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Is Windows giving you pause? Ready to make the leap to the Mac instead? There has never been a better time to switch from Windows to Mac, and this incomparable guide will help you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.

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Overview

Is Windows giving you pause? Ready to make the leap to the Mac instead? There has never been a better time to switch from Windows to Mac, and this incomparable guide will help you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.

Why is this such a good time to switch? Upgrading from one version of Windows to another used to be simple. But now there's Windows Vista, a veritable resource hog that forces you to relearn everything. Learning a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. No viruses, worms or spyware. No questionable firewalls, inefficient permissions, or other strange features. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. And if you're still using Windows XP, we've got you covered, too.

If you're ready to take on Mac OS X Leopard, the latest edition of this bestselling guide tells you everything you need to know:

  • Transferring your stuff -- Moving photos, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents is the easy part. This book gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.


  • Re-creating your software suite -- Big-name programs (Word, Photoshop, Firefox, Dreamweaver, and so on) are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are available only for Windows. This guide identifies the Mac equivalents and explains how to move your data to them.


  • Learning Leopard -- Once you've moved into the Mac, a final task awaits: Learning your way around. Fortunately, you're in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to the Macintosh.
Moving from Windows to a Mac successfully and painlessly is the one thing Apple does not deliver. Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is your ticket to a new computing experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596555696
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
What Mac OS X Gives You     3
What Mac OS X Takes Away     5
About This Book     6
The Very Basics     8
Welcome to Macintosh
How the Mac Is Different     11
Power On, Dude     11
That One-Button Mouse     12
On, Off, and Sleep     13
The Menu Bar     15
Finder = Windows Explorer     15
Dock = Taskbar     16
Menulets = Tray     16
Keyboard Differences     19
Disk Differences     24
Where Your Stuff Is     25
Window Controls     28
Terminology Differences     36
Folders, Dock, & Windows     37
Getting into Mac OS X     37
The Four Window Views     39
Icon View     41
List View     47
Column View     52
Cover Flow View     55
Quick Look     57
The Dock     60
The Finder Toolbar     69
Getting Help in Mac OS X     70
Files, Icons, & Spotlight     75
Renaming Icons     75
Selecting Icons     77
Moving and Copying Icons     79
Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Once     84
Color Labels     85
The Trash     88
Get Info     91
The Spotlight Menu     94
The Spotlight Window     100
Customizing Spotlight     107
Smart Folders     109
Documents, Programs, & Spaces     111
Opening Mac OS X Programs     112
The New, Improved "Alt-Tab"     115
Expose: Death to Window Clutter     116
Spaces: Your Free Quad-Display Mac     122
Hiding Programs the Old-Fashioned Way     127
How Documents Know Their Parents     129
Keyboard Control     134
The Save and Open Dialog Boxes     136
Two Kinds of Programs: Cocoa and Carbon     141
The Cocoa Difference     142
Universal Apps (Intel Macs)     145
Installing Mac OS X Programs     146
Dashboard     150
Web Clips: Make Your Own Widgets     154
Moving In
Eight Ways to Transfer Your Files     159
Transfer by Apple Genius     160
Transfers by iTornado     161
Transfers by Disk      162
Transfers by Network     163
Transfers by File-Sending Web Site     163
Transfers by Email     164
Transfers by iDisk     164
Transfers by Bluetooth     164
Where to Put Your Copied Files     165
Document-Conversion Issues     167
Transferring Email and Contacts     171
A Reminder That Could Save You Hours     172
Transferring Your Outlook Mail     172
Transferring Your Outlook Address Book     180
Transferring from Outlook Express     184
Transferring Your Eudora Mail     184
Transferring Your Eudora Address Book     187
Email Settings     188
Special Software, Special Problems     191
ACDSee     191
Acrobat Reader     192
ACT     192
Ad Subtract (Pop-up Stopper)     193
Adobe [your favorite program here]     194
America Online     194
AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)     195
Children's Software     195
Earthlink Total Access     196
Easy CD Creator     196
Encarta     196
Eudora     197
Excel      197
Firefox     197
Games     197
Google Desktop Search     197
ICQ     198
Internet Explorer     198
iTunes     198
Kazaa     198
Limewire     198
MacAfee VirusScan     198
Microsoft Access     199
Microsoft Money     200
Microsoft Office     201
Microsoft Publisher     203
Microsoft Visio     203
Minesweeper     203
MSN Messenger     203
NaturallySpeaking     203
Netscape     204
Newsgroup Readers     204
Norton AntiVirus     204
Norton Utilities     204
Notepad     204
Outlook/Outlook Express     204
Paint Shop Pro     205
Palm Desktop     205
Picasa     205
Pocket PC     205
PowerPoint     206
QuickBooks     206
Quicken     206
RealPlayer     207
RssReader     207
Skype     207
Snaglt     207
Solitaire     208
Street Atlas USA     209
TaxCut, TurboTax     209
WinAmp, MusicMatch     209
Windows Media Player     209
WinZip     210
Word     210
WordPerfect     210
Yahoo Messenger     210
Windows on Macintosh     211
Boot Camp     212
Windows in a Window     220
Hardware on the Mac     223
Printers and Printing     223
Managing Printouts     229
Faxing     232
PDF Files     236
Fonts-and Font Book     237
Digital Cameras     242
Disks     243
Burning CDs and DVDs     245
iTunes: The Digital Jukebox     250
DVD Movies     258
Keyboard     261
Mouse     262
Monitors     263
Time Machine     263
.Mac Sync     275
The Mac Online
Internet Setup     279
Network Central-and Multihoming     279
Broadband Connections     281
Dial-up Modem Connections     287
Switching Locations     291
Internet Sharing     292
.Mac Services     295
Internet Location Files     300
Mail & Address Book     301
Checking Your Mail     301
Writing Messages     304
Stationery     308
Reading Email     310
The Anti-Spam Toolkit     324
RSS Feeds     325
Notes     327
To Dos     328
Address Book     331
Safari & iChat     339
Safari     340
Tips for Better Surfing     346
Tabbed Browsing     350
iChat     356
Text Chats     363
Audio Chats     365
Video Chats     366
Sharing Your Screen     370
iChat Theater     372
Putting Down Roots
Accounts, Parental Controls, & Security     377
Introducing Accounts     377
Creating an Account     379
Parental Controls     387
Editing Accounts     395
Setting Up the Login Process     396
Signing In, Logging Out     398
Sharing Across Accounts     399
Fast User Switching     400
Four Mac OS X Security Shields      401
Networking, File Sharing, & Screen Sharing     413
Wiring the Network     413
File Sharing     416
Accessing Shared Files     422
Networking with Windows     426
Screen Sharing     431
System Preferences     437
The System Preferences Window     437
.Mac     439
Accounts     440
Appearance     440
Bluetooth     442
CDs & DVDs     444
Date & Time     445
Desktop & Screen Saver     447
Displays     454
Dock     456
Energy Saver     456
Expose & Spaces     460
International     460
Keyboard & Mouse     464
Network     469
Parental Controls     469
Print & Fax     469
QuickTime     469
Security     469
Sharing     469
Software Update     471
Sound     471
Speech     473
Spotlight     475
Startup Disk     475
Time Machine     475
Universal Access     475
The Free Programs     479
Address Book     480
AppleScript     480
Automator     481
Calculator     482
Chess     484
Dashboard     485
Dictionary     485
DVD Player     487
Expose     487
Font Book     487
Front Row     487
GarageBand     489
iCal     489
iChat     498
iDVD     498
iMovie, iPhoto     498
iTunes     498
Mail     498
Photo Booth     498
Preview     502
QuickTime Player     507
Safari     509
Stickies     509
System Preferences     511
TextEdit     511
Time Machine     517
Utilities: Your Mac OS X Toolbox     517
Appendixes
Installation & Troubleshooting     537
Getting Ready to Install     537
Four Kinds of Installation     538
The Basic Installation     538
The Upgrade Installation     540
The Clean Install ("Archive and Install")     540
Erase & Install     541
The Setup Assistant     541
Troubleshooting     544
The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary     555
The Master Mac OS X Secret Keystroke List     569
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Making the Switch

