Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook Air

Overview

Get the most out of the latest MacBook Air with this easy-to-read visual guide

Who doesn't love the MacBook Air? It's light as a feather, yet delivers heavyweight functionality. If you want clear, practical, visual instructions on how to use your new MacBook Air, this is the book for you. Using tons of illustrations and step-by-step explanations, Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook Air gets you up and running by clearly showing you how to do everything. From the basics to everything...

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Overview

Get the most out of the latest MacBook Air with this easy-to-read visual guide

Who doesn't love the MacBook Air? It's light as a feather, yet delivers heavyweight functionality. If you want clear, practical, visual instructions on how to use your new MacBook Air, this is the book for you. Using tons of illustrations and step-by-step explanations, Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook Air gets you up and running by clearly showing you how to do everything. From the basics to everything the new OS X operating system brings to the table, this book guides you through.

  • Walks you through all the new features and functions of the new MacBook Air
  • Shows you how to work with the new OS X Mavericks operating system, iCloud, FaceTime, and more
  • Covers basics, such as powering up and shutting down to running Windows applications and downloading apps from the Mac Store
  • Features full-color screen shots to reinforce your visual learning of processes

Find all the cool and practical ways to use your MacBook Air with Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook Air.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118816288
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/9/2013
  • Series: Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech) Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 165,041
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Discovering MacBook Air

