My iMac (Yosemite Edition)

My iMac (Yosemite Edition) : Yosemite Edition

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Step-by-step instructions with callouts to iMac images that show you exactly what to do.

Help when you run into hardware or operating system problems or limitations.

Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your iMac.




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



Managing, arranging, and tagging your files
Staying informed and productive with Notification Center
Creating and navigating virtual workspaces in Mission Control
Opening and organizing apps with Launchpad
Accessing network devices and resources
Activating and using iCloud services
Communicating online with email, instant messaging, and video
Keeping appointments with Calendar and Reminders
Planning trips and checking traffic with Maps
Keeping up-to-date with friends and family via Twitter and Facebook
Downloading and enjoying music, movies, books, and more
Sharing purchases with your family
Challenging your friends to games with Game Center
Working seamlessly with iOS Devices with Handoff and AirDrop
Protecting and securing your system and data
Expanding your system with peripheral devices
Troubleshooting common system problems
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 816.46g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0789753944
  • 9780789753946
  • 1,876,728

Table of contents

Prologue: Getting Started with the iMac 1

Getting to Know the iMac Hardware 2

Special Keyboard Keys 4

What You Need to Know 4

The Menu Bar 5

The Dock 5

The Finder 6

Tags 6

The Launchpad 8

Mission Control 8

Spotlight 9

The App Store (and Security) 10

The Notification Center and Today View 10

System Preferences 11

Window Controls 12

Contextual Menus 12

Gestures 13

Dictation 13

Understanding iCloud and Apple ID 14

Windows Compatibility 15

Boot Camp 15

Virtualization 16

1 Managing Your Desktop 19

Organizing in the Dock 20

Adding and Removing Items from the Dock 20

Using Folders and Stacks in the Dock 21

Customizing the Dock's Appearance 24

Customizing Finder Windows 25

Configuring the Sidebar's System Shortcuts 26

Manually Modifying the Sidebar 27

Modifying the Finder Toolbar 28

Using Finder Window Tabs 29

Opening Tabs with a Click 30

Arranging and Grouping Files 31

Using All My Files 31

Arranging a Finder View 32

Assigning Tags 33

Removing Tags 34

Viewing Tags 34

Managing Tags 35

Previewing Document Contents with Quick Look (New!) 37

Viewing a File with Quick Look 38

Previewing Files Using Finder Icons 39

Finding Information with Spotlight (New!) 40

Searching for Files and Information 40

Customizing Spotlight Searching 41

Saving Searches as Smart Folders in the Finder 42

Managing Your "Today" and Notifications (New!) 44

Receiving Notifications 44

Viewing Notifications in Notification Center 45

Customizing the Notification Display 46

Activating Do Not Disturb Mode 48

Customizing Do Not Disturb Mode 49

Using Notification Center's Today View (New!) 50

Using Utilities in the Dashboard 52

Activating the Dashboard 53

Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets 54

Configuring Dashboard Widgets 56

2 Making the Most of Your Screen Space 59

Swimming in a Sea of Application Windows with Mission Control 60

Opening and Closing Mission Control 60

Navigating Applications and Windows 61

Creating and Populating a New Space 62

Closing a Space 65

Creating Full-Screen Application Spaces 66

Choosing Between Application Windows 67

Showing the Desktop 68

Configuring Mission Control Features and Shortcuts 69

Managing and Launching Applications with Launchpad 71

Starting Launchpad 71

Navigating Launchpad 72

Searching Launchpad 73

Rearranging Icons 74

Creating New Folders 75

Deleting Folders 76

Deleting Applications 77

Managing Auto Open and Save Features 78

Toggling Application Auto Open 78

Setting Window Restoration 79

Enabling Manual File Saving 80

3 Connecting Your Mac to a Network 83

Connecting to a Wired Network 83

Making an Ethernet (Wired) Connection 84

Connecting to a Wireless Network 85

Making a Wireless Connection 86

Authenticating on a Wireless Network 89

Disabling (and Enabling) Wireless Networking 90

Manually Configuring Network Settings 91

Configuring TCP/IP and Proxy Settings 92

Activating PPPoE for DSL Connections 95

Creating Virtual Private Network Connections 98

Creating a VPN Connection 98

Managing Multiple Connections with Locations and Configurations 101

Creating Configurations 101

Adding and Using Locations 103

Seeking Automated Network Assistance 105

Launching Diagnostics 105

Launching the Setup Assistant 107

4 Setting Up iCloud and Internet Accounts 111

Setting Up iCloud 111

Configuring iCloud for the First Time 112

Activating iCloud Services 114

Exploring Unique iCloud Services 116

Accessing iCloud Applications Online 116

Using Find My Mac 117

Using iCloud Drive (New!) 119

Using Photo Sharing 124

Getting Started with Accounts 128

Adding an Account 129

5 Accessing Email and the Web 133

Using Mail 134

Things You Need Before Setting Up an Email Connection 134

Adding an Email Account 135

Configuring Advanced Account Settings 137

Finding Your Way Around Mail 140

Reading Email 141

Composing Email (New!) 148

Managing Your Email 154

Web Browsing in Safari 163

Managing Your Bookmarks, Bookmarks Menu, Favorites, Top Sites, and Reading List (Whew!) (New!) 163

