Mac OS X for Dummies

Overview

So you're finally making the leap from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X. Good for you! Or maybe you've just switched from Windows and bought a brand-spanking-new iMac. Bravo! Or perhaps you've never used a computer before and have bought a new Mac because you heard how easy they are to use. Bonus points!

Whatever your reason for diving into the Aqua-filled world of Mac OS X, rest assured that you made the right choice. Thing is, Apple has made Mac OS X quite different from earlier Mac ...

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Overview

So you're finally making the leap from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X. Good for you! Or maybe you've just switched from Windows and bought a brand-spanking-new iMac. Bravo! Or perhaps you've never used a computer before and have bought a new Mac because you heard how easy they are to use. Bonus points!

Whatever your reason for diving into the Aqua-filled world of Mac OS X, rest assured that you made the right choice. Thing is, Apple has made Mac OS X quite different from earlier Mac operating systems, and it's way different than Windows, so you may need a little help finding your way through that big, complicated operating system – not to mention all that great software that comes bundled with it.

That's why veteran Mac-scribe Bob LeVitus has written a not-so-big, not-so-complicated Dummies book about Mac OS X. Recently revised for version 10.2 (a.k.a. Jaguar), Mac OS X For Dummies, 2nd Edition, shows you what Mac OS X is all about, without boring you silly, confusing you to the point of frustration, or poking you with sharp objects. You'll discover the information and advice you need in a language that you can understand (unlike those other computer books that shall remain nameless).

  Inside Mac OS X For Dummies, 2nd Edition, you'll find the following topics and more:

  • Setting up and turning on your new Mac
  • Getting around on the Desktop and in the Dock
  • Finding stuff with the Finder
  • Working with Mac OS X applications and files
  • Surfing the Internet – Mac OS X style
  • Sharing and printing files and documents
  • Making your Mac your own: Setting System Preferences
  • Troubleshooting – Yes, even Mac OS X crashes every once in a while
  • Top Ten lists on how to speed up your Mac experience, accessories you should consider, Web sites all Mac freaks should know about, and valuable third-party software

No matter what you use your Mac for – whether it's to surf the Internet, watch DVDs, listen to online music, or any number of other reasons – Mac OS X For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will get you well on your way to becoming a bona fide Mac guru.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764525643
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/23/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 656,839
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob LeVitus, known to Mac aficionados worldwide as Dr. Macintosh, writes a weekly column for The Houston Chronicle and has authored 39 computer books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Desktop Madness: Navigating Mac OS X.

Chapter 1: Mac OS X 101 (Prerequisites: None).

Chapter 2: Meet the Desktop.

Chapter 3: "What's Up, Dock?"

Chapter 4: I Think Icon! I Think Icon!

Chapter 5: Looking through Finder Windows.

Chapter 6: A Bevy of Delectable Menus.

Part II: Rounding Out Your Basic Training.

Chapter 7: New-Fangled Finder.

Chapter 8: Mastering the Save Sheet and the Open Dialog.

Chapter 9: Haggling with Removable Media.

Chapter 10: File Management without Tearing Your Hair Out.

Part III: Doing Stuff with Your Mac.

Chapter 11: Internet-Working.

Chapter 12: Publish or Perish: The Fail-Safe Guide to Printing.

Chapter 13: Applying Yourself to the Applications Folder.

Chapter 14: The Classic Environment: Like Mac OS 9, Only Better.

Chapter 15: What Your Mac Prefers.

Part IV: U 2 Can B a Guru.

Chapter 16: "Mine! Miiiiine!" Sharing Your Mac and Liking It.

Chapter 17: Back Up Now or Regret It Later.

Chapter 18: Troubleshooting Mac OS X.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Ways to Speed Up Your Mac Experience.

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Ways to Make Your Mac Better by Throwing Money at It.

Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) Great Web Sites for Mac Freaks.

Chapter 22: Ten Mac OS X Apps That You Might Need Someday.

Part V I: Appendix.

Appendix: Installing Mac OS X (Only if You Have To).

Index.

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