My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition: 52 Simple Projects to Get You Started


So you finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. Whether it's a MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, 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? Do you even know how to turn it off and put it to sleep? Maybe you do. . . . But what about setting up an email account, or playing your favorite CDs and movies? You need a book like My New? Mac to make everything easy.

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So you finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. Whether it's a MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, 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? Do you even know how to turn it off and put it to sleep? Maybe you do. . . . But what about setting up an email account, or playing your favorite CDs and movies? You need a book like My New™ Mac to make everything easy.

In this new, Snow Leopard edition of the best-selling My New Mac, you'll find 52 simple projects that will have you doing useful things right away—like surfing the Internet, sending email, listening to music, taking notes, and playing with your digital photos. Fun stuff, if you know how to do it.

Wallace Wang, best-selling author of My New iPhone and several of those For Dummies® books, gives you step-by-step instructions for organizing your music with iTunes, tracking birthdays with iCal, and clipping and saving information from the Internet so you can find it again.

You'll also find simple projects that show you how to:

  • Organize your files and folders by color and keyword
  • Connect to the Internet, chat with your friends, and listen to online radio stations
  • Install and update your software—and get rid of programs you don't want anymore
  • Set up and manage parental controls to limit your children's computer and Internet access
  • Share songs, images, and documents with other computers wirelessly
  • Use your built-in firewall and keep your computer and information 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: 9781593272098
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,133,650
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Wang is the author of several best-selling computer books including the Steal This Computer Book series, Steal This File Sharing Book, My New iPhone, The Book of Nero, and Visual Basic 2005 Express: Now Playing (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.

