My New Mac, Lion Edition: Simple Projects to Get You Started

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"Highly recommended for newbies and switchers."

—MacWorld

So you finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. Whether it's a MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, an Air, or iMac—it's still your Mac, and it runs the Macintosh operating system, OS X. But what do you do with your Mac after you turn it on? How about setting up an email account, video-chatting with your relatives, or playing your favorite songs and movies? You need a book like My New Mac to ...

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Overview

"Highly recommended for newbies and switchers."

—MacWorld

So you finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. Whether it's a MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, an Air, or iMac—it's still your Mac, and it runs the Macintosh operating system, OS X. But what do you do with your Mac after you turn it on? How about setting up an email account, video-chatting with your relatives, or playing your favorite songs and movies? You need a book like My New Mac to make everything easy.

In the Lion edition of the best-selling My New Mac, you'll find 56 simple projects that will have you doing useful things right away—like surfing the Internet, sending email, listening to music, and playing with your digital photos. Fun stuff, if you know how to do it.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Connect to the Internet, chat with your friends, and listen to online radio stations
  • Install new software and customize your Mac
  • Control your Mac with Mission Control and sweet touch-gestures
  • View stocks, flights, and the weather at a glance
  • Play and burn CDs and DVDs
  • Use parental controls to limit your children's computer and Internet access
  • Transfer photos from your digital camera to your computer
  • Share songs, images, and documents wirelessly between Macs
  • Use the Mac's security features to keep your computer safe from intruders

Don't put off learning how to use your new computer. Let Wallace Wang show you the ropes with My New Mac.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593273903
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 10/5/2011
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Wang is the author of numerous best-selling computer books including Steal This Computer Book, Steal This File Sharing Book, My New Mac, and The Book of Nero (all No Starch Press). He is also a successful standup comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Table of Contents

Praise for the My New™ series

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Basic Training

Chapter 1: Learning to Use the Mouse and Trackpad

Chapter 2: Controlling Your Mac with Your Fingers

Chapter 3: Choosing Commands on the Menu Bar

Chapter 4: Running Programs and Files from the Dock

Chapter 5: Customizing the Dock

Chapter 6: Using Full-Screen Viewing

Chapter 7: Organizing Screens with Mission Control

Chapter 8: Opening Apps with Launchpad

Wrangling Files and Folders

Chapter 9: Navigating Through Folders with the Finder

Chapter 10: Tricks for Managing Your Files and Folders

Chapter 11: Finding Files Fast with Spotlight and Smart Folders

Chapter 12: Sharing Files Wirelessly

Chapter 13: Storing Files on a CD or DVD

Chapter 14: Using Resume, Auto Save, and Versions

Chapter 15: Retrieving Files Back in Time

Making Life Easier

Chapter 16: Working Faster with Shortcut Commands

Chapter 17: Controlling Your Macintosh with Hot Corners

Chapter 18: Putting Information at Your Fingertips with Dashboard

Chapter 19: Giving Your Macintosh Multiple Personalities with User Accounts

Chapter 20: Slapping Parental Controls on Your Kids

Chapter 21: Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and Control

Chapter 22: Using the Mac App Store

Chapter 23: Installing, Updating, and Uninstalling Software

Chapter 24: Saving Contact Information

Chapter 25: Making Appointments in Your Calendar

Chapter 26: Typing Foreign Languages

Playing Music and Movies

Chapter 27: Playing Audio CDs and Audio Files with iTunes

Chapter 28: Ripping and Burning Audio CDs

Chapter 29: Playing a DVD

Chapter 30: Listening to News, Music, and Talk Shows Online

Chapter 31: Listening to Free College Lectures

Chapter 32: Editing Video with iMovie

The Digital Shutterbug

Chapter 33: Transferring Pictures to Your Macintosh

Chapter 34: Organizing Digital Photos in iPhoto

Chapter 35: Tagging and Sorting Digital Photos in iPhoto

Chapter 36: Editing Digital Photos in iPhoto

Chapter 37: Showing Off Your Pictures

Chapter 38: Taking Pictures of Yourself with Photo Booth

Surfing and Sharing on the Internet

Chapter 39: Getting on the Internet and Sharing Folders

Chapter 40: Remembering Your Favorite Websites

Chapter 41: Saving a Web Page

Chapter 42: Keeping Your Internet Activities Private

Chapter 43: Customizing Safari

Chapter 44: Setting Up an Email Account

Chapter 45: Reading and Writing Email

Chapter 46: Making Email Look Pretty

Chapter 47: Organizing Your Email

Chapter 48: Dealing with Junk Email

Chapter 49: Video Chatting with FaceTime

Chapter 50: Instant Messaging with iChat

Maintaining Your Mac

Chapter 51: Learning About Your Macintosh

Chapter 52: Conserving Energy While Using Your Macintosh

Chapter 53: Ejecting Stuck CDs or DVDs

Chapter 54: Password Protecting Your Macintosh

Chapter 55: Encrypting Your Data and Guarding Your Privacy

Chapter 56: Configuring the Firewall

The Next Step

Colophon

Updates

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