OS X Mountain Lion Absolute Beginner's Guide

OS X Mountain Lion Absolute Beginner's Guide

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Make the most of your new OS X (R) Mountain Lion notebook or desktop computer-without becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to get comfortable, get productive, get online, connect with friends and family, explore the Web, enjoy music and video, and have way more fun! Even if you've never used a Mac before, this book will show you how to do what you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time.
OS X Mountain Lion has never been this simple!

Who knew how simple OS X Mountain Lion could be?

This is today's best beginner's guide to using your new OS X Mountain Lion desktop or notebook computer: simple, practical instructions for doing everything you really want to do! Here's a small sample of what you learn:

* Master Mountain Lion's new iPad (R)/iPhone (R)-like features

* Learn Mac essentials, from bootup to the Dock

* Sync your data on iCloud, and use it anywhere

* Personalize your Mac to match your style and make you more productive

* Use iTunes (R) to enjoy music, Internet radio, TV, movies, podcasts, and even college courses

* Stay organized with Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders

* Connect with people via Mail, Messages, and FaceTime (R) video calls

* Get instant access to weather, stock, and flight information

* Compete against gamers running Macs, iPads, or iPhones

* Explore the Web with Apple's speedy Safari browser

* Use Photo Booth (R) to capture, edit, and share photos and video

* Automatically back up your Mac with Time Machine (R)

* Protect your Mac (and yourself) against online threats

Category: Computers

Covers: Macintosh Operating System

User Level: Beginning
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 177.8 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 0789750147
  • 9780789750143
  • 2,330,124

Table of contents


Part I Getting Acquainted with Mountain Lion Basics

Chapter 1 Booting Up and Shutting Down

Turning on Your Mac

Taking a Close Look at the Desktop

Putting Your Mac to Sleep or Shutting It Down

Using the Sleep Modes

Shutting Down the Computer

Restarting Your Computer

Chapter 2 Using Menus and Dialog Boxes

Using the Menu Bar

Examining the Elements of the Menu Bar

Examining the Elements of a Menu

Using Dialog Boxes

Using Context Menus

Using Menu Extras

Chapter 3 Using the Dock

Examining the Parts of the Dock

Launching Applications from the Dock

Opening Folders on the Dock

Opening the Downloads Folder

Opening the Trash Folder

Chapter 4 Working with Windows

Performing Common Window Functions

Taking a Closer Look at Windows

Closing Windows

Minimizing Windows

Resizing Windows

Moving Windows

Scrolling Windows

Using Full Screen Mode

Switching Between Windows

Using Mission Control to Navigate Windows

Creating Separate Spaces for Applications

Chapter 5 Using iCloud

What Is the iCloud?

What Does It Do?

Why Do I Want It?

How Can I Get It?

How Does It Work?

Turning On iCloud

Accessing iCloud Data Without Your Apple Devices

Stopping iCloud Services

How Can I See What's on the iCloud?

How Can I Get More of It?

