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No other author documents the Mac OS the way Robin Williams does. In The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Jaguar Edition updated to include Mac OS X 10.2, she brings her inimitable approach to Apple's radically redesigned OS, eschewing jargon for straightforward explanations and a good dose of humor. It's an approach that works equally as well for newcomers looking for a gentle introduction to the Macintosh as it does for experienced Mac users upgrading to Mac OS X 10.2.

This practical, how-to guide covers all of the exciting new features in Mac OS X 10.2, including the revamped Finder, new instant messaging client, global address book, spam-blocking email program, QuickTime 6, Sherlock 3, and more. Robin doesn't neglect the basics either. You'll find logical, easy-to-follow sections on how to use your Mac for a variety of everyday tasks: printing, sending email, exchanging files, and surfing the Web. And for those frustrating moments When Things Go Wrong, Robin has compiled a troubleshooting guide for common Mac snafus. See for yourself why Robin's books have won her millions of fans.

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For most of two decades, Robin Williams has been helping folks get comfortable with their Macs -- and use those Macs in the spirit in which they were intended (i.e., have fun with them). Her light touch and wonderfully clear teaching made The Mac Is Not a Typewriter and The Little Mac Book instant classics way back in the late ’80s. They’ve each gone through several bestselling editions since; The Little Mac Book’s been translated into 14 languages.

Well, along comes Mac OS X -- and, now, Jaguar. You can’t possibly call Jaguar “little.” So Robin Williams has gone back to work. In The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Jaguar Edition, she’s written her biggest Mac book ever -- a splendid guide to the core Mac OS X 10.2 operating system, and the Mac experience.

New to OS X? There’s no friendlier introduction to finding your way around: what you’ll see, what it means, what to do, and how to get where you want. Like the rest of the book, this introduction is packed with well-annotated photos that make things even easier. Right up front, there’s also a quick one-chapter tutorial based on Williams’s expert live seminars.

Williams makes things even easier for Mac novices by placing gray “dictionary-style” tabs at the edges of every page that covers “beginner” features. If you’re the systematic type, you can learn the Mac from scratch simply by hopping from one gray page to the next. (Systematic types will also like the quick end-of-chapter quizzes -- as will Mac instructors and students.) With Williams’s help, you won’t stay a beginner long. And that’s when the book really hits its stride.

Williams gives you fast answers for nearly every nook and cranny of Mac OS X 10.2. Setting up multiple users. Downloading and installing software. (You’ve probably seen .sit, .hqx, and .bin files, but what are all these .dmg, .img., and .smi files)? Customizing your system. (If you have an always-on broadband connection, you can tell your Mac to check the system time against an Internet-based time server, so it’s always correct.) Using Aliases and Favorites. (Doing most of your work in one folder this week? Why not make it a Favorite?)

There’s an excellent introduction to fonts for newbies (with detailed information on the technical changes in OS X font management for graphics professionals). Williams next covers Mac applications, including Acrobat Reader, AppleScript, Calculator, Chess, Clock, QuickTime Player, Sherlock, and so forth; and utilities (troubleshooting, Java, AirPort, and so forth.

Need a quick screen capture? Use Grab. Trying to keep track of a zillion passwords? Use Keychain -- which this book explains especially well. Of course, there’s a full section on the Internet: Web, email, and chat. (And we can’t avoid mentioning John Tollett’s great “Url Ratz” cartoons, which perfectly match the spirit and attitude of the book.)

At nearly 800 oversize pages, this book’s about as big as it can get without getting clunky. Mac OS X is even bigger than that, though. So Williams had to move most of her iApps coverage to a new companion book, The Little Mac iApps Book. Other than that, though, you’ll learn all the Mac techniques you’re ever likely to need -- and it’ll never, ever feel like work. 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321169662
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Series: Robin Williams Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 808
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Williams is the author of more than 20 best-selling and award-winning books, including The Little Mac Book, The Non-Designer's Design Book, The Non-Designer's Web Book, and Robin Williams Design Workshop and Web Design Workshop. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the World Wide Web.

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Table of Contents



1. Finding your Way Around.

2. An Easy Tutorial.


3. All About the Mouse (or Trackpad).

4. Keys and the Keyboard.

5. Menus and Shortcuts.

6. How to use the Windows.

7. All About Icons.

8. All About Using the Dock.

9. The Desktop, Finder, and Home.

10. How to Use Folders.

11. Selecting, Moving, and Copying Files.

12. Opening Applications and Documents.

13. Word Processing (Typing).

14. Saving Your Documents.

15. Printing Your Documents.

16. Closing and Quitting.

17. Trashing Files.

18. Ejecting Disks.

19. Shut Down, Restart, or Log Out.


20. Multiple Users and Their Homes.

21. Downloading and Installing.

22. Customizing Your Mac with System Preferences.

23. Using Aliases.

24. Making and Using Favorites.

25. Search your Hard Disk.

26. Fonts on your Mac.

27. Applications on your Mac.

28. Utilities on your Mac.


29. What is the Internet?

30. Using the World Wide Web.

31. Using the World Wide Web (includes Sherlock).

32. Email and Address Book.

33. Ichat.


34. How to Share Files with Multiple Users on One Computer.

35. How to Share Files in a Small Office or Home.

36. How to Share Files Across the Internet.


37. Ports and Peripherals.

38. Reformatting and Partitions.

39. Using the Classic Environment (Mac OS 9).


For Experienced Mac OS 9 Users: Where'd it Go!

Special Characters and Accent Marks.

Zapf Dingbats Chars.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    A Great Book for New users, Updaters, and Switchers

    Robin has a talent for making esoteric technical subjects engaging and readable if not entertaining. In spite of its length, this is a quick read filled with examples and appropriate for new users of OS X, updaters to OS X from the classic Mac OS, and even switchers from the "other" platform. It is very appropriate for the less technically oriented users, but has enough depth to be worthwhile for almost anyone. This is the book I recommend to all my non-technical friends and send to members of my family that are too far away to provide hands on support.

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