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Table of Contents

Understanding Computer Terms;
How This Book Is Organized;
Basic Training;
Chapter 1: Turning Your Macintosh On and Off Manually or Automatically;
1.1 What You'll Be Using;
1.2 Turning Your Macintosh Off the Normal Way;
1.3 Forcing Your Macintosh to Shut Down;
1.4 Restarting Your Macintosh;
1.5 Scheduling a Time to Turn Your Macintosh On or Off;
1.6 Starting Programs When Your Macintosh Turns On;
Chapter 2: Learning to Use the Mouse;
2.1 What You'll Be Using;
2.2 How to Point and Click the Mouse;
2.3 Dragging the Mouse;
2.4 Double-Clicking the Mouse;
2.5 Right-Clicking the Mouse;
2.6 Using the Scroll Ball;
2.7 Using the Side Buttons;
2.8 Customizing the Mouse;
2.9 Customizing the Trackpad;
2.10 Additional Ideas for Using the Mouse;
Chapter 3: Choosing Commands on the Menu Bar;
3.1 What You'll Be Using;
3.2 Understanding the Menu Bar;
3.3 Understanding Dialogs;
3.4 Understanding the Parts of the Menu Bar;
3.5 Additional Ideas for Using the Menu Bar;
Chapter 4: Loading Programs and Files from the Dock;
4.1 What You'll Be Using;
4.2 Understanding Program Icons;
4.3 Switching Programs and Windows from the Dock;
4.4 Quitting Programs from the Dock;
4.5 Accessing the Documents and Downloads Folders on the Dock;
4.6 Additional Ideas for Using the Dock;
Chapter 5: Customizing the Dock;
5.1 What You'll Be Using;
5.2 Hiding (and Showing) the Dock;
5.3 Moving the Dock;
5.4 Making the Dock Easier to See;
5.5 Rearranging Icons on the Dock;
5.6 Adding and Removing Icons on the Dock;
5.7 Adding and Removing Files and Folders on the Dock;
5.8 Additional Ideas for Customizing the Dock;
Chapter 6: Manipulating Windows;
6.1 What You'll Be Using;
6.2 Arranging Windows;
6.3 Hiding and Displaying Windows with Exposé;
6.4 Working with Multiple Desktops with Spaces;
6.5 Additional Ideas for Manipulating Windows;
Chapter 7: Navigating Through Folders with the Finder;
7.1 What You'll Be Using;
7.2 Understanding Drives, Folders, and Files;
7.3 Understanding the Finder;
7.4 Viewing the Contents of a Drive;
7.5 Viewing a Folder Hierarchy;
7.6 Additional Ideas for Navigating the Folder Hierarchy;
Chapter 8: Managing and Viewing Your Files and Folders;
8.1 What You'll Be Using;
8.2 Creating Files and Folders;
8.3 Changing the View of Folders;
8.4 Peeking Inside a File;
8.5 Renaming a File or Folder;
8.6 Deleting a File or Folder;
8.7 Copying a File or Folder;
8.8 Moving a File or Folder;
8.9 Additional Ideas for Managing and Viewing Files and Folders;
Chapter 9: Conserving Energy While Using Your Macintosh;
9.1 What You'll Be Using;
9.2 The Parts of Your Macintosh That Will Go to Sleep;
9.3 Forcing Your Macintosh to Sleep;
9.4 Making Your Macintosh Sleep on a Schedule;
9.5 Additional Ideas for Conserving Energy;
Making Life Easier with Shortcuts;
Chapter 10: Working Faster with Shortcut Commands;
10.1 What You'll Be Using;
10.2 Using Keyboard Shortcuts;
10.3 Using Buttons;
10.4 Using Shortcut Menus;
10.5 Additional Ideas for Using Shortcuts;
Chapter 11: Learning to Drag and Drop;
11.1 What You'll Be Using;
11.2 Dragging and Dropping Text;
11.3 Dragging and Dropping Website Addresses in Safari;
11.4 Dragging and Dropping Graphics;
11.5 Dragging and Dropping Files into Programs;
11.6 Additional Ideas for Dragging and Dropping;
Chapter 12: Controlling Your Macintosh with Hot Corners;
12.1 What You'll Be Using;
12.2 Defining a Hot Corner;
12.3 Using a Hot Corner;
12.4 Additional Ideas for Using Hot Corners;
Chapter 13: Finding Files Fast;
13.1 What You'll Be Using;
13.2 Finding Specific Files with Spotlight;
13.3 Using Smart Folders;
13.4 Placing Folders on the Sidebar;
13.5 Placing Folders on the Dock;
13.6 Peeking at Files Without Opening Them;
13.7 Additional Ideas for Finding Files;
Chapter 14: Organizing Files and Folders by Color and Weird Words;
14.1 What You'll Be Using;
14.2 Labeling Files and Folders by Color;
14.3 Searching Files and Folders by Color;
14.4 Adding Spotlight Comments;
14.5 Additional Ideas for Labeling Files and Folders with Colors and Comments;
Chapter 15: Putting Information at Your Fingertips with Dashboard;
15.1 What You'll Be Using;
15.2 Starting Dashboard;
15.3 Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets;
15.4 Finding More Widgets;
15.5 Erasing Widgets;
15.6 Additional Ideas for Using Dashboard;
Chapter 16: Giving Your Macintosh Multiple Personalities with User Accounts;
16.1 What You'll Be Using;
16.2 Understanding User Accounts;
16.3 Creating User Accounts;
16.4 Logging Out of and In to an Account;
16.5 Fast Switching Between Accounts;
16.6 Deleting an Account;
16.7 Additional Ideas for Using Accounts;
Chapter 17: Slapping Parental Controls on Your Kids;
17.1 What You'll Be Using;
17.2 Creating a Managed with Parental Controls Account;
17.3 Setting Parental Controls;
