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Overview

This book delivers a state-of-the-art, customized Snow Leopard learning experience to every user. It integrates outstanding step-by-step guidance and real-life examples with easy-to-use online content - including how-to screencasts, instructor videos, podcasts, and more. Leading computer trainer Yvonne Johnson covers everything you want to know and do with Snow Leopard. What's more, she carefully explains the "why" as well as the "how," so you understand more and get productive faster. Johnson walks beginning-to-intermediate Snow Leopard users through all this, and more:: " Getting comfortable with Snow Leopard, tailoring the desktop, and managing files and applications " Making the most of Snow Leopard's web and productivity applications, including Safari, Mail, iCal, and Address Book " Using the Mac's easy, powerful creativity tools, including iPhoto and iMovie " Keeping Macs safe and up-to-date This book's easy step-by-step instructions give beginners a solid foundation for using Snow Leopard, and its tightly-linked online content expands on these basics - offering bonus practical advice, tips, suggestions, activities, and advanced techniques.

  • The next best thing to live, one-on-one Snow Leopard personal instruction, without the cost!
  • Packed with real-life examples and step-by-step guidance from one of the world's most experienced computer trainers
  • Covers everything you want to do - from creativity to productivity to security
  • Integrated with online how-to screencasts, instructor videos, and podcasts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789743268
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 5/21/2010
  • Series: Using Series
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Johnson has been writing computer books and teaching computer classes since 1982. She has written more than 60 computer books and college texts for well-known publishers on practically every type of software that exists–from operating systems to desktop publishing, from word processing and spreadsheets to databases, from programming to graphic design and web design. Her most recent Mac projects include doing the technical editing for Easy iLife 09 (Que) and Switching to Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Pearson Education).

She started the first proprietary computer-training school in Kentucky and operated it for 12 years, serving local clients such as Brown & Williamson Tobacco and General Electric, and sending out trainers to locations all over the country for the Department of Defense, the IRS, and Fortune 500 companies. During that time, she wrote the curricula for all the software programs taught at the school. After selling the school, she worked as a freelance computer curriculum developer, writing a large percent of the curricula offered by a national computer-training company headquartered in Chicago. She also wrote computer-training material and trained extensively for a computer-training and consulting subsidiary of the Washington Post. Ultimately, she took the position of Vice President of Curriculum Development with this company.

Although she has a tremendous depth and breadth of computer knowledge, she has never forgotten how to communicate with beginning learners. She is known for the simplicity of her writing and her ability to explain complex topics in understandable terms. This ability comes from years of delivering classroom training on computer applications to thousands of employees of large and small businesses, military and government personnel, teachers, attorneys, secretaries, and, yes, even Microsoft software support engineers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix

Part I: Introducing Mac OS X Snow Leopard

1 Setting Up Snow Leopard 2

Initializing a New Computer 2

Following the Prompts 3

Selecting the Language 3

Selecting a Keyboard Layout 5

Importing Data 7

Selecting the Network 8

Registering the Mac 8

Answering Demographic Questions 9

Creating Your User Account 9

Purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan 12

Purchasing a MobileMe Account 13

Keeping Records 14

Recording Apple ID Information 15

Recording User Account Information 15

Recording AppleCare Protection Plan Information 16

Recording MobileMe Information 17

Upgrading to Snow Leopard 17

Troubleshooting the Installation 20

Settling In 20

2 Getting Comfortable with Snow Leopard 21

Starting Up 21

Exploring the Desktop 21

Using the Dock 23

Launching Applications 23

Quitting Applications 24

Checking Out the Dashboard 4

Looking at Stacks 26

Going through the Trash 28

Using Menus 28

Using the Menu Bar 29

Using Contextual Menus 31

Exploring the Finder Window 32

Identifying Components of the Finder Window 32

Exploring the Sidebar 34

Using the Icon View 36

Using the List View 36

Using the Column View 37

Using the Cover Flow View 38

Observing the Default Behavior of the Finder 39

Launching Safari for the First Time 39

Sharing Your Computer with Another User 41

Setting Up Another User Account 41

Setting Up a Guest Account 44

Deleting a User Account 44

Logging In and Out 45

Putting Your Mac to Sleep or Shutting It Down 46

Putting the Mac to Sleep 47

Shutting Down 47

3 Getting Familiar with Your Hardware 49

Controlling the Screen Brightness 49

Adjusting the Sound 50

Using the Keyboard to Adjust Sound 50

Setting Sound Preferences 50

Setting Keyboard Preferences 52

Setting the Full Keyboard Access Option 52

Setting Keyboard Preferences for a Laptop 53

Operating the Mouse or Trackpad 53

Using the Mouse 53

Setting Mouse Preferences 53

Using the Trackpad 54

Setting Trackpad Preferences 55

Using CD/DVD Drives 56

Inserting and Ejecting Discs 56

Setting Preferences for CDs and DVDs 57

Using External Drives 58

Connecting a Drive 59

Ejecting a Drive 59

Installing and Managing Printers 59

Connecting and Using a Printer 59

Setting a Default Printer 61

Setting Up a Simple Network 62

4 Tailoring the Desktop to Your Liking 63

Setting System Preferences 63

Customizing the Desktop Background 65

Working with Icons on the Desktop 67

Showing Icons for Disks 67

Adding and Deleting Icons on the Desktop 68

Arranging Icons 69

Customizing the Appearance of Icons on the Desktop 70

Customizing the Appearance of the Dock 71

Positioning and Sizing the Dock 72

Animating the Dock 73

Working with Stacks 73

Working with Icons in the Dock 74

Deleting Icons in the Dock 74

Adding Application Icons 75

Adding Folder and File Icons 75

Moving Icons 76

Customizing the Finder 76

Customizing the Finder Toolbar 76

Customizing the Menu Bar 77

Setting Date & Time Preferences 78

Setting the Mac’s Date, Time, and Time Zone 79

Customizing the Clock 80

Setting the Date and Time Formats 81

Using a Screen Saver 82

5 Making Use of Support Resources 85

Using Help on the Mac 85

Navigating the Help Files 86

Sizing the Help Window 89

Using the Index 89

Using Apple’s Online Support 90

Going to the Apple Support Page 91

Searching 92

Refining Search Techniques 93

Using Advanced Search 93

Searching the Web for Help 94

Getting Help from Apple Discussion Forums 95

Talking to an Apple Expert 95

Getting Help One to One 96

Visiting the Genius Bar 97

Getting Free Training 98

Using Online Training 98

Taking a Free Workshop 98

6 Managing Applications and Files 99

Handling Open Applications 99

Resizing and Moving Windows 99

Minimizing Windows 100

Closing Windows 100

Switching Between Windows on the Desktop 101

Using Expose 101

Using Spaces 102

Forcing an Application to Quit 103

Installing Applications 104

Exploring the File Structure 104

Adapting the Finder to Your Use 107

Customizing the Sidebar 107

Setting the Default View 108

Creating Different Types of Folders 109

Creating New Folders 109

Creating Smart Folders 111

Working with Files 112

Finding Files 112

Using Color Labels 112

Using Spotlight in the Finder 112

Using Spotlight in the Menu Bar 113

Using Quick Look 114

Opening and Closing Files 115

Renaming Files and Folders 116

Opening Multiple Finder Windows 116

Copying Files 117

Moving Files 118

Moving Files to the Trash (Deleting) 119

Part II: Getting Busy

7 Browsing the Web 121

Opening Safari 121

