Switching to the Mac, Snow Leopard Edition: The Missing Manual

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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.

Learning to use a Mac is not a piece of cake, but ...

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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.

Learning to use 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. Whether you're using Windows XP or Vista, we've got you covered.

If you're ready to take on Mac OS X Snow 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 Snow 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, Snow Leopard Edition is your ticket to a new computing experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596804251
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Snow Leopard ed.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 632
  • Sales rank: 995,204
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). 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

The Missing Credits

Introduction

Part I: Welcome to Macintosh

Chapter 1: How the Mac Is Different

Chapter 2: Folders, Dock, & Windows

Chapter 3: Files, Icons, & Spotlight

Chapter 4: Documents, Programs, & Spaces

Part II: Making the Move

Chapter 5: Seven Ways to Transfer Your Files

Chapter 6: Transferring Email & Contacts

Chapter 7: Special Software, Special Problems

Chapter 8: Windows on Macintosh

Chapter 9: Hardware on the Mac

Part III: Making Connections

Chapter 10: Internet Setup & MobileMe

Chapter 11: Mail & Address Book

Chapter 12: Safari & iChat

Part IV: Putting Down Roots

Chapter 13: Accounts, Parental Controls, & Security

Chapter 14: Networking, File Sharing, & Screen Sharing

Chapter 15: System Preferences

Chapter 16: The Free Programs

Part V: Appendixes

Installation & Troubleshooting

The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary

The Master Mac OS X Secret Keystroke List

Colophon

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    A must for people moving from MAC to PC and did not elect to sign up for Apple classes.

    I keep the book right next to my Mac and use it for reference. The Introduction and Chapter 1 are great to read in order to get oriented on the MAC. The terminology is different so it helps to understand the basics. The book is for the simple-mnded (me) and for people who really want to make the MAC their own. It is definitely worth the price!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2010

    GREAT book for a newbie to MAC-land!

    I just bought the book and a new iMAC. I was afraid the book would be written for computer-speak folks but it's not! The book is easy to understand and is even humerous. Without this book I'm not sure I'd ever get started and use all the system's capabilities. A MUST BUY!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A very good book for PC users switching

    As a reference, since I am a PC user switching to a MAC

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Looks to be very informative - just what I was looking for!

    So glad I found and could order this manual. Of course there is a lot to this book, but know it will be helpful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great for whenyou switch from PC to Mac

    30 years of PC and just switched to a Mac. This book helped me translate PCisms into MACese.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Essential to make the switch

    Excellent reference book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Reference that's actually user-friendly

    Valuable for those of us who are planning a switch from a PC to a Mac

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    'Excellent intro for PC to Mac switchers

    Useful to Mac starters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good Mac book!

    Very easy to read, with pictures for someone that is new to the mac world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellent book for people converting

    It's a reference book

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