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Switching to a Mac For Dummies

Switching to a Mac For Dummies

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By (author) Arnold Reinhold

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 25mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 111802446X
  • ISBN 13: 9781118024461
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: Mac OS X Lion ed
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 177,061

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Learn how to make the switch from PC to Mac a completely smooth transition The number of Mac users continues to increase significantly each year. If you are one of those people and are eager but also anxious about making the switch, then fear not! This friendly guide skips the jargon to deliver you an easy-to-read, understandable introduction to the Macintosh computer. Computer guru Arnold Reinhold walks you through the Mac OS, user interface, and icons. You'll learn how to set up your Mac, move your files from your PC to your Mac, switch applications, get your Mac online, network your Mac, secure your Mac, work with the iLife suite, troubleshoot common problems, and more. Dives in to helping you make the switch from PC to Mac as smooth and effortless as possible Walks you through the latest features of Mac OS X Lion to help you take advantage of all the cool things your Mac can do that you might not know about Offers clear instructions for working with the iLife applications, running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp, networking your Mac, and switching your family or your business to a Mac Shares essential advice for troubleshooting common problems and provides easy tips for keeping your Mac happy Switching to Mac For Dummies, Mac OS X Lion Edition is all you need to switch to a Mac and never look back!

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Arnold Reinhold has more than three decades of experience in the software industry. His first Apple product was a Mac 512. He has authored or coauthored numerous books, including Mac mini Hacks & Mods For Dummies , Green IT For Dummies , and Internet Quick Reference For Dummies .

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Using a Mac is easy. This guide makes switching easy too!Congratulations! You've decided to leave hassles behind and join the user-friendly, more secure community of Mac users. Consider this guide your welcome basket. It'll tell you what to expect, how to choose a Mac (if you haven't already), and howto make the switch a breeze. Discover cool new OS X Lion features, the Mac's handy built-in apps, and how to work the Mac way.Meet the family -- compare the MacBook Air(R), MacBook Pro, iMac(R), Mac Pro, and Mac miniI'm a Mac, and you're leaving a PC -- see what's alike and what's different, and learn to use Apple menus and the FinderCan I keep it? -- find out which peripherals will still work with your MacMoving day -- transfer your files, address book, and content stored on other mediaReady, set, connect -- set up your Internet service and e-mail application, and connect to your printer and other peripheralsGet an apptitude -- add apps from the Mac App Store; manage your music, photos, movies, and more with iTunes(R), iPhoto(R), and iMovie(R)Safety first -- learn what makes Macs safer and why strong passwords are still importantIf you just can't say goodbye -- see how to run Windows(R) on your MacOpen the book and find: How a Mac can simplify your lifeTips on keeping your Mac updated and secureWays to unleash your creativity with photos, audio, and videoAdvice on navigating with Launchpad and Mission ControlHelp with switching specialized software to your MacSpecial tips for seniors and parents of young kidsInstructions for Mac network and Wi-Fi setupHow to enjoy Facebook(R) and other social networking sitesLearn to: Choose the Mac that's right for youTransfer your files from Windows(R)Surf the web, send and receive e-mail, and make FaceTime video callsGet the most from Mac OS X Lion and create cool projects with the iLife suite

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Informed Switching Starts Here 7 Chapter 1: Why Switch? Demystifying the Mac Mantra 9 Chapter 2: Meet the Mac Family 23 Chapter 3: Deciding What to Buy 49 Part II: Making the Switch 83 Chapter 4: The Big Day: Setting Up Your Mac 85 Chapter 5: Mac OS X for Windows Users 99 Chapter 6: Moving Files from Your PC to the Mac 131 Chapter 7: Switching Applications 149 Part III: Connecting Hither and Yon 169 Chapter 8: Getting Your Mac Online 171 Chapter 9: Networking the Mac Way 195 Chapter 10: Staying Secure in a Connected World 215 Chapter 11: Connecting with iDevices, iTunes, and iCloud 235 Part IV: More Software, More Choices 247 Chapter 12: Picturing iPhoto 249 Chapter 13: Producing Movies and Music on Your Mac 261 Chapter 14: Building Your Space on the Web 273 Chapter 15: Enjoying Other OS X Goodies 283 Chapter 16: Oops, It's a PC: Running Windows on Your Mac 297 Part V: Specialty Switching Scenarios 307 Chapter 17: Switching with the Whole Family in Mind 309 Chapter 18: Switching Your Business to Macs 329 Chapter 19: Desktop to Dashcode: OS X Advanced 335 Part VI: The Part of Tens 347 Chapter 20: Ten Terrifi c Troubleshooting Tips 349 Chapter 21: Ten Ways Your Mac Can Help the Planet 361 Chapter 22: Ten Creative Uses for Your Old PC 369 Appendix: Mac Speak versus Windows Speak: A Translation Glossary 373 Index 401 Bonus Chapter 1: Converting from OS 9 and Other Operating Systems BC1