Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual

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Apple's "Switch" campaign, aimed at Windows PC users who've had it to here with the complexity, intrusiveness, viruses and hassle of life in Windows, is having tremendous success. Lured by Apple's gorgeous computers and Mac OS X, the new super-stable operating system, thousands of Windows refugees are making the leap to the simpler, cleaner lines of the Macintosh — and then discovering that just buying a new Mac isn't quite all there is to it. Not only must they learn new ways of doing things, but they may find ...

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Overview

Apple's "Switch" campaign, aimed at Windows PC users who've had it to here with the complexity, intrusiveness, viruses and hassle of life in Windows, is having tremendous success. Lured by Apple's gorgeous computers and Mac OS X, the new super-stable operating system, thousands of Windows refugees are making the leap to the simpler, cleaner lines of the Macintosh — and then discovering that just buying a new Mac isn't quite all there is to it. Not only must they learn new ways of doing things, but they may find it a challenge to bring over their digital lives from the PC they leave behind (or leave on their desk as a second machine).This concise, entertaining book from celebrated author and New York Times columnist David Pogue shows Mac converts how to make the move quickly and easily.With refreshing humor and jargon-free prose, Pogue teaches novices and power users alike how to move their files, address book and email collection from a PC to the Mac; adapt to Mac versions of programs such as Microsoft Office, FileMaker, Photoshop, America Online and Quicken; find familiar controls in the new system; set up a network to share files with PCs and Macs; and adapt their old printers, scanners, and other peripherals. An important part of this book is Appendix B, the "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary, which includes an alphabetical listing of every familiar Windows feature, and where readers can find its equivalent in Mac OS X.If you're ready to switch, this is your guide.

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Are you bringing the first Mac into your life? Maybe you just love the way the new Macs look, and you’ve decided you’ve got to have one? Or you’re tired of Windows? Did you just get a job in a shop that uses Macs? Do you switch between Windows and Macs depending on where you are and what you’re doing? Whatever the reason, if you’re a Windows user who’s planning to spend a lot more time with Macs and OS X, you’ll welcome Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual.

Whether you’re a “switcher” or “co-exister,” you’ll typically have three major tasks ahead of you. David Pogue -- the long-time Mac author and New York Times technology columnist -- can help with all three.

First, you’ll want to get comfortable with your new environment. Mac OS X does pretty much the same stuff as any other contemporary operating system, but it does them differently. Differently enough from Windows that you’ll want some help. Using your Windows knowledge as a starting point, Pogue helps you get comfortable with OS X’s dock, icons, windows, menus, scrollbars, aliases, Apple menu, trash basket, and the rest of the Mac interface. (You say Ctrl-Click isn’t enough? You must have a two-button mouse? Well, no sweat: go ahead and add one, via USB. It’ll work right out of the box.)

Once you know your way around, you’ll need to copy some or all your Windows content over to your Mac. Some of that’s straightforward. An MP3’s an MP3, wherever you’re running it.

Some of it’s trickier. It’s not immediately self-evident to the casual user how to extract and copy your email messages, address books, instant messaging buddy lists, and so forth. Of course, you’ll also have to transfer your Internet and email account settings. Pogue will walk you through all that.

Next, you’ll need to assemble Mac programs to handle the tasks you’re used to performing in Windows.

Well, there’s Microsoft Word and Excel, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and so forth -- no problem there, except the expense of buying new versions. But when it comes to more specialized stuff, it can take some sleuthing to find equivalents or workarounds. Pogue offers a full chapter of listings and solutions. You’ll find everything from alternatives to Microsoft Visio diagramming software (he finds OmniGiraffe a “delightful” alternative) to freeware versions of Solitaire.

While you’re at it, Pogue tells you all you need to know about hardware -- including where to find printer drivers for hundreds of older Mac and Windows printers...which $40 software package extends OS X support to dozens of otherwise unsupported scanners...and why your DVD-ROM’s Eject button doesn’t eject anything.

Whether you’ve considered yourself a Windows power user or not, it’s surprisingly easy to become a Mac power user -- and that’s this book’s fourth task. Pogue walks you through setting up accounts for each of your Mac’s users; tweaking your Mac’s System Preferences to get them just right, and more. You’ll also tour your Mac’s collection of applications and applets, from Stickies to Stuffit Expander, iCal (calendar) to QuickTime Player.

Thanks to David Pogue, there’s a single location where Windows users can resolve all their Mac confusions -- and it’s about time. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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While there is no shortage of guides to Mac OS X (LJ 4/1/03), these two target Windows users who switched to the Mac. Switcher's Guide provides detailed instructions on moving files from the PC to the Mac, "switcher diary" interviews, an annotated top ten reasons to switch, and discussion of using PCs at work and Macs at home, as well as basic coverage of OS and completing common tasks. Appendixes include keyboard shortcuts, useful web sites, and a transition glossary. The more thorough Missing Manual contains a useful chapter addressing the Mac equivalents of several popular Windows programs and explaining (when applicable) how to import data, plus an introduction to the Mac's freebie programs. Its troubleshooting instructions and information on day-to-day Mac usage are much more detailed than the same material in Switcher's Guide. Both are appropriate for public libraries, but go with Missing Manual if you can only afford one. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596004521
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year"). Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series of complete, funny computer books, a joint venture with O'Reilly & Associates. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows XP, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie 2, and many others. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com, and his email address is david@pogueman.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Welcome to Macintosh
Ch. 1 How the Mac Is Different 11
Ch. 2 Windows and Icons 31
Ch. 3 Dock, Desktop, and Toolbar 65
Ch. 4 Programs and Documents 77
Pt. 2 Moving In
Ch. 5 Five Ways to Transfer Your Files 111
Ch. 6 Transferring Email and Contacts 133
Ch. 7 Special Software, Special Problems 159
Ch. 8 Hardware on the Mac 181
Pt. 3 Making Connections
Ch. 9 Getting Online 209
Ch. 10 Mail and Address Book 223
Ch. 11 Web and Chat Programs 245
Pt. 4 Putting Down Roots
Ch. 12 Accounts 265
Ch. 13 System Preferences 281
Ch. 14 The Freebie Programs 327
Pt. 5 Appendixes
App. A Installation and Troubleshooting 385
App. B The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary 401
App. C The Master OS X Keystroke List 419
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