The Mac OS X Panther is incredibly full-featured. Chances are, you don’t fully appreciate all the shortcuts and timesaving options you have right at your fingertips. Mac OS X Panther Timesaving Techniques For Dummies gets you up to speed fast with over 60 timesaving techniques! While it includes keyboard shortcuts to expedite basic tasks, it goes further and shows you how to customize your Mac so it works faster for the way you work and the types of things you work on. Step-by-step instructions help you:
- Perfect your keyboard and mouse navigation techniques, so you can get where you want to go faster
- Use keyboard shortcuts and create shortcuts of your own
- Customize the Finder, Windows, and the Dock
- Handle files, aliases, favorites, and icons so you always know what’s what and what’s where
- Get proficient and efficient with Safari and Internet Explorer Web browsers, searches, e-mail, and more
Mac OS X Panther Timesaving Techniques For Dummies was written by Larry Ullman, and Marc Liyanage. Larry is the Director of Digital Media Technologies at DMC Insights, Inc., author of four other computer books, and an obsessive Mac tinkerer. Marc is a senior software engineer at FutureLAB AG. He has programmed Macs professionally for 15 years and writes Cocoa software for fun! (No, you probably don’t need to know what that is, but if you want to, you’ll find it in the book.) With an easy style and lots of screen shots, they show you how to:
- Make the most of multimedia
- Take advantage of services—at least a dozen handy little tools available in many of your applications like the Grab utility for taking screen shots and Mail Services
- Save time online with AutoFill forms
- Make the most of iChat, for communicating with your buddies and iTunes for managing your music collection
- Use iPhoto to manage your digital library, create photo albums, present photographs online, edit images, and more
- Configure and use Rendezvous to network computers and devices, locate people in iChat, listen to other music collections in iTunes, and more
- Have your computer and your cell phone talk to each other using Bluetooth wireless communications
Mac OS X Panther Timesaving Techniques For Dummies covers topics from A (ACC file format) to Z (Zingg application, contextual menus), literally. The index is 20 pages, with three columns to a page. That’s a lot of tips! You pick and choose the ones to use—the ones that will save you time and help you make the most of the features and options of Mac OS X Panther.
About the Author
Larry Ullman, the Director of Digital Media Technologies at DMC Insights, Inc., has been working with Apple computers for more than 20 years.
Marc Liyanage, a senior software engineer at futureLAB AG, has been using and programming Apple computers for 15 years.
Table of Contents
Part I: Starting, Stopping, and Running Your Mac Faster.
Technique 1: Installing Panther without the Hassle.
Technique 2: Starting Up with Speed.
Technique 3: Running Panther Faster.
Technique 4: When Good Applications Go Bad.
Technique 5: Logging Out and Shutting Down.
Part II: Optimizing Your Interface.
Technique 6: Working with Displays.
Technique 7: Speedy Keyboard Navigation.
Technique 8: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts.
Technique 9: A Faster Finder.
Technique 10: Customizing Windows for Your Convenience.
Technique 11: Establishing an Efficient Dock.
Technique 12: Saving Steps with Contextual Menus.
Technique 13: Easily Managing Windows with Exposé.
Part III: Handling Files (And Other Stuff) Quickly.
Technique 14: Organizing Your Home Directory.
Technique 15: Managing Aliases, Favorites, and Icons.
Technique 16: Managing Information Effectively.
Technique 17: Working with Files.
Technique 18: Finding Files in the Finder.
Technique 19: Slimming Down Your Hard Drive.
Part IV: Improving Application Performance.
Technique 20: Managing Applications.
Technique 21: Launching Applications Fast.
Technique 22: Switching, Hiding, and Quitting Applications.
Technique 23: Opening Files Faster.
Technique 24: Saving and Printing Files.
Technique 25: Cut, Copy, Paste.
Technique 26: Managing Fonts.
Technique 27: Getting to Know Services.
Part V: Cranking Up Your Internet Activities.
Technique 28: Surfing with Safari.
Technique 29: Surfing with Other Browsers.
Technique 30: Managing Bookmarks Better.
Technique 31: Speedy Searches with Google.
Technique 32: Searching the Internet with Other Tools.
Technique 33: Mastering Mail.
Technique 34: Stopping Spam in Its Tracks.
Technique 35: Innovative iChat.
Part VI: Optimizing Your Network.
Technique 36: Getting Your Mac Online.
Technique 37: The Wonderful World of Wireless Networking.
Technique 38: Sharing the Wealth with Rendezvous.
Technique 39: Share the Love: Sharing Files, Printers, and More.
Technique 40: Network Security.
Technique 41: Your Guide to .Mac: $100 Well Spent.
Part VII: Fast and Furious Multimedia.
Technique 42: iTunes: Rockin’ in the (Partially) Free World.
Technique 43: Working with iPhoto.
Technique 44: Staying on Schedule with iCal.
Technique 45: Snapping Screenshots Fast.
Technique 46: Working with CDs and DVDs.
Technique 47: Getting More Than Music out of Your iPod.
Part VIII: Security and Maintenance.
Technique 48: Better Backups with rsync and .Mac.
Technique 49: Battling Viruses.
Technique 50: Keeping Your Software Up-to-Date.
Technique 51: Securing Files.
Technique 52: Proper Password Policy.
Technique 53: Useful Utilities.
Part IX: The Scary Or Fun Stuff.
Technique 54: Controlling Cellphones with Bluetooth.
Technique 55: The Terminal, the Finder, and You.
Technique 56: Managing and Finding Files Fast.
Technique 57: Piping and Redirecting Output with the Terminal.
Technique 58: Viewing and Editing Text Files.
Technique 59: Customizing Your Terminal.
Technique 60: AppleScript and You.
Technique 61: Entertaining Yourself with Screen Savers.