Chapter 1 Exploring MacBook Air

Tour MacBook Air 4

Start Up and Log In 8

Explore the OS X Desktop 10

Point and Click, Double-Click, or Secondary Click 14

Understanding Drives, Volumes, Optical Discs,

Folders, and Files 16

Configure the Keyboard 18

Configure the Trackpad 20

Sleep, Log Out, Restart, or Shut Down 22

Chapter 2 Looking Through the OS X Finder Windows

Understanding Finder, Application, and Document Windows 24

View Finder Windows in Icon View 26

View Finder Windows in List View 28

View Finder Windows in Column View 30

View Finder Windows in Cover Flow View 32

Configure the Sidebar 33

Work with Finder Tabs 34

Using the Action Pop-up Menu and Quick Look 36

Configure the Finder Window Toolbar 37

Chapter 3 Managing the MacBook Air Desktop Workspace

Understanding Desktop Management Tools 38

Using and Configuring the Dock 40

Manage the Desktop with Mission Control 42

Configure and Use Mission Control and Desktops 44

Manage Open Windows with Mission Control 48

Using and Configuring the Dashboard 50

Work with Notifications 52

Chapter 4 Working on the Mac Desktop

Move to Locations on the Desktop 56

Rename Files and Folders 58

Compress Files and Folders 59

Find Files, Folders, and Other Information 60

Create Smart Folders 64

Get Information About Files and Folders 66

Organize Your Files and Folders with Tags 68

Chapter 5 Working with Mac Applications

Understanding Applications and Documents 70

Install Applications from the App Store 72

Install Applications from Distribution Files 74

Launch Applications with the Launchpad 76

Launch Applications from the Desktop 78

Control Applications 80

Save Documents 82

Work with Versions of Documents 84

Expand an Application to Full Screen Mode 86

Work with Multiple Application Windows 87

Chapter 6 Personalizing Your MacBook Air

Set Finder Preferences 88

Explore the System Preferences Application 90

Change General Preferences 92

Set a Desktop Picture 94

Choose a Screen Saver 96

Set and Configure the Clock 98

Save Energy 100

Configure the Display 102

Control Sound 104

Create and Configure User Accounts 106

Protect Users with Parental Controls 110

Set Login Options 112

Set Up Internet Accounts 114

Part II Getting Connected

Chapter 7 Connecting to a Network and the Internet

Understanding Networking Concepts 118

Obtain an Internet Account 122

Set Up a Local Network 124

Protect Your MacBook Air from Internet Attacks 128

Connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi 130

Connect to the Internet with Ethernet 132

Using AirDrop to Share Files 134

Share Files on a Local Network 136

Share Screens on a Local Network 140

Troubleshoot an Internet Connection 142

Chapter 8 Connecting MacBook Air to Other Devices

Expand Storage Space with an External Hard Drive 144

Connect and Use an External Display 148

Using an Apple TV to Display on an HDTV 150

Connect and Use Bluetooth Devices 152

Connect and Use External Speakers 154

Connect to and Use a USB Hub 156

Connect to and Use Ethernet Devices 157

Chapter 9 Traveling with MacBook Air

Connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi 158

Connect to the Internet via AirPort Express 160

Connect to the Internet with a Wireless Modem 162

Manage Your MacBook Air’s Power 164

Protect Your Data with FileVault 166

Tighten Security and Set Up the Firewall 168

Find Directions with Maps 170

Explore with Maps 172

Part III Enjoying the Internet

Chapter 10 Using iCloud Online Services

Explore iCloud 176

Set Up an iCloud Account on Your MacBook Air 178

Access iCloud via a Web Browser 180

Sync Information Across Your Devices with iCloud 182

Using iCloud Photo Stream 184

Using iCloud to Store Documents Online 186

Secure Your Passwords with iCloud Keychain 188

Chapter 11 Surfing the Web

Explore Safari 190

Navigate to Websites 192

Search the Web 196

Download Files 198

Browse the Web with Tabs 200

Set and Organize Bookmarks 202

Using and Setting Top Sites 206

Using AutoFill to Quickly Complete Web Forms 208

Save or Share Web Pages 210

Using the Reading List 212

Set Safari Preferences 214

Chapter 12 E-Mailing with Mail

Explore Mail 216

Set Up E-Mail Accounts 218

Read and Reply to E-Mail 220

Send E-Mail 222

Work with Files Attached to E-Mail 224

Attach Files to E-Mail 225

Organize E-Mail 226

Search E-Mail 228

Reduce Spam 230

Create and Use E-Mail Signatures 232

Create E-Mail Rules 234

Set Mail Preferences 236

Chapter 13 Communicating in Real Time

Chat with FaceTime 238

Explore Messages 240

Configure Messages Accounts 242

Chat with Text 244

Chat with Audio 246

Chat with Video 248

Add Effects and Backgrounds to Video Chats 250

Share Documents via Messages 251

Share Desktops with Others 252

Communicate with Twitter 254

Part IV Taking MacBook Air Further

Chapter 14 Printing on Paper or Electronically

Understanding Printers 258

Install and Configure a USB Printer 260

Install and Configure a Network Printer 262

Print to Paper 264

Print to PDF 266

Chapter 15 Managing Contacts

Explore the Contacts Window 268

Add a Contact Manually 270

Work with vCards 272

Find Contact Information 274

Create a Group of Contacts 276

Using Contact Cards and Groups 278

Change or Delete Contact Cards or Groups 280

Print Envelopes and Contact Lists 282

Chapter 16 Managing Calendars

Explore Calendar 284

Create a Calendar 285

Add an Event to a Calendar 286

Schedule and Manage Events with Other People 288

Share Calendars with Other People 290

Work with Shared Calendars 292

Configure Calendar Preferences 294

Print Calendars 296

Explore Reminders 298

Create a Reminder 299

Chapter 17 Maintaining a MacBook Air and Solving Problems

Keep App Store Software Current 300

Maintain and Update Applications Not from the App Store 302

Profile Your MacBook Air 303

Monitor Your MacBook Air Activity 304

Maintain or Repair the Drive on Your MacBook Air 306

Back Up with Time Machine and an External Hard Drive 308

Back Up Wirelessly with a Time Capsule 312

Restore Files with Time Machine 314

Troubleshoot and Solve MacBook Air Problems 316

Chapter 18 Enjoying Music and Video with iTunes

Explore iTunes 320

Explore the iTunes Store 322

Obtain an iTunes Store Account 323

Understanding the iTunes Library 324

Browse or Search for iTunes Content 326

Play Music in Albums View 328

Play Music with the MiniPlayer 329

Listen to Audio Content 330

Watch Movies and TV Shows 331

Add Audio CD Content to the iTunes Library 332

Buy Music and More from the iTunes Store 334

Subscribe and Listen to Podcasts 340

Copy iTunes Content from Other Computers 342

Create a Genius Playlist 344

Create a Standard Playlist 346

Create a Smart Playlist 348

Chapter 19 Using iPhones, iPods, and iPads with Your MacBook Air

Understanding How iOS Devices Work with Macs 350

Using iTunes to Sync Music with Your iOS Device 352

Using iTunes to Manage Apps on Your iOS Device 354

Using Photo Stream to Sync Photos with iOS 356

Using iCloud to Sync Documents on iOS Devices 357

Index 358

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