Setting Safari Preferences 121

Using Top Sites 123

Setting Parental Controls 123

Browsing in Tabs or Windows 124

Navigating the Web 125

Working with Bookmarks 127

Bookmarking a Web Page 127

Using a Bookmark 127

Organizing Bookmarks 128

Customizing the Bookmarks Bar 129

Harnessing the Power of Bookmarks 129

Downloading and Viewing Files 130

Saving Web Pages 130

Customizing Safari’s Toolbar 131

Quitting Safari 131

8 Keeping Your Address Book and Schedule 132

Using the Address Book 132

Customizing the Template 133

Creating Address Cards 134

Finding, Editing, and Deleting an Address Card 135

Working with Groups 136

Using iCal 136

Viewing, Navigating, and Printing the Calendar 137

Adding Events to the Calendar 139

Finding, Editing, and Deleting an Event 140

Creating a New Calendar 141

Creating To Do Lists 141

9 Emailing and Chatting Online 143

Using Mac Mail 143

Getting Set Up 143

Exploring the Mail Window 144

Viewing and Reading Email 145

Opening Attachments 147

Sending New Messages and Replies 148

Sending Attachments 152

Filtering Spam 153

Finding Messages 153

Deleting Messages 154

Organizing Your Messages 154

Working with Reminders 155

Quitting Mail 155

Using iChat 156

Opening iChat the First Time 156

Working with the Buddy List 157

Showing Your Status 158

Chatting with Text 159

Sending a Text Message 160

Chatting with Audio 160

Chatting with Video 161

Making Presentations with iChat Theater 161

Sharing Your Computer 162

Quitting iChat 162

10 Using TextEdit 163

Working with Documents 163

Navigating and Editing Text 166

Navigating in a Document 166

Editing Text 166

Correcting Spelling 167

Finding and Replacing Text 167

Inserting Page Breaks 168

Setting Margins and Tabs 168

Setting the Margins 169

Setting Tabs 170

Formatting Text 170

Adding Emphasis 171

Selecting a Font Type and Size 172

Formatting Paragraphs 172

Setting Alignment 172

Setting Spacing Options 172

Exploring Other Formatting Features 173

Printing 174

11 Managing and Editing Your Photos 175

Setting Up iPhoto 175

Importing Photos and Movies 176

Viewing Photos 179

Increasing the Photo Size on Screen 181

Viewing Photos in a Simple Slideshow 181

Viewing, Changing, and Adding Photo Information 183

Viewing Information for Photos 183

Changing Photo Information 185

Using Keywords 186

Assigning Ratings 187

Viewing and Changing Information for Events 187

Sorting Photos 189

Exploring Methods to Organize Photos 190

Splitting, Merging, and Creating Events 190

Copying, Deleting, and Moving Photos 192

Organizing by People’s Faces 192

Organizing by Place 195

Flagging Photos 197

Collecting Pictures in Photo Albums 198

Searching for Photos 199

Editing Photos 199

Sharing Photos with Others 202

Emailing Photos 202

Putting Photos on a Disc 203

Printing Photos 204

Sharing Photos Online 205

12 Using Widgets and Other Applications 206

Using Widgets 206

Managing Widgets 206

Downloading More Widgets 208

Creating Your Own Web Clip Widget 208

Using Preview 209

Consulting the Dictionary 211

Posting Stickies 212

Using the Calculator 214

13 Keeping Your Mac Safe, Updated, and Backed Up 216

Safely Surfing the Web 216

Exploring Security Settings 216

Using a Firewall 218

Working with the Keychain 218

Maintaining Your Mac Software 218

Getting Software Updates 219

Upgrading to New Versions of Mac Applications 220

Backing Up with Time Machine 220

Creating Full Backups 220

Restoring Data 221

Being Diligent 222

Part III: Having Fun and Getting Creative

14 Watching Movies, Listening to Music, and Playing Games 224

Watching Movies and Videos 224

Using DVD Player 224

Using Front Row 225

Using QuickTime Player 226

Attaching Your Mac to a TV 226

Listening to Music with iTunes 227

Adding Music to the Library 228

Creating and Using Playlists 229

Burning a Music CD 230

Listening to Radio 231

Listening to Music in Front Row 231

Acquiring and Playing Podcasts 231

Playing Games 232

15 Being Creative with Photos 233

Making Self-Portraits in Photo Booth 233

Taking Pictures and Movies 233

Sending Photos and Movies to iPhoto or Email 234

Creating and Exporting Slideshows 235

Designing and Publishing a Photo Book 237

Creating Other Keepsakes 241

Using Comic Life 243

16 Making Your Own Movies 244

Getting Started 244

Adding Video to the Events Library 246

Playing Clips in the Event Library 248

Creating and Playing a New Movie Project 248

Trimming and Splitting Clips 249

Adding Transitions between Clips 250

Adding Titles 251

