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Covers MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to MacBook photos that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into hardware or operating system problems or limitations.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your MacBook.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your MacBook working just the way you want.
Tasks include:
• Managing, arranging, and tagging your files
• Staying on top of important events with Notification Center
• Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control
• Opening and organizing apps with Launchpad
• Connecting to and accessing network resources
• Activating and using iCloud services
• Communicating online with email, instant messaging, and video
• Keeping appointments with Calendar and Reminders
• Planning trips and checking traffic with Maps
• Being social with Facebook and Twitter integration
• Downloading and enjoying music, movies, and more
• Buying, reading, and annotating iBooks
• Getting the latest and greatest software from the App Store and other sources
• Challenging your friends to games with Game Center
• Protecting and securing your system and data
• Expanding your system with peripheral devices
• Troubleshooting common system problems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789751690
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 11/22/2013
  • Series: My... Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 264,306
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ray is a life-long fan of Apple products; he has been an avid Mac user since its inception in 1984. He relies on OS X both at work and at home because it is a robust, flexible platform for programming, networking, and design. Over the past 15 years, John has written books on OS X, iOS development, Linux, web development, networking, and computer security. He currently serves as the Director of the Office of Research Information Systems at The Ohio State University. When he isn’t writing, he is either re-creating a marine disaster in his living room, or planning a highly elaborate electronics project that will quadruple his carbon footprint.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: Getting Started with the MacBook 1
Getting to Know the MacBook Hardware 2
The Built-In Battery 4
Special Keyboard Keys 4
What You Need to Know 5
The Menu Bar 5
The Dock 6
The Finder 6
Tags 7
The Launchpad 8
Mission Control 8
The App Store (and Security) 9
The Notification Center 10
System Preferences 10
Window Controls 11
Contextual Menus 12
Gestures 12
Dictation 12
Understanding iCloud and Apple ID 13
Windows Compatibility 14
Boot Camp 14
Virtualization 15
Chapter 1 Managing Your Desktop 19
Organizing in the Dock 20
Adding and Removing Items from the Dock 20
Using Folders and Stacks in the Dock 21
Customizing the Dock’s Appearance 24
Customizing Finder Windows 25
Configuring the Sidebar’s System Shortcuts 26
Manually Modifying the Sidebar 27
Modifying the Finder Toolbar 28
Using Finder Window Tabs 29
Opening Tabs with a Click 30
Arranging and Grouping Files 31
Using All My Files 31
Arranging a Finder View 32
Assigning Tags 33
Removing Tags 34
Viewing Tags 34
Managing Tags 35
Previewing Document Contents with Quick Look 37
Viewing a File with Quick Look 38
Previewing Files Using Finder Icons 40
Using Instant-Access Utilities in the Dashboard 40
Activating the Dashboard 41
Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets 42
Configuring Dashboard Widgets 43
Finding Information with Spotlight 44
Searching for Files and Information 45
Customizing Spotlight Searching 46
Saving Searches as Smart Folders in the Finder 47
Keeping Track of System Events with Notifications 48
Receiving Notifications 49
Viewing the Notification Center 49
Customizing the Notification Display 51
Activating Do Not Disturb Mode 53
Customizing Do Not Disturb Mode 54
Chapter 2 Making the Most of Your Screen Space 57
Swimming in a Sea of Application Windows with Mission Control 58
Opening and Closing Mission Control 58
Navigating Applications and Windows 59
Creating and Populating a New Space 60
Closing a Space 63
Creating Full-Screen Application Spaces 64
Choosing Between Application Windows 65
Showing the Desktop 66
Configuring Mission Control Features and Shortcuts 67
Managing and Launching Applications with Launchpad 69
Starting Launchpad 69
Navigating Launchpad 70
Searching Launchpad 71
Rearranging Icons 72
Creating New Folders 73
Deleting Folders 74
Deleting Applications 75
Managing Auto Open and Save Features 76
Toggling Application Auto Open 76
Setting Window Restoration 77
Enabling Manual File Saving 78
Chapter 3 Connecting Your Mac to a Network 81
Connecting to a Wired Network 81
Making an Ethernet (Wired) Connection 82
Connecting to a Wireless Network 83
Making a Wireless Connection 83
Authenticating on a Wireless Network 85
Disabling (and Enabling) Wireless Networking 86
Manually Configuring Network Settings 87
Configuring TCP/IP and Proxy Settings 87
Activating PPPoE for DSL Connections 90
Making Connections with Cellular Data Modems 92
Configuring a WWAN Modem for Use with Your MacBook 92
Creating Virtual Private Network Connections 94