Part II Customizing the Way Your Mac Works

Chapter 6 Using and Controlling Your Hardware

Setting Hardware Preferences

Using the CD/DVD SuperDrive

Inserting and Ejecting Discs

Setting Preferences for CDs and DVDs

Using External Drives

Connecting an External Drive

Ejecting an External Drive

Controlling the Brightness and Resolution of the Screen

Setting Up the Keyboard

Controlling the Behavior of the Function Keys

Lighting Up the Keys on a Laptop

Setting Up Keyboards for Different Languages

Operating the Mouse or Trackpad

Setting Magic Mouse Preferences

Setting Trackpad Preferences

Installing and Managing Printers

Manually Installing a Printer

Setting a Default Printer

Controlling Speaker Volume and Sound Alerts

Using the Keyboard to Adjust Sound

Setting Alerts and Interface Sounds

Enabling Dictation

Chapter 7 Personalizing the Desktop

Changing the Background

Using a Screen Saver

Displaying and Using Icons on the Desktop

Displaying Device and Server Icons

Storing Files, Folders, and Aliases on the Desktop

Arranging Icons on the Desktop

Customizing the Icons on the Desktop

Configuring Notifications

Opening and Closing the Notification Center

Showing or Hiding Notifications

Setting Preferences for Notifications

Modifying the Menu Bar

Adding and Deleting Menu Extras

Showing or Hiding the Date and Time

Chapter 8 Customizing the Dock

Setting the Preferences for the Dock

Examining Icons in the Dock

Removing Icons from the Dock

Adding Application Icons to the Dock

Adding File or Folder Icons to the Dock

Rearranging Icons on the Dock

Customizing Folder Icons

Part III Working with Files, Folders, and Applications

Chapter 9 Getting Acquainted with the Finder

Getting Started with the Finder

Examining the File Structure

Exploring the Default Folders

Exploring the Finder Window

Configuring the Sidebar

Using Finder Views

Using the Icon View

Using the List View

Using the Column View

Using the Cover Flow View

Changing the Item Arrangement in Any View

Customizing the Finder Views for Specific Folders

Using Your Preferred View

Opening Multiple Finder Windows

Chapter 10 Creating Folders in the Finder

Creating "Regular" Folders

Creating and Using Smart Folders

Creating and Using Burn Folders

Chapter 11 Working with Files and Folders in the Finder

Opening Folders and Files in the Finder

Finding Files and Folders

Searching with Spotlight

Examining Files with Quick Look

Using Color Labels to Help Identify Files

Renaming Files and Folders

Copying and Moving Files

Copying Files Using Shortcuts

Copying or Moving Files and Folders by Dragging

Sharing Files

Sharing Files in the Finder

Sending Files by AirDrop

Moving Files to the Trash a.k.a. Deleting Files

Burning Files to a Disc

Chapter 12 Working with Applications

Launching Applications

Using Launchpad

Arranging Icons in the Launchpad

Working with Folders in the Launchpad

Searching for Applications in Launchpad

Adding and Deleting Icons in Launchpad

Closing Applications

Using Autosave

Using Resume

Quitting Applications

Installing Applications

Installing Apps from the Mac App Store

Installing Mac Applications from Third-Party Sources

Getting the Most from the Mac App Store

Part IV Using Mountain Lion Apps

Chapter 13 Using Safari

Launching Safari the First Time

Using Top Sites

Navigating the Web

Using the Omnibar

Retracing Your Steps

Using History

Browsing in Tabs or Windows

Using the Tab View

Synchronizing Tabs

Getting a Better View of Web Pages

Using Bookmarks

Bookmarking Web Pages

Using a Bookmark

Creating Bookmark Folders

Customizing the Bookmarks Bar

Using the Reading List

Adding Pages to the Reading List

Reading Pages in the Reading List

Deleting Pages in the Reading List

Downloading and Viewing Files

Sharing Web Content

Chapter 14 Using Contacts

Exploring the Contacts Window

Creating a New Contact

Dictating a Contact

Customizing the Contact Template

Working with Groups

Adding Contacts to a Group

Deleting a Group

Working with Your Contacts

Searching for a Contact

Editing a Contact

Deleting a Contact

Sharing a Contact

Archiving Contacts

Closing the Contacts Application

Chapter 15 Using Calendar

Exploring and Navigating the Calendar Views

Adding Events to the Calendar

Creating an Event Using Quick Event

Using Dictation

Creating an All-Day Event

Creating a Recurring Event

Setting Event Alerts

Working with Events

Finding Events

Editing Event Dates and Times

Deleting Events

Inviting People to Events

Creating Additional Calendars

Chapter 16 Using Notes

Exploring the Notes Window

Creating a Note

Pinning a Note to the Desktop

Finding, Editing, and Deleting Notes

Sharing a Note

Creating and Deleting Your Own Note Folders

Chapter 17 Using Reminders

Exploring the Reminder Window

Creating a Simple Reminder

Dictating a Reminder

Adding Options to a Reminder

Setting an Alert for a Reminder

Creating a Reminder That Repeats Automatically

Setting a Priority Level for a Reminder

Marking Reminders off the List

Finding, Editing, and Deleting Reminders

Sorting Reminders

Creating and Working with New Reminder Lists

Viewing Multiple Reminder Lists

Moving a Reminder to Another List

Deleting a List

Chapter 18 Using Mail

Setting Up Mail Accounts

