Macs for Dummies: 7th edition

Macs for Dummies: 7th edition

by David Pogue

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Macs for Dummies: 7th edition by David Pogue

Buying a Mac neatly eliminates most of the hassle, frustration, and annoyance that normally comes with buying a computer. In addition, the modern Macintosh model has everything you need built in: a modem, a CD-ROM, and a glorious color screen (built into every model except Power Macs). Selling a complete computer in one handy bundle isn’t a new idea – but rarely has it all worked together so smoothly.

If the Mac is so simple, then who needs a book about it? Well, despite all the free goodies you get with the Mac, a manual isn’t among them. You need somewhere to go when things go wrong or when you want to know what the add-on software does. Macs For Dummies, 7th Edition, is the resource to turn to. This information-packed book is for

  • Aspiring or experienced graphic artists
  • The computer newbie who wants to get to know the Mac
  • The regular Mac user who want to explore the newest features and applications
  • The computer user who is switching from a Windows-based PC to the Mac
  • Anyone who is tired of battling PC viruses (there is only one known virus – easily avoided –  that affects Macs!)

Macs For Dummies, 7th Edition, is your complete guide to the Mac. Find out how to make movies with iMovie ; build a database with AppleWorks 6; or go wireless with the AirPort Card. Following is a hit list of just some of the things you’ll find in this book:

  • Understanding windows, icons, and folders
  • Getting fast with keyboard shortcuts
  • Hooking up a printer, scanner, digital camera, or PalmPilot
  • Making your way onto the Internet
  • Having fun with e-mail
  • Making your laptop battery last
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Getting familiar with Mac OS X

David Pogue is a Macworld magazine columnist and author of six For Dummies books. His Macs For Dummies, 6th Edition, is the #1 best-selling Mac book in 19 languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764507038
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/05/2000
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.46(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

David Pogue is a Macworld magazine columnist and author of six For Dummies® books. His Macs® For Dummies®, 6th Edition, is the #1 bestselling Mac book in 19 languages.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
How to Turn on Your Mac (and What to Do Next)

(The online version of this chapter has been abridged.)

Top Ten Similarities between You and Your Mac

Before you move boldly forward to the next chapter, ponder the following frightening similarities between you and your computer.

  1. Both weigh between 5 and 15 pounds when first displayed in public.

  2. Both have feet on the bottom.

  3. Both have slots to provide adequate ventilation.

  4. Both react to the movement of a nearby mouse.

  5. Both sometimes crash when asked to do too much at once.

  6. Both have a central button.

  7. Both light up when turned on.

  8. Both occasionally enjoy a good CD.

  9. Both may be connected to a phone line for days at a time.

  10. With considerable effort, both may be made to work with IBM computers.

(The online version of this chapter has been abridged.)

Table of Contents


PART I: For the Absolute Mac Virgin.

Chapter 1: How to Turn On Your Mac (and What to Do Next).

Chapter 1 : High-Tech Made Easy.

Chapter 2: Windows, Icons, and Trashes.

Chapter 3: Actually Accomplishing Something.

Chapter 4: Typing, Saving, and Finding Again.

Chapter 5: A Quiet Talk about Printers, Printing, and Fonts.

PART II: The Internet Defanged.

Chapter 6: Faking Your Way onto America Online and the Internet.

Chapter 7: The Weird Wide Web.

Chapter 8: E-mail for He-males and Females.

PART III: Software Competence.

Chapter 9: Word, Palm Desktop, and iMovie.

Chapter 10: A Whole Big Chapter on AppleWorks 6.

Chapter 11: Pix Tricks: Graphic Nonviolence.

Chapter 12: System Folder: Trash Barge of the Mac.

PART IV: Toward a New, Nerdier You.

Chapter 13: Great Material that Didn't Quite Fit the Outline.

Chapter 14: USB, Ethernet, AirPort, and Other Impressive Connections.

Chapter 15: The Book of iBook and PowerBook.

PART V: Beyond Point and-Click.

Chapter 16: When Bad Things Happen to Good Macs.

Chapter 17: The Problem-Solving Cookbook.

Chapter 18: Mac OS X: The Mainframe in All of Us.

Chapter 19: Beyond the Mac: Where to Go from Here.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten More Gadgets to Buy and Plug In.

Chapter 21: Ten Cool Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do.

PART VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: How to Buy (and Set Up) a Mac.

Appendix B: The Resource Resource.


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