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MacBook in Easy Steps

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MacBook in Easy Steps focuses on this area of mobile computing and contains all of the information you need to use MacBooks for both business and pleasure.

MacBook in Easy Steps also covers the MacBook operating system, OS X Lion, in detail, including the workhorse areas such as the Dock and the Finder. It also covers the developments to OS X Lion that really announces it as an operating system that has been designed for the fast moving times in which we live. Computer apps are ...

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Overview

MacBook in Easy Steps focuses on this area of mobile computing and contains all of the information you need to use MacBooks for both business and pleasure.

MacBook in Easy Steps also covers the MacBook operating system, OS X Lion, in detail, including the workhorse areas such as the Dock and the Finder. It also covers the developments to OS X Lion that really announces it as an operating system that has been designed for the fast moving times in which we live. Computer apps are increasingly a part of everyday life and OS X Lion has a Mac App Store for storing and using all of your favorite apps. There is also a handy Launchpad function, where you can manage all of your applications, whether it is the ones on your MacBook, or new ones you have downloaded. Using a MacBook touchpad, OS X Lion also delivers the same Multi-Touch functionality as the iPad in terms of scrolling and zooming. Other new features include a Resume function so you can get back to work quicker, Auto Save, Versions comparison and Air Drop, which enables you to send files to anyone within wireless range.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840784404
  • Publisher: In Easy Steps Limited
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Series: In Easy Steps
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,179,705
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Vandome is an IT writer and trainer who specializes in digital imaging and Web authoring subjects. In addition to writing, he also designs websites and runs training courses. Before he started working with computers he wrote books about working and traveling abroad. An established In Easy Steps author with several successful guides to his credit, he lives in Perth, U.K.

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Table of Contents

1 Introducing MacBooks 7

About MacBooks 8

MacBook Specifications 9

MacBook Jargon Explained 14

Getting Comfortable 17

Input Devices 19

MacBook Power Cable 21

Cleaning a MacBook 22

Spares and Accessories 23

2 Around a MacBook 25

Opening Up 26

Turning On 27

MacBook Desktop 28

Apple Menu 29

Keyboard Buttons 30

System Preferences 32

CD and DVD SuperDrive 35

Connecting a Printer 36

External Drives 38

3 Introducing OS X Lion 39

About OS X Lion 40

Installing OS X Lion 41

The OS X Environment 42

Aqua Interface 43

About Your Mac 44

Changing the Background 49

Changing the Screen Saver 50

Changing the Resolution 51

Universal Access 52

Shutting Down 54

4 Getting Up and Running 55

Introducing the Dock 56

Setting Dock Preferences 57

Stacks on the Dock 60

Dock Menus 62

Working with Dock Items 63

Trash 65

Desktop Items 66

Ejecting Items 67

Auto Save and Versions 68

Resuming 70

5 Finder 71

Working with the Finder 72

Finder Folders 73

Finder Views 75

Covers 78

Quick Look 79

Finder Toolbar 80

Finder Sidebar 81

Finder Search 82

Copying and Moving Items 83

Working with Folders 84

Smart Folders 86

Spring-loaded Folders 87

Selecting Items 88

Actions Button 90

Menus 92

6 Navigating in Lion 93

A New Way of Navigating 94

Pointing and Clicking 95

No More Scroll Bars 97

Scrolling and Zooming 98

Mission Control 104

Spaces and Expose 106

Multi-Touch Preferences 108

7 MacBook Apps 111

Launchpad 112

Full-Screen Apps 114

OS X Applications 116

Accessing the App Store 117

Downloading Apps 118

Finding Apps 120

Managing Your Apps 122

Sharing Apps 124

8 Internet and Email 125

Getting Connected 126

Safari 130

Safari Top Sites 132

Safari Reader 134

Safari RSS 135

Mail 136

Using Email 137

Email Conversations 139

Adding Mailboxes 140

iChat 141

FaceTime 142

9 Digital Lifestyle 143

iPhoto 144

Viewing Photos 145

Organizing Photos 146

Editing and Sharing Photos 147

iTunes 148

Managing Your Music 149

Purchasing Music 150

Adding an iPod 151

iMovie 152

iDVD 153

iWeb 154

GarageBand 155

10 Sharing OS X 157

Adding Users 158

Deleting Users 160

Fast User Switching 161

OS X for the Family 162

Parental Controls 1 63

OS X for Windows Users 166

11 MacBook Networking 167

Networking Overview 168

Network Settings 170

Network Preferences 171

Network Diagnostics 173

Connecting to a Network 175

File Sharing 178

12 MacBook Mobility 179

Transporting Your MacBook 180

Keeping Your MacBook Safe 181

Temperature Extremes 182

Dealing with Water 183

Power Sockets 184

Airport Security 185

Making Telephone Calls 186

iCIoud 190

13 Battery Issues 191

Power Consumption 192

Energy Saver 194

Charging the Battery 196

Dead and Spare Batteries 197

Battery Troubleshooting 198

14 MacBook Maintenance 199

Time Machine 200

Disk Utility 204

System Information 205

Activity Monitor 206

Updating Software 207

Problems with Programs 208

General Troubleshooting 209

Index 211

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