17.4 Additional Ideas for Using Managed Parental Controls Accounts;
Chapter 18: Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and Control;
18.1 What You'll Be Using;
18.2 Enlarging Text on the Screen;
18.3 Replacing Beeps with Screen Flashing;
18.4 Turning On Sticky Keys;
18.5 Using the Keyboard to Control the Mouse Pointer;
18.6 Additional Ideas for Using Universal Access Features;
Putting Your Macintosh to Work;
Chapter 19: Jotting Down Notes;
19.1 What You'll Be Using;
19.2 Storing Notes in the Stickies Program;
19.3 Storing Notes in the Stickies Dashboard Widget;
19.4 Additional Ideas for Jotting Down Notes;
Chapter 20: Turning Your Mac into an Electronic Reminder;
20.1 What You'll Be Using;
20.2 Scheduling Events in iCal;
20.3 Displaying a Reminder on the Screen;
20.4 Opening a File;
20.5 Sending an Email Reminder;
20.6 Additional Ideas for Setting Reminders;
Chapter 21: Never Forget a Birthday Again;
21.1 What You'll Be Using;
21.2 Storing Names and Birthdays in the Address Book;
21.3 Automatically Creating a Birthdays Calendar;
21.4 Additional Ideas for Tracking Important Dates;
Chapter 22: Playing Audio CDs and Audio Files on Your Macintosh;
22.1 What You'll Be Using;
22.2 Playing Audio CDs;
22.3 Importing Digital Audio Files;
22.4 Deleting Digital Audio Files in iTunes;
22.5 Playing Music;
22.6 Using Playlists;
22.7 Using the Genius Feature;
22.8 Additional Ideas for Playing Music on Your Macintosh;
Chapter 23: Ripping and Burning an Audio CD;
23.1 What You'll Be Using;
23.2 Picking an Audio File Format;
23.3 Ripping Songs from a CD;
23.4 Burning a Custom Audio CD;
23.5 Additional Ideas for Ripping and Burning CDs;
Chapter 24: Playing Your Favorite Parts of a DVD;
24.1 What You'll Be Using;
24.2 Switching Between Full Screen and Window Mode;
24.3 Viewing DVD Movie Chapters;
24.4 Playing Specific DVD Chapters;
24.5 Using Bookmarks;
24.6 Using Video Clips;
24.7 Additional Ideas for Viewing Your Favorite Parts of a DVD;
Chapter 25: Storing Files on a CD or DVD;
25.1 What You'll Be Using;
25.2 Identifying the Discs Your Macintosh Can Use;
25.3 Erasing a Read/Write (RW) Disc;
25.4 Choosing Files to Burn to a CD or DVD;
25.5 Additional Ideas for Burning CDs and DVDs;
Chapter 26: Transferring Images to Your Macintosh;
26.1 What You'll Be Using;
26.2 Transferring Photos from a Digital Camera;
26.3 Transferring Images from a Scanner;
26.4 Copying Images from a Web Page;
26.5 Capturing Screen Images;
26.6 Additional Ideas for Storing Images;
Chapter 27: Organizing Digital Photographs in iPhoto;
27.1 What You'll Be Using;
27.2 How iPhoto Works;
27.3 Working with Events;
27.4 Viewing All Your Photos;
27.5 Working with Albums;
27.6 Deleting Photos and Albums;
27.7 Working with Faces;
27.8 Working with Places;
27.9 Editing Photo Locations;
27.10 Additional Ideas for Organizing Digital Photographs in iPhoto;
Chapter 28: Tagging and Sorting Digital Photographs in iPhoto;
28.1 What You'll Be Using;
28.2 Tagging Photos;
28.3 Sorting Photos;
28.4 Additional Ideas for Sorting Digital Photographs in iPhoto;
Chapter 29: Editing Digital Photographs in iPhoto;
29.1 What You'll Be Using;
29.2 Rotating and Straightening Photos;
29.3 Cropping a Photo;
29.4 Touching Up a Photo;
29.5 Creating Unusual Visual Effects;
29.6 Adjust a Photo Manually;
29.7 Additional Ideas for Editing Digital Photographs in iPhoto;
Chapter 30: Turning Your Macintosh into an Electronic Picture Frame;
30.1 What You'll Be Using;
30.2 Creating a Slideshow Folder;
30.3 Storing Pictures in Your Slideshow Folder;
30.4 Capturing Pictures with iSight and Photo Booth;
30.5 Creating a Slideshow;
30.6 More Ideas for Displaying Slideshows;
Chapter 31: Sharing Files Wirelessly with Bluetooth;
31.1 What You'll Be Using;
31.2 Checking for Bluetooth Capability;
31.3 Turning On Bluetooth;
31.4 Sharing Files with Bluetooth;
31.5 Additional Ideas for Transferring Files Wirelessly;
Chapter 32: Retrieving Files Back in Time;
32.1 What You'll Be Using;
32.2 Retrieving Files from the Trash;
32.3 Backing Up and Retrieving Files with Time Machine;
32.4 Additional Ideas for Backing Up Files;
Chapter 33: Typing Foreign Languages;
33.1 What You'll Be Using;
33.2 Typing Foreign Characters;
33.3 Clicking to Choose Foreign Characters;
33.4 Typing on a Foreign Language Keyboard Layout;
33.5 Typing in Foreign (Non-Roman) Characters;
33.6 Typing Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Characters;
33.7 Additional Ideas for Typing Foreign Characters;
Touching the World Through the Internet;
Chapter 34: Getting on the Internet and Sharing Folders;
34.1 What You'll Be Using;
34.2 Plugging Your Macintosh into the Internet;
34.3 Connecting to a Wireless Internet Connection;
34.4 Sharing Folders over a Network;
34.5 Additional Ideas for Connecting to the Internet;
