipulating open windows 28

Setting Exposé preferences 29

Taking Screenshots 29

Capture screenshots manually 30

Using Grab to capture screenshots 30

Using Multiple Desktops with Spaces 30

Setting Spaces preferences 31

Adding and removing spaces 31

Moving between spaces 32

Assigning applications to spaces 33

chapter 2 Can I Customize Snow Leopard? 34

The Appearance Preferences Pane 36

Color modifications 36

Scrolling options 36

Accessing recently used items 37

Viewing fonts 38

Changing the Desktop 39

Choosing a desktop picture 39

Selecting a screen saver 40

Set the screen saver's options 41

Using hot corners 42

Customizing the Finder 43

Finder Windows43

Modifying the toolbar 44

Change the sidebar 46

Add a background image or color 47

Changing icons 48

Adding and removing items in the Dock 50

Change the Dock's appearance and placement 50

Working with Widgets 51

Snow Leopard Widgets 53

Managing widgets 54

Setting preferences in widgets 55

Finding more cool widgets 56

Create your own widgets using Web Clips 58

chapter 3 How Do I Change Snow Leopard's System Preferences? 60

Personal 62

Language & Text 62

Language 62

Text 63

Formats 64

Input Sources 64

Security 66

General 66

FileVault 67

Firewall 67

Hardware 68

CDs & DVDs 68

Displays 68

Energy Saver 70

Keyboard & Mouse 71

Trackpad 72

Sound 73

Internet & Network 74

MobileMe 74

Network 75

System 76

Date & Time 76

Software Update 77

Speech 78

Speech Recognition 78

Text to Speech 79

Startup Disk 79

Universal Access 79

Adding a Disk Images preferences pane 80

Other System Preferences 80

chapter 4 How Do I Manage User Accounts? 82

Types of Accounts 84

Administrator 84

Standard 84

Managed with Parental Controls 84

Sharing Only 85

Creating New User Accounts 85

Password assistance 87

Modify account settings 87

Logging into Accounts 90

Login Options 90

Login Items 92

Setting Up Simple Finder 93

Limiting Access 95

Enabling Parental Controls 95

Application and function restrictions 96

Web site restrictions 97

Allow unrestricted access to websites 98

Try to limit access to adult websites automatically 98

Allow access to only these websites 99

Mail and iChat limitations 99

Setting time limits 100

Keeping account activity logs 101

chapter 5 What Can I Do with Applications and Utilities? 102

Discovering Applications 104

Calculator 104

Chess 106

Dictionary 107

DVD Player 107

Font Book 108

Stickies 109

Additional applications 109

Navigating Snow Leopard's applications 110

How to open and close applications 111

Common commands and keyboard shortcuts 112

Easily access applications with a Stack 113

Using Utilities 114

Working with Documents in TextEdit 116

Setting TextEdit Preferences 117

Creating and saving your document 120

Opening an existing document 120

A word about file formats 121

Formatting Your TextEdit Documents 122

Using fonts 122

Using the Fonts window 123

Checking spelling and grammar 124

chapter 6 How Can I Print with Snow Leopard? 126

Set Up a Printer 128

Installing your printer's software 128

Connecting your printer 130

USB 131

Network 131

Create a Print queue 132

Print Documents 136

Discovery Snow Leopard's Print options 138

Creating your own PDFs 141

Security options 143

Why and how to create PostScript files 144

Assigning ICC profiles to a Printer 144

chapter 7 How Do I Work with PDFs and Images? 146

File Types Supported by Preview 148

Open and Save Files in Preview 148

Set Preview's Preferences 150

General 151

Images 151

PDF 151

Bookmarks 152

View and Edit PDFs 153

Mark up and annotate PDFs 153

Delete pages from a PDF 154

Rearrange pages in a PDF 155

View and Edit Images 155

Resizing and rotating images 157

Adjusting color in images 158

chapter 8 How Do I Organize My Life with iCal and Address Book? 160

Creating Calendars 162

Adding events to calendars 163

Editing calendar events 164

Setting iCal Preferences 165

Sharing Calendars 168

Publishing a calendar 168

Exporting a calendar 169

Subscribing to calendars 170

Printing Calendars 171

Working with Contacts in Address Book 172

New cards 173

New groups 174

Importing contacts 175

Exporting contacts 177

Setting Address Book Preferences 177

General 177

Accounts 178

Template 178

Phone 180

vCard 180

Getting Detailed Maps of Addresses 181

Syncing Contacts and Calendars with Handheld Devices 182

Connecting a device to your Mac 182

Supported devices 182

Bluetooth 182

USB 184

Syncing with iSync 184

Add a device to iSync 185

Sync device with your Mac 185

Sync alert 187

iSync preferences 188

Syncing an iPhone or iPod touch with iTunes 189

chapter 9 How Do I Master the Web with Safari? 190

Setting Safari Preferences 192

General 192

Appearance 193

Bookmarks 194

Tabs 195

RSS 195

AutoFill 196

Security 197

Advanced 198

Using Bookmarks 200

Organizing bookmarks 200

Importing and exporting bookmarks 202

Customizing Safari's Main Window 202

Viewing Your Favorite Pages with Top Sites 203

Private Browsing 206

Viewing RSS Feeds 207

Viewing Windows Media Files 208

Finding Text on a Web Site 209

Troubleshooting Safari 210

