My MacBook (Mountain Lion Edition)

My MacBook (Mountain Lion Edition)

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Covers 2010 and later MacBook/Air/Pro models

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to MacBook photos that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into MacBook or OS X Mountain Lion problems or limitations.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your MacBook.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your
MacBook working just the way you want. The tasks include:

* Managing and arranging your desktop
* Staying on top of important changes with Notification Center
* Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control
* Opening and organizing applications in Launchpad
* Accessing the Internet through wired, wireless, and cellular networks
* Joining and using iCloud services
* Communicating via email, instant messages, audio, and video
* Keeping in touch and on-time with Calendars and Contacts
* Being social with Facebook, Twitter, and Game Center
* Entertaining with music and videos
* Downloading and managing software from the App Store and other sources
* Sharing files, printers, and even scanners over your network connection
* Protecting and securing your data
* Recording video and sharing it instantly online
* Expanding your capabilities with peripheral devices
* Troubleshooting system problems
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 657.71g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, Ind., United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 3rd edition
  • col. illustrations
  • 0789749890
  • 9780789749895
  • 1,200,256

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Covers 2010 and later MacBook/Air/Pro models
"Step-by-step instructions "with callouts to MacBook photos that show you exactly what to do.
"Help" when you run into MacBook or OS X Mountain Lion problems or limitations.
"Tips and Notes" to help you get the most from your MacBook.
Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping
your MacBook working just the way you want. The tasks include:
Managing and arranging your desktop
Staying on top of important changes with Notification Center
Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control
Opening and organizing applications in Launchpad
Accessing the Internet through wired, wireless, and cellular networks
Joining and using iCloud services
Communicating via email, instant messages, audio, and video
Keeping in touch and on-time with Calendars and Contacts
Being social with Facebook, Twitter, and Game Center
Entertaining with music and videos
Downloading and managing software from the App Store and other sources
Sharing files, printers, and even scanners over your network connection
Protecting and securing your data
Recording video and sharing it instantly online
Expanding your capabilities with peripheral devices
Troubleshooting system problems"
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Table of contents

Prologue 1
Getting to Know the MacBook Hardware 1
What You Need to Know 4
Understanding iCloud and Apple ID 12
Windows Compatibility 13

Chapter 1 Managing Your MacBook Desktop 19
Organizing in the Dock 20
Customizing Finder Windows 24
Arranging and Grouping Files 26
Previewing Document Contents with Quick Look 28
Using Instant-Access Utilities in the Dashboard 31
Finding Information with Spotlight 34
Keeping Track of Application Events with Notifications 38

Chapter 2 Making the Most of Your MacBook's Screen Space 43
Swimming in a Sea of Application Windows with Mission Control 44
Managing and Launching Applications with Launchpad 53
Managing Auto Open and Save Features 61

Chapter 3 Connecting Your MacBook to a Network 65
Connecting to a Wired Network 66
Connecting to a Wireless Network 67
Manually Configuring Network Settings 72
Making Mobile Connections with the iPhone and Cellular Data Cards 78
Creating Virtual Private Network Connections 85
Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations 88
Seeking Automated Network Assistance 91

Chapter 4 Accessing iCloud, Email, and the Web 95
Setting Up iCloud 96
Exploring Unique iCloud Services 100
Getting Started with Accounts 108
Using Mail 110
Web Browsing in Safari 136

Chapter 5 Being Social with Messages, FaceTime, Twitter, Facebook, and Game Center 157
Instant Messaging with Messages 158
Video Calls with FaceTime 176
Using the Mountain Lion Twitter and Facebook Posting Support 182
Getting Your Game on with Game Center 186

Chapter 6 Keeping Contacts, Appointments, Reminders, and Notes 197
Managing Contacts in Contacts 198
Working with Schedules in Calendar 212
Remembering with Reminders 226
Keeping Track with Notes 232

Chapter 7 Sharing Devices, Files, and Services on a Network 243
File Sharing on Your MacBook 244
Sharing Files via Share Sheets 256
Sharing Printers 261
Sharing a Scanner 264
Sharing an Optical Drive 266
Sharing Your MacBook Screen 268
Sharing Your Internet Connection 274

Chapter 8 Accessing Entertainment on the Go 279
Using DVD Player 280
Viewing Browser Video or Downloaded Video Files 283
Creating a Media Library in iTunes 287

Chapter 9 Installing and Managing Software on Your MacBook 311
Mac App Store 312
Installing Non-App Store Applications 318
Keeping Your Applications and Operating System Up-To-Date 321

Chapter 10 Making the Most of Your MacBook Hardware 325
Balancing Battery Life and Performance 326
Updating Keyboard Settings 329
Changing Trackpad Options 335
Adjusting the LCD Display 338
Setting Sound Input and Output 342
Recording Audio, Video, and Screen Actions 347

Chapter 11 Connecting Devices to Your MacBook 353
Connecting USB Input Devices 354
Using Bluetooth Devices 356
Using External Displays and Projectors 361
Connecting to an Apple TV (or Other Device) with AirPlay 365
Connecting and Using a Printer 369
Connecting and Using a Scanner 374

Chapter 12 Securing and Protecting Your MacBook 379
Working with Users and Groups 380
Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access 388
Encrypting Your Mountain Lion Disk 392
Limiting Application Execution 394
Achieving Network Security with the Built-in Firewall 395
Backing Up Important Information 398

Chapter 13 Troubleshooting Your MacBook System 409
Dealing with Troublesome Software 410
Restarting and Correcting a Frozen Machine 414
Fixing Disk Problems with Disk Utility 419
Gathering Information About Your MacBook 423
Remember Your Backups! 427

Chapter 14 Upgrading Your MacBook 429
Upgrading Your Built-In Hardware 430
Adding External Storage 433

Index 438
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About John Ray

John Ray is a life-long fan of Apple's products; he has been an avid Mac user since its inception in 1984. He relies on OS X both at work and at home because it is a robust, flexible platform for programming, networking, and design. Over the past 14 years, John has written books on OS X, iOS and OS X development, Linux, web development, networking, and computer security. He currently manages the application development team in the Office of Sponsored Programs at The Ohio State University. He lives with his long-time girlfriend, their dogs, a collection of vintage arcade games, and an assortment of tech toys.
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