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Overview


The Genius is in.


You don't have to be a genius to use a Mac®. But if you want to get the very most out of yours, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work and start ramping up the pace. Want to connect Bluetooth®? Set up iChat®? Use the Webcam? Upgrade your Mac? You'll find cool and useful Genius tips, insider secrets, full-color images, and pages of easy-to-access shortcuts and tools that will save you loads of time and let you enjoy your Mac to the max. Keep this indispensable Genius on hand and watch your Mac IQ soar.

Portable GENIUS

Fun, hip, and straightforward, the new Portable Genius series gives forward-thinking Apple users useful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don't skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your Apple digital lifestyle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470290521
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Series: Portable Genius Series , #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul McFedries is a Mac expert and full-time technical writer, with more than 70 books to his credit, including iPad Portable Genius and iPhone 4 Portable Genius. Paul encourages all readers to drop by his Web site at www.mcfedries.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1 How Do I Connect and Configure Devices? 2

Using an External Display 4

Understanding external display connections 4

DVI connections 4

Mini DisplayPort connections 5

VGA connections 7

Video connections 7

Setting the external display mode 8

Connecting Two Macs Directly 10

Connecting two Macs with a network cable 10

Connecting two Macs with FireWire 13

Connecting two Macs wirelessly 14

Connecting and Sharing a Printer 15

Connecting a printer manually 17

Adding a shared network printer 18

Adding a shared Windows network printer 18

Sharing your printer with the network 19

Connecting and Sharing a Fax Modem 20

Connecting a fax modem 20

Adding a shared network fax 21

Sharing your fax with the network 21

Working with Imaging Devices 22

Connecting an imaging device 22

Sharing an imaging device 22

Connecting to a network imaging device 24

Chapter 2 How Do I Connect My Mac with Bluetooth Devices 26

Finding Your Bluetooth Connection 28

Adding a Bluetooth Adapter 29

Working with Bluetooth Devices 30

Connecting a Bluetooth device 31

Configuring your Bluetooth device 33

Working with a Bluetooth headset 35

Using Bluetooth headphones for sound output 35

Setting up a Bluetooth headset for voice chat 36

Exchanging Files Using Bluetooth 37

Making sure your Mac is discoverable 38

Browsing a Bluetooth device 38

Sending files to a Bluetooth device 40

Activating Bluetooth sharing 40

Chapter 3 How Do I Synchronize My Mac with Other Devices? 44

Synchronizing with an iPod, iPad, or iPhone 46

Synchronizing music and videos 46

Synchronizing movies 49

Syncing rented movies 49

Syncing purchased or downloaded movies 50

Synchronizing TV show episodes 52

Synchronizing podcasts 53

Synchronizing photos 55

Synchronizing contacts 56

Synchronizing calendars 58

Synchronizing apps 59

Synchronizing books 60

Synchronizing games 61

Synchronizing with a Bluetooth Cell Phone 61

Adding a cell phone to iSync 61

Configuring sync settings for the device 62

Synchronizing the device 63

Synchronizing with MobileMe 64

Synchronizing your Mac and MobileMe 65

Using MobileMe to keep two or more Macs in sync 66

Stopping a Mac from syncing with MobileMe 68

Resolving sync conflicts 69

Chapter 4 How Can I Get More Out of the Web? 70

Making Site Navigation Easier 72

Opening a site in a new tab 72

Using Back and Next to navigate your history 74

Using the title bar to navigate a site 74

Selecting the address bar text quickly 75

Searching for a word or phrase instantly 76

Making Safari appear to be another browser 76

Getting More Out of Bookmarks 77

Importing Internet Explorer bookmarks 78

Loading sites automatically at start-up 80

Opening a folder's sites with a single click 81

Saving bookmarks as a Web page 83

Synchronizing bookmarks with another computer 84

Saving Pages for Later Use 87

E-mailing a page 87

Adding part of a Web page to the Dashboard 88

Archiving a Web page 89

Enhancing Safari Privacy 90

Deleting a site from your history 90

Erasing all your browser tracks 91

Activating private browsing 92

Chapter 5 How Do I Use My Mac to Organize My Real Life? 94

Managing Your Contacts 96

Saving a person's contact information 96

Sending your contact information 97

Sending messages to a group of contacts 99

Keeping track of birthdays 101

Creating a Smart Group that shows upcoming birthdays 102

Sending yourself an e-mail birthday reminder 103

Importing contacts from Microsoft Outlook 105

Merging duplicate contacts into a single card 107

Sharing your Address Book via MobileMe 107

Printing an envelope for a contact 109

Printing mailing labels for contacts 110

Managing Your Appointments 112

Setting up a meeting with a contact 112

Adding an alarm to an event 113

Stopping automatic calendar additions 114

Setting up a custom repeat interval 115

Creating a calendar of people's birthdays 116

Importing a calendar from Microsoft Outlook 118

Publishing a calendar to MobileMe 120

Subscribing to a published calendar 121

Chapter 6 How Do I Use My Mac to Organize My Online Life? 124

Getting More Out of MobileMe 126

Accessing any e-mail account online 126

Forwarding MobileMe messages to another account 128

Configuring MobileMe Mail to not show images in messages 129

Storing files online 130

Backing up your data online 133

Accessing your Mac remotely 136