A Web page won't open 210

Unable to download files 210

Downloaded files won't open 211

The AutoFill feature isn't working 211

Images aren't displaying correctly 211

chapter 10 How Do I Stay Connected with Mail? 214

Getting Around in Mail 216

Customizing the Toolbar 217

Managing E-mail Accounts 218

Automatic setup 218

Manual setup 220

Composing E-mail 222

Using Stationery 223

Adding attachments 224

Formatting content 225

Receiving, Replying to, and Forwarding E-mail 225

Organizing Mailboxes 226

Mailboxes 226

Creating custom and Smart Mailboxes 227

Notes and To Dos 228

Using RSS Feeds 230

Troubleshooting Mail 231

Unable to send messages 231

Unable to receive messages 232

chapter 11 What Are iTunes' Coolest Features? 234

Getting Around in iTunes 236

Understanding the iTunes window layout 236

Full Screen mode 237

Setting iTunes Preferences 238

General 238

Playback 238

Sharing 238

Store 238

Parental 239

Apple TV 239

Devices 240

Advanced 240

Organizing and Playing Media 241

Importing music 242

Automatically importing from CDs 242

Importing individual music files 242

Creating playlists 243

Setting up Genius playlists 244

Using Smart Playlists 245

Burning CDs 245

Managing audio file information 247

Adding album artwork to your music 248

Streaming radio 248

Backing up your audio Library 249

Converting audio formats 251

Creating ringtones for your iPhone 252

Using the iTunes Store 252

Finding music 254

Renting or buying movies 254

Subscribing to podcasts 256

Educating yourself with iTunes U 257

chapter 12 What Can Snow Leopard Do with Digital Photography? 258

Getting to Know Photo Booth 260

Taking Snapshots 261

Single snapshots 261

Taking four quick snapshots 261

Creating video 262

Viewing your snapshots 263

Using Special Effects 263

Snapshot effects 263

Video backdrops 265

Adding custom backdrops 267

Using your pictures and videos 267

Working with Image Capture 269

Connecting your device 270

Using a Digital Camera 270

Transferring images to and from your camera 270

Download or Download All 271

Transfer images to your camera 272

Deleting images from your camera 273

Using a Scanner 274

Scanning images 274

Using the Image Capture options 274

Using your scanner's software options 276

chapter 13 How Can I Share Files and Other Items? 278

Using the Sharing System Preferences 280

File Sharing 282

Adding shared folders and users 282

Enabling file-sharing protocols 285

Printer Sharing 286

Sharing with Mac OS X users 286

Sharing with Windows users 287

Remote Management 287

Sharing through Bluetooth 288

Using Bluetooth File Exchange 290

Send a file from your Mac 290

Brows another Bluetooth device 290

chapter 14 How Can I Automate My Mac? 292

Getting Around in Automator 294

Using Workflows 296

Designing a workflow 296

Saving your workflows 299

Recording Your Own Actions 300

Discovering Time Machine 301

Why it's important to back up your files 302

Hardware requirements for using Time Machine 302

Setting Up a Backup Disk 303

Formatting a hard drive 303

Telling Time Machine about the backup drive 303

Selecting the Files You Want to Back Up 306

Working with Backups 307

Manual backup 307

Pause and resume a backup 307

Retrieving Information from Time Machine 308

Restoring individual files 308

Restoring an entire drive 308

chapter 15 What Can I Do with UNIX Commands in Terminal? 310

Tinkering with Terminal 312

Terminal preferences 312

Startup 312

Settings 313

Window Groups 315

Encodings 316

Tabbed windows 316

Entering UNIX Commands 317

Navigating a CLI 317

Common commands 318

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's superuser! 319

Snow Leopard UNIX Tricks 321

Changing the Dock from 3-D to 2-D 321

Adding a message to the login window 321

Changing the format of screenshots 321

Enable the path view in Finder 322

Using transparent icons for hidden applications 322

Enable double scroll arrows 323

Setting a screen saver as your desktop picture 323

Finding Additional UNIX Information 323

chapter 16 Can I Install Windows on My Mac? 324

Understanding Boot Camp 326

Benefits of installing Microsoft Windows 326

What you need in order in install Windows 326

Using Boot Camp to Install Windows 327

Partitioning your hard drive 328

Windows installation 330

Choosing a Startup Disk 331

From Windows 332

From Snow Leopard 332

Removing Windows from Your Mac 333

An Alternative Method for Running Windows on Your Mac 334

Parallels Desktop for Mac 335

VMWare Fusion 336

VirtualBox 337

chapter 17 Do You Have Any Troubleshooting Tips? 338

Start Problem Solving 340

Restarting your Mac 340

Backing up your Mac 340

Make Sure You Are Up to Date 341

Startup Issues 342

Your Mac won't power up 342

Your Mac is hung up at startup 343

Handy startup keyboard shortcuts 344

Isolating Software Troubles 345

Utilizing the root account 346

Deleting preference files 347

Killing a process 348

Correcting permissions issues 349

When All Else Fails, Reinstall 351

Appendix A 352

Appendix B 355

Glossary 360

Index 368

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