Sharing and Exporting Movies 252

17 Making Your Own Audio Recordings 254

Getting Started 254

Creating a Magic GarageBand Project 255

Creating a Voice Project 256

Recording the Track 258

Playing the Recording 259

Adding and Deleting Tracks 259

Adding Loops 259

Exporting a Recording 260

18 Making Your Own DVDs 261

Getting Started 261

Creating a Magic iDVD Project 262

Enhancing a Project 264

Customizing Menu Buttons and Titles 264

Adding a Submenu 266

Configuring a New Submenu 266

Editing Drop Zones and Menu Backgrounds 267

Adding Sound to a Menu 267

Adding a ROM Section 267

Burning the Disc 268

19 Creating a Website 269

Opening iWeb and Creating a New Site 269

Designing the Site 271

Adding Pages 272

Hyperlinking to External Pages and Files 274

Moving and Deleting Pages 274

Editing Pages 274

Adding Graphics and Videos 274

Adding Your Own Text 275

Adding Special Buttons and Widgets 277

Deleting Web Page Elements 277

Publishing the Site 277

Index 279

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    To the Point

    This book gets down to business and leaves out much of the fluff found in many other beginner/intermediate books. As the author states in the Introduction, "Although the book is written for beginner-to-intermediate users. . . I waste no space on basic computer skills and knowledge that most pepole have." This book is all about using Mac OS X Snow Leopard. She stays in that space and covers the topic well. It's obvious that this book was written by a skilled trainer with a lot of courseware writing experience. She assumes the reader is not clueless and that the reader has limited time to get to the point.

    The author is a fairly recent Mac convert. That comes through with some interesting comments about how the OS performs and about Apple in general throughout the book. That's something I can identify with very well, which is perhaps a significant reason why I really enjoyed this book and was able to get a lot out of it.

    Within the book itself, you'll find shortcuts for both new and old Mac keyboards as well as preferences that are buried several layers deep within the Mac menus. If I'd had this book shortly after I'd purchased my Mac, I'd be even happier to have found out about all these shortcuts and preference settings. Changing tab preferences and keyboard illumination settings on a MacBook were ah-ha moments for me.

    If you are a longtime PC/Windows user, one of the most confusing things for you is likely the file system on your Mac and how to find files, downloads, and applications that you have installed. This book explains it well and in terms that make sense. Even the folx at the Apple Store didn't explain it this well when I asked them to go over it for me.

    The three sections of the book are well organized. She covers each (Introducing Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Getting Busy, and Having Fun and Getting Creative) with just the right amount of depth to get you through the basics and over the rough spots so that you can make the most of the OS and the included tools/applications. In each instance, I found the material to be correct and easy to understand.

    The publisher has provided access to additional material thru the web in this series of books. Beyond the traditional print version, once registered online, you'll have access to a web edition of the book as well. With that, you can treat the we edition as an extended version of Help. There's a plethora of additional online material available after registration including video tutorials (Show Me) and audio sidebars (Tell Me More). These are found throughout the book along with several timely and useful practical exercises (Let Me Try It). For these reasons alone, the book is worth the cost, because you've basically bought an online course at that point.

    The one thing that is missing from this book is mention of BootCamp or other methods of dual-booting to a Windows environment. Nor does it discuss operating in a mixed network with Macs and non-Mac machines. This is not a "Mac for Windows users" book, either. So, you won't find the author giving you comparisons about how something might be accomplished in Windows versus OS X Snow Leopard. That's not a bad thing. There are other books out there if you think you need that sort of assistance. This book focuses on how to use the OS and what's included out of the box and it does it in a manner and at a level most of us will appreciate.

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