Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook

Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook

by Guy Hart-Davis


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The visual learner’s ultimate guide to the MacBook and macOS High Sierra

Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook is your ultimate guide to getting up and running quickly with your new MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air! Whether you’re new to computers or transitioning from a PC, this graphics-heavy guide will show you everything you need to know to get the most out of your new laptop. Clear, step-by-step instructions walk you through each task, with screenshots that help you follow along with confidence. You’ll learn how to manage files, work with macOS software, organize photos and media, set up email, access the internet, and adjust settings and preferences to make your MacBook work the way you work. You’ll also explore the features that bring computing to a whole new level, including iCloud, FaceTime, the App Store, and so much more!

The Mac has long inspired a legion of loyal fans, and you’re about to find out why. From sleek design to intuitive interface, to an OS that just works, Apple has cornered the market on the high-end computing experience. The MacBook makes sublime computing portable, and this book shows you how to take advantage of all that your MacBook has to offer.

  • Get acquainted with the latest macOS version and its new features
  • Perform everyday tasks quickly and easily
  • Customize preferences and settings to suit your needs
  • Download new apps, video chat, save to the cloud, and much more!

No confusing tech-speak, no vague instructions, and no complex tangents into obscure tasks. This friendly guide is packed with screenshots, easy-to-follow instructions, and a practical sensibility; you’re not launching the space shuttle, you just want to open your email. If you’re ready to explore all that your MacBook can do, Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook is your ideal companion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119463900
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Series: Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech) Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 587,254
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Guy Hart-Davis (Barnard Castle, UK) is the author of more than 100 computing books, including Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac, Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPhone, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPad. He also writes about PCs, Windows, Linux, and VBA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Your MacBook

Understanding the MacBook Models 4

Set Up Your MacBook 8

Start Your MacBook and Log In 12

Explore the macOS Desktop 14

Point and Click with the Trackpad 18

Connect to a Wireless Network 20

Give Commands 22

Open, Close, and Manage Windows 24

Using Notifications 26

Put Your MacBook to Sleep and Wake It Up 28

Log Out, Shut Down, and Resume 30

Chapter 2 Configuring Your MacBook

Change the Desktop Background 34

Set Up a Screen Saver 36

Configure Energy Saver and Sleep Settings 38

Customize the Dock 40

Add or Remove Desktop Spaces 42

Create Hot Corners to Control Screen Display 44

Make the Screen Easier to See 46

Configure the Keyboard 48

Configure the Trackpad or Other Pointing Device 50

Configure iCloud Settings 52

Add a Second Display 54

Using an Apple TV and HDTV as an Extra Display 56

Set Up Your Social Networking Accounts 58

Connect External Devices 60

Explore Other Important Settings 62

Chapter 3 Sharing Your MacBook with Others

Create a User Account 66

Configure Your MacBook for Multiple Users 68

Share Your MacBook with Fast User Switching 70

Turn On Parental Controls for an Account 72

Control What Apps a User Can Run 74

Limit Website Access for a User 76

Set Store Restrictions and Time Limits 78

Choose Privacy Restrictions for a User 80

Apply Other Restrictions to a User 82

Review a User's Actions 84

Chapter 4 Running Apps

Open an App and Quit It 88

Install an App from the App Store 90

Install an App from a Disc or the Internet 92

Run an App Full Screen 94

Run Apps at Login 96

Using Split View 98

Switch Quickly Among Apps 100

Switch Apps Using Mission Control 102

Set Up Dictation and Speech 104

Using Dictation and Speech 106

Configure and Invoke Siri 108

Perform Tasks with Siri 110

Remove Apps 112

Identify Problem Apps 114

Force a Crashed App to Quit 116

Revert to an Earlier Version of a Document 118

Using Dashboard 120

Configure Dashboard 122

Chapter 5 Managing Tour Files and Folders

Understanding Where to Store Files 126

Using the Finder's Views 128

Work with Finder Tabs 130

View a File with Quick Look 132

Search for a File or Folder 134

Control Which Folders Spotlight Searches 136

Create a New Folder 138

Copy a File 140

Move a File 142

Rename a File or Folder 144

View the Information About a File or Folder 146

Organize Your Files with Tags 148

Compress Files 150

Using the Trash 152

Customize the Finder Toolbar 154

Customize the Sidebar 156

Configure Finder Preferences 158

Chapter 6 Surfing the Web

Open a Web Page 162

Follow a Link to a Web Page 163

Open Several Web Pages at Once 164

Navigate Among Web Pages 166

Return to a Recently Visited Page 168

Play Music and Videos on the Web 170

Change Your Home Page 172

Create Bookmarks for Web Pages 174

Using Reader View and Reading List 176

Find Interesting Web Pages 178

Download a File 180

Configure Safari for Security and Privacy 182

Chapter 7 Sending and Receiving E-Mail

Set Up Your E-Mail Accounts 188

Send an E-Mail Message 190

Send an E-Mail Message Using Stationery 192

Receive and Read Your Messages 194

Reply To a Message 196

Forward a Message 198

Send a File via E-Mail 200

Receive a File via E-Mail 202

View E-Mail Messages by Conversations 204

Reduce the Amount of Spam You Receive 206

Chapter 8 Chatting and Calling

Set Up Messages and Choose Preferences 210

Chat with a Buddy 212

Send and Receive Files with Messages 214

Sign In to FaceTime and Set Preferences 216

Make and Receive FaceTime Calls 218

Configure and Use Handoff with Your iPhone 220

Chapter 9 Organizing Your Life

Navigate the Calendar App 224

Create a New Calendar 226

Create an Event 228

Share an iCloud Calendar with Other People 230

Subscribe to a Shared Calendar 232

Add Someone to Your Contacts 234

Change a Contact's Information 236

Organize Contacts into Groups 238

Create Notes 240

Track Your Commitments with Reminders 244

Get Directions 248

Explore with 3D Flyovers in Maps 250

Chapter 10 Enjoying Music, Video, and Books

Add Your Music to iTunes 254

Set Up Home Sharing 256

Buy Songs Online 258

Play Songs 260

Play Videos 262

Create Playlists 264

Create Smart Playlists 266

Listen to Apple Radio and Internet Radio 268

Enjoy Podcasts 270

Read Books 272

Chapter 11 Making the Most of Your Photos

Import Photos 276

Browse Your Photos 278

Select Photos from Bursts 284

Crop a Photo 286

Rotate or Straighten a Photo 288

Remove Red-Eye 290

Improve a Photo's Colors 292

Add Filters to Photos 294

Create Photo Albums. 296

Create and Play Slide Shows 298

Identify People in Photos 302

E-Mail a Photo 304

Take Photos or Movies of Yourself 306

Chapter 12 Networking and Protecting Your MacBook

Transfer Files Using AirDrop 310

Connect to a Shared Folder 312

Share a Folder 314

Connect to a Shared or Network Printer 316

Share Your MacBook's Printer 318

Connect Remotely via Back to My Mac 320

Turn Off Automatic Login 324

Enable and Configure the Firewall 326

Choose Privacy Settings 328

Install and Use Antivirus Software 330

Recognize and Avoid Phishing Attacks 332

Chapter 13 Troubleshooting Your MacBook

Using the macOS Help System 336

Reclaim Space by Emptying the Trash 338

Keep Your MacBook Current with Updates 340

Control Checking for Software Updates 342

Back Up Your Files 344

Recover Files from Backup 346

Recover When macOS Crashes 348

Troubleshoot Corrupt Preference Files 350

Run First Aid from Within macOS 352

Run First Aid from macOS Utilities 354

Reinstall macOS to Solve Severe Problems 356

Index 358

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