Creating a VPN Connection 94
Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations 96
Creating Configurations 97
Adding and Using Locations 98
Seeking Automated Network Assistance 100
Launching Diagnostics 100
Launching the Setup Assistant 101
Chapter 4 Setting Up iCloud Services and Internet Accounts 105
Setting Up iCloud 106
Configuring iCloud for the First Time 106
Activating iCloud Services 108
Exploring Unique iCloud Services 110
Accessing iCloud Applications Online 110
Using Find My Mac 111
Using Documents and Data 113
Using Photo Sharing 118
Getting Started with Accounts 122
Adding an Account 123
Chapter 5 Accessing Email and the Web 127
Using Mail 128
Things You Need Before Setting Up an Email Connection 128
Adding an Email Account 129
Configuring Advanced Account Settings 131
Finding Your Way Around Mail 134
Reading Email 135
Composing Email 142
Managing Your Email 146
Web Browsing in Safari 155
Managing Your Bookmarks, Top Sites, and Reading List 156
Advanced Browsing Features 162
Adding Web Content to the Dashboard 173
Extending Safari’s Capabilities with Extensions 175
Chapter 6 Sharing Files, Devices, and Services 179
File Sharing on Your Mac 180
Using AirDrop to Wirelessly Share Files and Folders 180
Configuring Traditional File and Folder Sharing 184
Sharing Files via Share Sheets 194
Sharing Files via Messages 194
Uploading Files to an Online Service 195
Sharing Printers 197
Enabling Network Printer Sharing 198
Setting Printer Sharing Permissions 199
Accessing a Network Printer 200
Sharing an Optical Drive 202
Enabling DVD and CD Sharing 202
Accessing a Shared Optical Drive 203
Sharing Your Mac Screen 204
Enabling Screen Sharing 204
Setting Screen Sharing Permissions 205
Accessing the Screen of a Local Mac 207
Accessing Remote Computers and Non-Macs 209
Sharing Your Internet Connection 211
Sharing Your Connection 211
Chapter 7 Being Social with Messages, FaceTime, Twitter, and Facebook 215
Instant Messaging with Messages 216
Adding Accounts to Messages 216
Logging into (and out of ) Your IM Account 221
Configuring Your IM Identity 222
Managing Your IM Buddy List 225
Communicating with IM and iMessages 227
Starting an IM Audio or IM Video Chat 231
Sharing Your Files and Screen 232
Video Calls with FaceTime 235
Setting Up FaceTime 236
Placing FaceTime Calls 237
Receiving a FaceTime Call 240
Accessing Your Call List 241
Disabling FaceTime 241
Updating Account Information and FaceTime Addresses 242
Using the Mavericks Twitter and Facebook Posting Support 243
Enabling Twitter 244
Enabling Facebook 246
Posting Tweets and Facebook Updates 247
Chapter 8 Managing Who, Where, When, and What 251
Managing Contacts in Contacts 252
Adding Groups 253
Using iCloud and Server-Based Contacts 261
Sharing Contacts via Email and Messages 265
Printing Addresses 266
Finding Your Way with Maps 267
Starting and Navigating Maps 267
Using Map Views 268
Finding Places 270
Working with Points of Interest 272
Traveling with Maps 275
Working with Schedules in Calendar 277
Adding Calendars 278
Connecting to iCloud and Server-Based Calendars . . . . 280
Viewing Calendars 285
Working with Events 285
Printing Calendars 293
Remembering with Reminders 294
Creating a List 295
Setting Reminder Attributes, Including Location 296
Completing Reminders 298
Finding Reminders 298
Using iCloud and Server-Based Reminders 300
Keeping Track with Notes 301
Managing Folders 301
Adding Notes 303
Moving Notes Between Folders 304
Searching and Displaying Notes 304
Sharing Notes via Email and Messages 306
Using iCloud and Server-Based Notes 307
Chapter 9 Entertainment on the (Big) Little Screen 311
Creating a Media Library in iTunes 311
Running iTunes for the First Time 312
Finding Your Way Around iTunes 313
Building Your Media Library 315
Searching the Library 324
Using Playlists 326
Using the Mini Player 330
Using iTunes Radio 331
Syncing Media Between Devices 336
Keeping an iCloud Library with iTunes Match 341
Reading Your iBooks 345
Starting iBooks and Authorizing Your Mac 345
Purchasing Books 347
Viewing and Arranging Your Library 349
Reading iBooks 353
Getting Your Game on with Game Center 357
Signing into Game Center 358
Navigating the Me Screen 360
Managing Friends and Friend Requests 361
Sizing Up Your Friends 364
Browsing by Game 366
Making and Taking a Challenge 367
Chapter 10 Installing and Managing Software on Your Mac 371
Mac App Store 372
Logging into the App Store 372
Browsing for Apps 373
Searching for Apps 374
Purchasing an App 375
Reinstalling Apps and Installing Purchases on Other Macs 376
Hiding Apps You No Longer Want 377
Installing Non—App Store Applications 378
Unarchiving Zip Files 379
Accessing Disk Images 380
Keeping Your Applications and Operating System Up-To-Date 382
Configuring Software Updates and Auto Downloads 383
Manually Applying Software Updates 384
Chapter 11 Making the Most of Your Mac Hardware 387
Balancing Battery Life and Performance 388
Monitoring Battery Life and Application Energy Use 388
Configuring Display, Computer, and Hard Disk Sleep 389
Creating a Sleep/Wake Schedule 390
Updating Keyboard and Dictation Settings 391
Setting Keyboard Repeat Rate 392
Changing Keyboard Illumination 393
Creating Keyboard Shortcuts 394
