Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Lion in 10 Minutes

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Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Lion in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical information designed to get you up and running quickly and easily. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you?ll learn everything you need to know to effectively use Mac OS X Lion. Each compact lesson zeros in on a specific aspect of the Mac operating system explained through concise and informative descriptions along with accurate and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. You?ll quickly become comfortable performing the most...

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Overview

Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Lion in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical information designed to get you up and running quickly and easily. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to know to effectively use Mac OS X Lion. Each compact lesson zeros in on a specific aspect of the Mac operating system explained through concise and informative descriptions along with accurate and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. You’ll quickly become comfortable performing the most important Mac tasks you need–and want–to do everyday!

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions

Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls

Notes provide additional information

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…

  • Use Lion’s great desktop tools including Finder windows, Dock, Launchpad, Dashboard, Mission Control, and Spotlight.
  • Install and manage applications through the Mac App Store and from the desktop.
  • Personalize Mac OS Lion to suit your preferences, including desktop pictures, sounds, Mission Control’s spaces, Launchpad’s applications, and the Dashboard’s widgets.
  • Connect your Mac OS X Lion computer to the Internet through a local wired and wireless network.
  • Install, configure, and use mice, trackpads, and keyboards.
  • Create and manage your Mac’s user accounts.
  • Protect your Mac from Internet attacks, data loss, and other potential problems.
  • Troubleshoot and solve problems through a logical, easy-to-perform approach.
  • Run Windows applications on your Mac.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672335709
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 8/25/2011
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Miser has written extensively about technology, with his favorite topics being Apple’s amazing Macintosh computers, iPods, and iPhones. Books Brad has written include: Sams Teach Yourself iTunes 10 in 10 Minutes; My iPod touch, Second Edition; My iPhone, Fourth Edition; Easy iLife ’09; Special Edition Using Mac OS X Leopard; Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling; Teach Yourself Visually MacBook, Third Edition; and MacBook Pro Portable Genius, Third Edition. He has also been an author, development editor, or technical editor on more than 50 other titles.

Brad is or has been a sales support specialist, the director of product and customer services, and the manager of education and support services for several software development companies. Previously, he was the lead proposal specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a development editor for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test officer/engineer for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering, business, and other topics.

Originally from California, Brad now lives in Brownsburg, Indiana, with his wife Amy; their three daughters, Jill, Emily, and Grace; a rabbit; and a sometimes-inside cat.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Getting Started with Mac OS X Lion 5

Touring the Lion Desktop..........................................................5

Starting Up and Logging In ......................................................5

Pointing, Clicking, Dragging, and Scrolling ..................................9

Understanding Windows ........................................................12

Understanding Applications, Files, and Folders ........................15

Working with Disks, Discs, Volumes, and Other Devices ..........16

Using Menus ........................................................................17

Sleeping................................................................................18

Logging Out ..........................................................................18

Shutting Down ......................................................................19

2 Working on the Lion Desktop 21

Navigating the Desktop ..........................................................21

Working with Finder Windows..................................................23

Using the Dock ......................................................................31

Searching with Spotlight ........................................................39

3 Installing, Using, and Managing Applications 41

Using the App Store to Install and Update Applications ............41

Installing and Updating Applications from the Desktop ............48

Launching, Quitting, and Managing Applications ......................50

Working with Documents ........................................................55

4 Touring Lion’s Applications 61

Understanding Mac OS Lion’s Applications ..............................61

Previewing Documents with Preview ........................................62

Storing Contact Info with the Address Book ............................63

Enjoying DVD Content with DVD Player ....................................65

Communicating with FaceTime ................................................65

Managing Your Time with iCal ................................................66

Playing Digital Music and Video with iTunes ............................67

Managing Email with Mail ......................................................68

Surfing the Web with Safari ....................................................69

Being Creative with the iLife Suite ..........................................70

5 Personalizing Lion 73

Setting Finder Preferences ....................................................73

Working with the System Preferences Application ....................76

Organizing the Launchpad ......................................................88

Configuring Mission Control ....................................................89

Configuring the Dashboard ....................................................94

6 Connecting Your Macto the Internet and a Local Network 97

Connecting Your Mac to the Internet ......................................97

Working on a Local Network ................................................109

7 Installing and Using Printers 117

Understanding Printing Options ............................................117

Installing and Configuring a Printer Connected to a Mac ........119

Installing and Configuring a Network Printer ..........................121

Printing ..............................................................................124

Printing to PDF ....................................................................126

8 Working with Mice, Keyboards, and Trackpads 131

Understanding Input Devices ................................................131

Working with Mice................................................................132

Working with Keyboards........................................................138

Working with a Trackpad ......................................................141

9 Configuring and Managing User Accounts 145

Understanding User Accounts ..............................................145

Creating User Accounts ........................................................147

Applying Parental Controls to User Accounts..........................154

Opening Documents and Applications Automatically at Login ..159

Configuring the Login Process ..............................................160

Working with Fast User Switching ..........................................161

Changing User Accounts ......................................................163

Deleting User Accounts ........................................................163

10 Securing and Protecting Your Mac 165

Understanding Threats to Your Mac ......................................165

Updating Your Software ........................................................165

Protecting Your Mac from Internet Attacks ............................168

Protecting Your Data with Encryption ....................................177

Backing Up Your Data with Time Machine ..............................180

11 Troubleshooting and Solving Problems 187

Solving Problems ................................................................187

Performing General Troubleshooting Steps ............................188

Repairing Drives with Disk Utility ..........................................195

Recovering Data from a Time Machine Backup ......................198

Reinstalling Mac OS X Lion ..................................................201

Getting Help with Problems ..................................................202

12 Running Windows on Your Mac 207

Understanding Options to Run Windows on a Mac ................207

Installing and Using Boot Camp to Run Windows ..................209

Installing and Using a Virtual Environment to Run Windows ....215

TOC, 9780672335709, 7/19/2011

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