Setting Up a New Account

Upgrading Existing Accounts

Exploring the Mail Window

Using the Mailbox List

Using the Message List Pane

Using the Message Pane

Exploring the Favorites Bar

Using the Classic View

Getting and Reading Email

Reading a Message

Handling Attachments

Sending Messages and Replies

Filling Out Header Information

Typing and Formatting the Message

Attaching Files

Sending the Message

Forwarding a Message

Finding Messages

Deleting Messages

Dealing with Junk Mail

Creating Mailboxes

Chapter 19 Using Messages

Getting Acquainted with Messages

Setting Up Your Messages Account

Sending and Receiving Messages

Sending More Than Text in a Message

Deleting Conversations

Searching for Messages

Chapter 20 Using FaceTime

Getting Acquainted with FaceTime

Setting Up the FaceTime Application

Making a Call

Searching for Contacts

Populating Your Favorites List

Receiving a FaceTime Call on the Mac

Turning FaceTime Off and On

Chapter 21 Using TextEdit

Launching TextEdit

Setting TextEdit Preferences

Creating and Saving Documents

Examining Autosave and Versions

Using Versions

Saving a Duplicate of the File

Saving Documents in the Cloud

Locking a Document

Resuming Your Work

Boiling It Down


Editing Text

Finding and Replacing Text

Inserting Symbols and Other Special Characters

Correcting Misspelled Words


Setting the Paper Size

Setting Margins

Setting Tabs

Inserting Page Breaks

Setting Paragraph Alignment

Setting Paragraph Indents

Setting Paragraph Spacing

Numbering or Bulleting Paragraphs

Adding Emphasis to Characters

Changing the Font and Size

Creating a Table

Chapter 22 Using the Dashboard

Exploring the Dashboard

Managing Widgets

Downloading and Installing Widgets

Organizing and Finding Widgets on the Widgetpad

Creating Your Own Web Clip Widget

Chapter 23 Using Preview

Launching Preview

Editing Files

Magnifying a Portion of a Page

Drawing Shapes and Lines

Adding Text

Cropping a Page

Rotating a Page


Viewing PDF Files

Changing the View of a PDF File

Searching in a PDF File

Using Bookmarks in a PDF File

Modifying PDF Files

Copying Text in a PDF File

Modifying Text in a PDF File

Adding a Note to a PDF

Using a Signature in a PDF File

Part V Entertaining Yourself

Chapter 24 Using the Game Center

Getting Started with the Game Center

Launching Game Center and Signing In

Adding or Changing Your Photo

Setting Your Status

Changing or Viewing Your Game Center Account

Acquiring Games

Playing Games

Adding Friends

Chapter 25 Using Video Applications

Using DVD Player

Using QuickTime Player

Playing a Video on QuickTime Player

Recording with QuickTime Player

Recording a Movie

Recording an Audio File

Recording the Screen

Editing Movies with QuickTime Player

Trimming a Movie

Splitting a Movie into Clips

Sharing QuickTime Files

Chapter 26 Using iTunes

Exploring the iTunes Window

Listening to a Music CD

Using Visualizer

Adding Music to the Library

Importing Music

Downloading Music from the iTunes Store

Importing Cover Art

Creating and Playing Playlists

Creating a Playlist

Letting Genius Create a Playlist

Creating Your Own Smart Playlists

Sharing a Playlist via the iTunes Store

Burning a Music CD

Listening to Radio

Acquiring and Playing Movies and TV Shows

Acquiring and Playing Podcasts

Acquiring and Playing Courses from iTunes U

Chapter 27 Using Photo Booth

Exploring the Photo Booth Window

Taking and Viewing Photos

Taking a Still Picture

Taking a Four-Up Picture

Viewing Photos

Recording and Viewing Movies

Trimming a Video

Using Effects

Deleting Items in Photo Booth

Sharing Your Photos and Movies

Part VI Performing Administrative Routines

Chapter 28 Managing User Accounts

Creating a User Account

Enabling and Disabling the Guest Account

Setting Login Options

Working with Multiple User Logins

Modifying a User Account

Changing Your Password

Changing the Account Picture

Deleting a User Account

Chapter 29 Maintaining and Securing Your Mac

Maintaining Your Mac

Getting Software Updates

Backing Up Data with Time Machine

Restoring Data with Time Machine

Securing Your Mac

Setting System Security Preferences

Setting Safari Security Preferences

Using a Firewall

Encrypting a Drive

Securing Your Privacy

Securing Your Privacy on the Mac

Securing Your Privacy on the Web

9780789750143 TOC 8/13/2012
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About Yvonne Johnson

Yvonne Johnson has been writing computer books and teaching computer classes since 1982. She has written more than 60 PC and Mac computer books and college texts for well-known publishers on practically every type of software that exists-from operating systems to desktop publishing, from word processing and spreadsheets to databases, from programming to graphic design and web design. Some of Yvonne's most recent Mac books include Using Mac OS X Lion (Pearson Education), Using Office 2011 for Mac (Pearson Education), and Introducing OS X Mountain Lion: What's New and What's Changed for Lion Users (Pearson Education).

In addition to writing (and designing websites), Yvonne loves to garden, play with her grandchildren, and entertain guests on her property in Franklin, Tennessee.
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