Advanced Browsing Features (New!) 169

Adding Web Content to the Dashboard 178

Extending Safari's Capabilities with Extensions 180

6 Sharing Files, Devices, and Services 183

File Sharing on Your Mac 184

Using AirDrop to Wirelessly Share Files and Folders 184

Configuring Traditional File and Folder Sharing 189

Sharing Files via the Share Menu 199

Sharing Files via Messages 199

Uploading Files to an Online Service 200

Sharing Printers 201

Enabling Network Printer Sharing 201

Setting Printer Sharing Permissions 202

Accessing a Network Printer 203

Sharing an Optical Drive 205

Enabling DVD Sharing 205

Accessing a Shared Optical Drive 206

Sharing Your Mac Screen 207

Enabling Screen Sharing 207

Setting Screen Sharing Permissions 208

Accessing the Screen of a Local Mac 210

Accessing Remote Computers and Non-Macs 212

Sharing Your Internet Connection 214

Sharing Your Connection 214

7 Being Social with Messages, FaceTime, Twitter, and Facebook 217

Instant Messaging with Messages 218

Adding Accounts to Messages 218

Logging into (and out of) Your IM Account 222

Configuring Your IM Identity 223

Managing Your IM Buddy List 226

Communicating with IM and iMessage 229

Using Voice or Video for Chatting (New!) 234

Sharing Your Files and Screen (New!) 235

Video Calls with FaceTime 238

Setting Up FaceTime 238

Placing FaceTime Calls (New!) 239

Receiving a FaceTime Call 241

Accessing Your Call List 242

Disabling FaceTime 243

Updating Account Information FaceTime Preferences 243

Using the Yosemite Twitter and Facebook Posting Support 245

Enabling Twitter 245

Enabling Facebook 247

Posting Tweets and Facebook Updates 249

8 Managing Who, Where, When, and What 253

Managing Contacts 254

Adding Groups 255

Using iCloud and Server-Based Contacts 263

Sharing Contacts via Email, Messages, and AirDrop (New!) 267

Printing Addresses 268

Finding Your Way with Maps 269

Starting and Navigating Maps 269

Using Map Views 270

Finding Places 272

Working with Points of Interest 274

Traveling with Maps 277

Working with Schedules in Calendar 280

Adding Calendars 281

Connecting to iCloud and Server-Based Calendars 282

Viewing Calendars 287

Working with Events 287

Printing Calendars 295

Remembering with Reminders 296

Creating a List (New!) 297

Setting Reminder Attributes, Including Location 298

Completing Reminders 300

Finding Reminders 300

Using iCloud and Server-Based Reminders 302

Keeping Track with Notes 303

Managing Folders 303

Adding Notes 305

Moving Notes Between Folders 306

Searching and Displaying Notes 306

Sharing Notes via Email and Messages 308

Using iCloud and Server-Based Notes 309

9 Entertainment on the (Big) Little Screen 313

Creating a Media Library in iTunes 313

Running iTunes for the First Time 314

Finding Your Way Around iTunes (New!) 315

Interacting with Your Library 316

Controlling Playback 317

Building Your Media Library 317

Searching the Library 326

Using Playlists 327

Using the Mini Player 331

Using iTunes Radio 332

Syncing Media Between Devices 337

Keeping an iCloud Library with iTunes Match 341

Reading Your iBooks 345

Starting iBooks and Authorizing Your Mac 345

Purchasing Books 347

Viewing and Arranging Your Library 349

Reading iBooks 352

Getting Your Game on with Game Center (New!) 356

Signing into Game Center 357

Navigating the Me Screen 359

Managing Friends and Friend Requests 360

Sizing Up Your Friends 363

Browsing by Game 365

Making and Taking a Challenge 367

10 Installing and Managing Applications and Extensions on Your Mac 371

Mac App Store (New!) 372

Logging into the App Store 372

Browsing for Software 373

Searching for Software 374

Purchasing Software 375

Reinstalling Software and Installing Purchases on Other Macs 377

Hiding Apps You No Longer Want (New!) 378

Installing Non-App Store Applications 379

Unarchiving Zip Files 379

Accessing Disk Images 380

Sharing Purchases with Family Sharing (New!) 381

Setting Up Family Sharing (Organizer) 382

Adding a Family Member 384

Managing Family Members 386

Keeping Your Applications and Operating System Up-To-Date 388

Configuring Software Updates and Auto Downloads (New!) 388

Manually Applying Software Updates 390

Finding and Managing Extensions (New!) 391

Finding New Extensions 391

Managing Installed Extensions 392