Activating Dictation 397
Changing Trackpad and Mouse Options 399
Setting the Trackpad Speed 399
Controlling Trackpad Gestures 400
Configuring the Magic Mouse Speed 402
Configuring Magic Mouse Gestures 402
Adjusting Your Display 403
Setting Display Resolution 404
Controlling Display Brightness 405
Choosing a Color Profile 406
Calibrating the Display 407
Setting Sound Input and Output 409
Setting the Output Volume 409
Configuring Alert Sounds 410
Choosing and Adjusting an Output Device 411
Picking and Calibrating an Input Device 412
Recording Audio and Video 414
Recording Audio 414
Recording with the FaceTime HD Video Camera 415
Chapter 12 Connecting Devices to Your Mac 419
Connecting USB Input Devices 419
Configuring a USB Keyboard 420
Configuring a USB Mouse 421
Using Bluetooth Devices 422
Pairing a Bluetooth Mouse or Trackpad 422
Pairing a Bluetooth Keyboard 424
Connecting a Bluetooth Headset 425
Adding and Using the Bluetooth Status Menu 426
Using External Displays and Projectors 427
Extending Your Desktop to Another Monitor 428
Setting Monitor Arrangements 428
Adding the Display Mirroring Menu to Your Menu Bar 430
Using Mirrored Displays 431
Connecting to an Apple TV (or Other Device) with AirPlay 431
Mirroring Your Display to an Apple TV 432
Setting the AirPlay Apple TV Resolution 433
Extending Your Desktop to an Apple TV 434
Sharing Multimedia to an Apple TV 435
Sending System Audio to an Apple TV 435
Connecting and Using a Printer 436
Adding a Printer 436
The Printing Process 440
Connecting and Using a Scanner 442
Adding a Scanner 442
Scanning in Preview 443
Chapter 13 Securing and Protecting Your Mac 447
Working with Users and Groups 448
Creating User Accounts 448
Adding Accounts 449
Enabling the Guest Account 450
Applying Parental Controls 450
Creating Groups 453
Configuring General Account Security 454
Assigning File Permissions for Users and Groups 455
Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access 456
Viewing Keychain Items 457
Adding Data to the Keychain 458
Creating a New Keychain 459
Adding a Keychain Menu Item 460
Encrypting Your Mavericks Disk 460
Activating FileVault 461
Limiting Application Execution 463
Adding Network Security with the Built-In Firewall 464
Activating the Mavericks Firewall 464
Configuring Incoming Services 465
Hiding Location Information and Application Data 466
Backing Up Important Information 467
Using Time Machine 467
Activating Time Machine 468
Customizing the Time Machine Backups 469
Adding a Time Machine Menu Item 470
Recovering Data 471
Restoring a Machine from Scratch 473
Using File Versions 474
Manually Saving a Version 474
Restoring a File Version 475
Chapter 14 Troubleshooting Your System 479
Dealing with Troublesome Software 480
Force Quitting Applications 480
Testing with the Guest Account 481
Removing Corrupted Application Files 482
Restarting and Correcting a Frozen Machine 484
Starting in Safe Mode 485
Changing Login Applications 486
Removing Startup Applications and Launch Daemons 487
Disabling Extensions 488
Removing System Preference Panes 490
Fixing Disk Problems with Disk Utility 490
Repairing Permission Problems 491
Verifying and Repairing Common Disk Errors 492
Verifying Your Disk Has an Error 492
Repairing Your Disk 493
Gathering Information About Your Mac 495
Monitoring System Activity 495
Generating a System Profiler Report 496
Viewing the System Logs 498
Remember Your Backups! 499
Viewing System Support Options 499
Chapter 15 Upgrading Your Mac (Online chapter)

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    I Wish I Had Had This Book When I First Got My MacBook Pro!

    This little gem of a book applies to Macbooks, Macbooks Pros, and Macbook Air computers. I have had my Macbook Pro for 3 years and and I can honestly say that learning my way around this amazing computer would have been faster and easier if I had this book as a resource at the beginning.

    This book covers it all from opening to closing and in a clear, concise, very well illustrated way.I recently upgraded my software from Tiger to Snow Leopard and this book even helped with this. Although there is enough technical date in the book to satisfy a techy type I think that the book is also well done enough that it is easy for a rank beginner to be able to use and learn from. It's an excellent reference book that now lives close to my Macbook Pro. I can highly recommend this book

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Very helpful

    I purchased this book for my wife when she bought a Macbook pro laptop and was not sure how to use it. The book was very helpful and it help her many times when she had problems with how to do things on her new computer. She was used to Windows os and this book was a necessity in helping to learn the Mac os. The book was easy to use and I would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    My MacBook

    It is not what I expected nor needed and will return it.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Love it!

    Love it! Still getting used to the differences between PC and a MAC but going good. So nice not to have to do security and program updates every day!

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