MacBook For Dummies

MacBook For Dummies

by Mark L. Chambers


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MacBook For Dummies by Mark L. Chambers

Get the most out of your MacBook

Your new MacBook is sleek and powerful, and this down-to-earth guide makes it easier than ever to navigate, personalize, and maximize what it can help you accomplish. From taking it out of the box and turning it on for the first time to file storage and security, to downloading apps and working with iCloud, MacBook For Dummies helps you discover—all in one place—everything your laptop can do.

Ultra-light, ultra-fast, and ultra-powerful, the MacBook is the coolest laptop around, and longtime Mac guru Mark L. Chambers is just the guy you want showing you the ropes. Inside, he shows you how to navigate the Mac desktop, customize your settings, surf the web and set up email, hook into a network, transfer your important documents from another PC or Mac, and troubleshoot with ease. You'll also get the inside scoop on the fun stuff like FaceTime video calling, Messages, Reminders, photos, videos, music, the Mac App Store, and more.

  • Explore the new OS X
  • Be productive with Keynote and Pages
  • Get creative with Photos and iMovie
  • Find tips for maintenance and security

Whether you're a PC convert or a seasoned Apple enthusiast, this book helps you get the most of your magnificent MacBook!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119417255
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/29/2017
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 131,494
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mark L. Chambers has been an author, computer consultant, BBS sysop, programmer, and hardware technician for over 30 years. Mark has written more than thirty computer books including Macs For Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition, and iMac For Dummies, 9th Edition .

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Tie Myself Down with a Desktop? Preposterous! 7

Chapter 1: Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need 9

Chapter 2: Turning On Your Portable Powerhouse 33

Chapter 3: The MacBook Owner’s Introduction to OS X El Capitan 45

Part II: Shaking Hands with OS X El Capitan 87

Chapter 4: What’s New in OS X El Capitan? 89

Chapter 5: A Nerd’s Guide to System Preferences 97

Chapter 6: Sifting Through Your Stuff 117

Chapter 7: Using Reminders, Notes, Notifications, and Maps 127

Part III: Connecting and Communicating 139

Chapter 8: Let’s Go on Safari! 141

Chapter 9: iCloud Is Made for MacBooks 161

Chapter 10: Your Laptop Goes Multiuser 167

Chapter 11: Working Well with Networks 187

Part IV: Living the iLife 209

Chapter 12: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes 211

Chapter 13: Focusing on Photos 237

Chapter 14: Making Film History with iMovie 261

Chapter 15: Recording Your Hits with GarageBand 281

Part V: Getting Productive and Maintaining Your MacBook 299

Chapter 16: Desktop Publishing with Pages 301

Chapter 17: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers 313

Chapter 18: Building Presentations with Keynote 329

Chapter 19: When Good Mac Laptops Go Bad 341

Chapter 20: Adding New Stuff to Your Laptop 355

Chapter 21: Tackling the Housekeeping 367

Part VI: The Part of Tens 381

Chapter 22: Top Ten Laptop Rules to Follow 383

Chapter 23: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague 391

Index 399

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georgio55 More than 1 year ago
Having never used Mac previous to buying a MacBook Pro, we purchased this book, along with MacBook Pro portable genius. The dummies book is where I start to look when I want to know how to do something, the genius book is more complete and comprehensive. Between the two, we have been able to get over the hump and are now certified Apple freaks. Probably will be ditching my Microsoft based desktop next year and become a totally Apple based household. Like most "Dummies" books, it is a little short on content but long on organization.
Are you a laptop owner? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Mark L. Chambers Nancy C. Muir, has written the 6th edition of an outstanding book for himselfand, for every other Apple laptop owner who wants to become a laptop techno-wizard. Author Chambers, begins by introducing you to the hardware and all of the major parts of the Mac laptop. The author also familiarizes you with the initial chores you need to complete before settling in with your favorite applications. Then, he continues by introducing you to the basic elements of the El Capitan Desktop, and the resources available if you need help with OS X. The author then describes the new features that ship with the latest version of OS X. Next, he discusses the System Preferences window and the most commonly used settings within it. In addition, the author shows you how to use Spotlight like a MacBook power guru. He also demonstrates how you can remind, note, notify, and map like a mobile power user! Next, the author shows you how to use Safari. In addition, he researches all of the benefits of iCloud. Then, the author continues by showing you all of the step-by-step procedures, explanations, and tips to help you build a safe multiuser MacBook that’s accessible to everyone with clean hands. He then fills you in on all of the details you need to know to get MacBook hooked up to a new network. Next, the author leads you through all of the features of iTunes. In addition, he walks you through an overview of what Photos can do. Then, the author continues by showing you how to take stock of the iMovie window. He then explains everything you need to know to create your first song with GarageBand. Next, the author shows you how to set your inner designer free from the tedious constraints of word processing with desktop publishing with Pages! Then, he continues by demonstrating how the Numbers spreadsheet program can help you organize data and analyze important financial decisions for home and businesseverything from a household budget to your company’s sales statistics! The author then demonstrates how simple it is to build a stunning Keynote presentation. Next, he gives you a crash course in the logical puzzle that is computer troubleshooting: the art of finding out What Needs Fixing. Then, the author continues by describing what you can add to the innards of your computer; as well as, how to get inside there if you work up the courage to go exploring. He then demonstrates how you can make good use of every byte of storage space provided by your drive. Next, the author reminds you of ten of the most important rules every laptop owner should follow to prevent chaos and carnage while traveling. Finally, he fills in what you need to avoid like the plague. Each chapter in this excellent book is a reference for a specific hardware or software topic. In other words, you can begin reading this great book anywhere you like, because each chapter is self-contained.
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