11 Making the Most of Your Mac Hardware 395

Going Green with Energy Saver 396

Configuring Display, Computer, and Hard Disk Sleep 396

Creating a Sleep/Wake Schedule 398

Updating Keyboard and Dictation Settings 399

Setting Keyboard Repeat Rate 399

Creating Keyboard Shortcuts 400

Activating Dictation 404

Changing Trackpad and Mouse Options 407

Setting the Trackpad Speed 407

Controlling Trackpad Gestures 408

Configuring the Magic Mouse Speed 410

Configuring Magic Mouse Gestures 411

Adjusting Your Display 412

Setting Display Resolution 412

Controlling Display Brightness 413

Choosing a Color Profile 414

Calibrating the Display 415

Setting Sound Input and Output 417

Setting the Output Volume 417

Configuring Alert Sounds 418

Choosing and Adjusting an Output Device 419

Picking and Calibrating an Input Device 420

Recording Audio and Video 421

Recording Audio 421

Recording with the FaceTime HD Video Camera 423

12 Using Yosemite with Your iDevices (New!) 427

Enabling Yosemite and iOS Communication 427

Verifying Your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Settings 428

Using AirDrop 429

Sending Files to iOS via AirDrop 429

Sending Files to Yosemite via AirDrop 430

Using Handoff to Move Between Devices 431

Enabling Handoff 431

Handing Off from Yosemite to iOS 433

Handing Off from iOS to Yosemite 435

Using Your iPhone to Cell-Enable Your Mac 436

Enabling Yosemite Cellular Calls 437

Placing a Phone Call 438

Receiving a Phone Call 439

Text Messaging with Yosemite 440

Using Your iOS Device as an Instant Hotspot 441

Signing Into iCloud 441

13 Connecting Peripherals to Your Mac 443

Connecting USB Input Devices 443

Configuring a USB Keyboard 444

Configuring a USB Mouse 445

Using Bluetooth Devices 446

Pairing a Bluetooth Mouse or Trackpad 446

Pairing a Bluetooth Keyboard 448

Connecting a Bluetooth Headset 449

Adding and Using the Bluetooth Status Menu 450

Using External Displays and Projectors 451

Extending Your Desktop to Another Monitor 452

Setting Monitor Arrangements 452

Adding the Display Mirroring Menu to Your Menu Bar 454

Using Mirrored Displays 455

Connecting to an Apple TV (or Other Device) with AirPlay 455

Mirroring Your Display to an Apple TV 456

Setting the AirPlay Apple TV Resolution 457

Extending Your Desktop to an Apple TV 458

Sharing Multimedia to an Apple TV 459

Sending System Audio to an Apple TV 459

Connecting and Using a Printer 460

Adding a Printer 460

The Printing Process 464

Connecting and Using a Scanner 466

Adding a Scanner 466

Scanning in Preview 467

14 Securing and Protecting Your Mac 471

Working with Users and Groups 472

Creating User Accounts 472

Adding Accounts 473

Enabling the Guest Account 474

Applying Parental Controls 474

Creating Groups 477

Configuring General Account Security 478

Assigning File Permissions for Users and Groups 479

Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access 480

Viewing Keychain Items 481

Adding Data to the Keychain 482

Creating a New Keychain 483

Adding a Keychain Menu Item 484

Encrypting Your Yosemite Disk 484

Activating FileVault 485

Limiting Application Execution 486

Adding Network Security with the Built-In Firewall 487

Activating the Yosemite Firewall 488

Configuring Incoming Services 489

Hiding Location Information and Application Data 490

Backing Up Important Information 491

Using Time Machine 491

Activating Time Machine 492

Customizing the Time Machine Backups 493

Adding a Time Machine Menu Item 494

Recovering Data 495

Restoring a Machine from Scratch 497

Using File Versions 498

Manually Saving a Version 498

Restoring a File Version 499

15 Troubleshooting Your System (online)

16 Upgrading Your Mac (online)

Index 502
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About John Ray

John Ray is a life-long fan of Apple 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 15 years, John has written books on OS X, iOS development, Linux, web development, networking, and computer security. He currently serves as the Director of the Office of Research Information Systems at The Ohio State University. When he isn't writing, he is either re-creating a marine disaster in his living room, or planning a highly elaborate electronics project that will quadruple his carbon footprint.
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