Creating Your Own Web Site 139

Inserting a Google Map 141

Placing ads on your site 142

Adding your own HTML to a page 144

Placing a My iTunes widget on a page 144

Adding YouTube videos to your site 147

Publishing your Web site to MobileMe 149

Publishing your Web site using your own domain name 150

Chapter 7 Can My Mac Help Me Communicate More Effectively? 152

Improving Your E-mail Life 154

Configuring Mail to not show images in messages 154

Moving junk messages to the Junk folder 156

Leaving incoming messages on the server 159

Skipping really large incoming messages 160

Sending e-mail with a different server port 162

Sending all messages from the same account 164

Setting up rules to process incoming messages 165

Creating a Smart Mailbox 167

Bouncing back an unwanted message 169

Chatting and Videoconferencing 170

Chatting over your network 170

Showing your iChat capabilities 172

Setting up an audio chat 173

Connecting and configuring microphones 174

Creating the chat session 174

Setting up a video chat 175

Using iChat and a video camera to set up a security cam 177

Configuring iChat to automatically accept video chat invitations 179

Setting iChat security 180

Sending camcorder video to a video chat 181

Chapter 8 How Do I Keep My Mac Running Smoothly? 182

Routine Mac Maintenance 184

Emptying the Trash 184

Cleaning up your desktop 186

Watching hard drive free space 187

Deleting unneeded files 188

Uninstalling unused applications 189

Checking hard drive status 189

Verifying the hard drive 191

Setting the software update schedule 191

Updating software by hand 193

Cycling your Mac notebook battery 194

More Mac Maintenance 195

Removing login items 195

Erasing your hard drive's free space 197

Cleaning your Mac inside and out 199

Backing Up Your Mac 201

Configuring Time Machine 201

Backing up your hard drive to a disk image 204

Backing up your files to a DVD 206

Restoring files using Time Machine 208

Restoring your system 210

Chapter 9 Can I Upgrade My Mac? 212

Using System Profiler to See Your Current Hardware 214

Upgrading Your iMac Memory 215

Upgrading Your MacBook Pro 219

Replacing your MacBook Pro hard drive 219

Upgrading your MacBook Pro memory 222

Upgrading Your MacBook 224

Upgrading your MacBook hard drive 224

Upgrading your MacBook memory 227

Upgrading Your MacBook Air 229

Replacing your MacBook Air battery 229

Replacing the MacBook Air hard drive 232

Upgrading Your Mac Pro 236

Opening the Mac Pro case 236

Upgrading your Mac Pro memory 236

Replacing a hard drive on the Mac Pro 238

Adding an extra hard drive to the Mac Pro 240

Replacing your Mac Pro graphics card 240

Chapter 10 How Do I Solve Mac Software Problems? 242

General Software Troubleshooting Techniques 244

Tracking down the problem 244

Performing basic troubleshooting steps 246

Monitoring Your Mac to Look for Problems 246

Monitoring CPU usage 247

Monitoring memory usage 250

Monitoring hard drive activity 252

More Troubleshooting Techniques to Try 254

Checking for software updates 254

Bypassing your login items 255

Deleting a program's preferences file 255

Reinstalling Mac OS X 256

Mac Software Problems (and Their Solutions) 257

You can't change some options in System Preferences 257

A program is stuck 257

A process is stuck 259

A program crashes 260

A program won't start 261

You can't empty the Trash 262

Chapter 11 How Do I Solve Mac Hardware Problems? 264

Before the Fall: Preparing for Trouble 266

Creating a secondary user account 266

Creating a secondary boot device 267

General Hardware Troubleshooting Techniques 269

Basic checklist 270

Restarting your Mac 271

Power cycling your Mac 271

Forcing the issue: Making a stuck Mac restart or shut down 271

Restarting your Mac in Safe Mode 272

Starting your Mac using a secondary boot device 273

Running the Apple Hardware Test 273

Repairing the hard drive 275

Repairing drive permissions 276

Mac Hardware Problems (and Their Solutions) 277

Your Mac won't start 277

Your Mac tells you that you don't have enough memory 278

Your Mac runs slowly 278

Sudden slowdown 279

Gradual slowdown 279

Your mouse or keyboard doesn't work 280

Your display is garbled 280

Chapter 12 How Do I Run Windows on My Mac? 282

Why Run Windows? 284

Dual-Boot or Virtualization (or Both!)? 285

Dual-Booting with Boot Camp 287

Creating a Windows partition 288

Installing Windows 289

Switching between Mac OS X and Windows 292

Renaming the Boot Camp partition 293

Sharing files between Mac OS X and Windows 293

Running Windows with Parallels Desktop 294

Installing Parallels Desktop 295

Running Parallels Desktop 295

Setting up Parallels Desktop with a Boot Camp virtual machine 296

Installing Windows in a new virtual machine 296

Configuring the virtual machine 301

Sharing files between Mac OS X and Windows 302

Appendix A Mac Online Resources 303

Official Apple Sites 303

More Mac Sites 304

Appendix B Mac Shortcut Keys 306

Glossary 311

Index 315

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    I find this book extremely helpful in providing information about Macs. As an 'older' Mac user I needed advise about the capabilities of my computer and how to solve computer issues. This book is it! From the hip good-looking kid on the cover to the last page, I am thoroughly enjoying this book and find it very useful. A must for all Mac users!

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    This is a good book, but there are better ones at B&N. Overall this is a good starter book for general readers and students who want to know a little more about Mac.

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