Chapter 35: Remembering Your Favorite Websites;
35.1 What You'll Be Using;
35.2 Using Bookmarks;
35.3 Organizing Bookmarks in Folders;
35.4 Using the History Menu;
35.5 Creating a List of Top Sites;
35.6 Additional Ideas for Using Bookmarks and the History Menu;
Chapter 36: Getting the Latest News Using RSS;
36.1 What You'll Be Using;
36.2 Using RSS Feeds;
36.3 Reading RSS Feeds by Email;
36.4 Additional Ideas for RSS Feeds;
Chapter 37: Keeping Your Internet Activities Private;
37.1 What You'll Be Using;
37.2 Identifying Safe Websites;
37.3 Clearing Your Internet Tracks;
37.4 Avoiding Fraudulent Websites and Phishing Scams;
37.5 Hiding Your Browsing from Others;
Chapter 38: Saving Research Information from a Web Page;
38.1 What You'll Be Using;
38.2 Saving a Web Page as a File;
38.3 Emailing a Web Page;
38.4 Saving a Web Page as a Note;
38.5 Listening to Text on a Web Page;
38.6 Additional Ideas for Researching on the Internet;
Chapter 39: Creating an Electronic Clipping Service for Web Pages;
39.1 What You'll Be Using;
39.2 Clipping a Web Page;
39.3 Viewing a Web Clip;
39.4 Changing the Appearance of a Web Clip;
39.5 Deleting a Web Clip;
39.6 Additional Ideas for Web Clips;
Chapter 40: Watching Video on Any Website;
40.1 What You'll Be Using;
40.2 Downloading and Installing RealPlayer;
40.3 Downloading and Installing Flip4Mac;
40.4 Downloading and Installing Windows Media Player for Mac;
40.5 Additional Ideas for Watching Videos on the Internet;
Chapter 41: Expanding Your Mind by Listening to Free College Lectures;
41.1 What You'll Be Using;
41.2 Choosing a College in iTunes U;
41.3 Listening to Downloaded Lectures;
41.4 Additional Ideas for Listening to Lectures;
Chapter 42: Listening to News, Music, and Talk Shows over the Internet;
42.1 What You'll Be Using;
42.2 Finding and Listening to an Internet Radio Station;
42.3 Finding Podcasts;
42.4 Listening to Saved Podcasts;
42.5 Additional Ideas for Listening to Radio Stations and Podcasts;
Chapter 43: Setting Up an Email Account;
43.1 What You'll Be Using;
43.2 Getting Your Email Account Information;
43.3 Configuring the Mail Program for Your Email Account;
43.4 Configuring Mail Manually;
43.5 Additional Ideas for Creating Accounts in Mail;
Chapter 44: Reading and Writing Email;
44.1 What You'll Be Using;
44.2 Retrieving Email Messages;
44.3 Reading Your Messages;
44.4 Deleting a Message;
44.5 Saving Email Addresses;
44.6 Writing a Message;
44.7 Saving Messages as Drafts;
44.8 Additional Ideas for Reading and Writing Messages;
Chapter 45: Making Email Look Pretty;
45.1 What You'll Be Using;
45.2 Using Stationery;
45.3 Using Signatures;
45.4 Additional Ideas for Making Email Look Pretty;
Chapter 46: Organizing Your Email;
46.1 What You'll Be Using;
46.2 Sorting Messages;
46.3 Searching for Messages;
46.4 Using Smart Mailboxes;
46.5 Using Rules to Sort Messages;
46.6 Additional Ideas for Organizing Email;
Chapter 47: Dealing with Junk Email;
47.1 What You'll Be Using;
47.2 Bouncing Messages;
47.3 Using Junk Mail Filtering;
47.4 Additional Ideas for Dealing with Junk Email;
Chapter 48: Instant Messaging with iChat;
48.1 What You'll Be Using;
48.2 Setting Up an iChat Account;
48.3 Starting iChat;
48.4 Additional Ideas for Using iChat;
Maintaining Your Macintosh;
Chapter 49: Learning About Your Macintosh;
49.1 What You'll Be Using;
49.2 Identifying Your Operating System Version, Processor Type, and Memory;
49.3 Identifying the Types of CD and DVD Discs Your Mac Can Use;
49.4 Additional Ideas for Identifying the Parts of Your Macintosh;
Chapter 50: Installing, Updating, and Uninstalling Software on Your Macintosh;
50.1 What You'll Be Using;
50.2 Installing Software from a CD or DVD;
50.3 Installing Software over the Internet;
50.4 Updating Software;
50.5 Uninstalling Software;
50.6 Additional Ideas for Installing Software on Your Macintosh;
Chapter 51: Ejecting Stuck CDs or DVDs;
51.1 What You'll Be Using;
51.2 How to Eject a CD or DVD Normally;
51.3 How to Eject a Stuck CD or DVD;
51.4 Additional Ideas for Ejecting and Preventing Stuck CDs or DVDs;
Chapter 52: Password Protecting Your Macintosh;
52.1 What You'll Be Using;
52.2 Password Protecting Screensaver and Sleep Mode;
52.3 Password Protecting System Preferences;
52.4 Disabling Automatic Login;
52.5 Turning Automatic Login Back On;
52.6 Logging Out Automatically;
52.7 Choosing and Changing Your Passwords;
52.8 Additional Ideas for Password Protecting Your Macintosh;
Chapter 53: Encrypting Your Data;
53.1 What You'll Be Using;
53.2 Encrypting Your Home Folder;
53.3 Additional Ideas for Encrypting Your Data;
Chapter 54: Configuring the Firewall;
54.1 What You'll Be Using;
54.2 Turning the Firewall On (or Off);
54.3 Configuring the Firewall;
54.4 Additional Ideas for Using the Firewall;
The Next Step;

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