    Having used a PC for numerous years at home and at work but getting increasingly frustrated with the viruses and computer freezes despite all necessary precautions, I decided to take the leap and move over to a Mac. Wanting to gain a behind-the-scenes look at what a Mac before purchasing it - more than and different from what I could get at an Apple Store - I found this book to be extremely helpful, as Pogue makes many comparisons between the two systems, thus allowing the reader the luxury of "experiencing" a Mac based on what's known and comfortable on the PC side. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is either contemplating the PC-to-Mac switch or has already decided to make the switch. The book is an invaluable resource.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Comprehensive and Practical Reference

    While now slightly outdated with the release of Snow Leopard, when I bought the book (several months ago) it was just what I needed to switch from a PC/Windows machine to the Mac with a minimum of fuss or wasted time. I have been using DOS and then Windows since 1983. This book enabled me to switch to the Mac without too much trouble. I especially liked the guide to the transfer of files and data within files to the appropriate place and program on the Mac.

    The description of the Mac environment with Windows equivalents was also very helpful.

    The whole idea of the Missing Manual series by David Pogue is fantastic. I hope the series continues (as I know it has) with a wider field of software and hardware.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Title reflects exactly the contents of the book

    Well done. Easy to read for a manual. Recommend to anyone purchasing either their first mac or someone who needs a reference manual to which to refer owning their 2nd or 3rd mac.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Essential For Anyone Switching to a Mac

    I started with a Mac nearly 20 years but switched to PC because that was what was used in business. Now that I retired, I purchased a MacBook Prof and love it. Switching to the Mac has made the transition much easier. The book is comprehensive and written in easily understandable prose. It is a reference I will be using for a long time. I would recommend it to anyone switching to the Mac.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    A must have for Mac "Virgins"

    A great reference tool for anyone making the move from PC to a Mac. I had little experience with a Mac before getting my MacBook, but was tired of my PC. It was the best move I could have made, and this book just made it all that much easier when I had questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Great Book for former PC Users

    I knew very little about using a Mac. I found this book easy to follow and very helpful if you are considering changing from a PC to a MAC. I was also impressed with the Mac features and glad not to deal with the aggravations one has to deal with using a PC.

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