OS X Mountain Lion on Demand

OS X Mountain Lion on Demand

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Need answers quickly? OS X Mountain Lion on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Inside the Book

* Find and preview everything you need with Spotlight

* Master the OS X Mountain Lion user interface and file management

* Use the App Store and full-screen apps for maximum efficiency

* Explore the Internet with Safari and send e-mail with Mail

* Manage and play digital music with iTunes and iPod or iPhone

* Chat online instantly with Messages and FaceTime

* Manage and share your schedule with Calendar

* Send files wirelessly to anyone around you with AirDrop

* Keep your files backed up with Time Machine

* Automatically save document changes as you work with Auto Save

* Use multi-touch gestures and keyboard shortcuts to save time

* Post content straight to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Vimeo

* Use Microsoft Windows along with Mountain Lion

Bonus Online Content

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* Workshops and related files

* Keyboard shortcuts

Visit the author site: perspection.com
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 187.96 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 952.54g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0789749904
  • 9780789749901

Table of contents

Introduction xvii

1 Getting Started with OS X Mountain Lion 1

Starting OS X 2

Exploring the Finder and Desktop 4 New!

Using the Mouse or Multi-Touch Gestures 6

Working with Menus, Toolbars, and Panes 7

Using Menus for Quick Results 8

Choosing Dialog Options 9

Working with Icons 10

Viewing Windows 12

Managing Windows 14

Using the Sidebar 16

Using Toolbars 17 New!

Displaying and Using the Dock 18

Displaying and Using Stacks on the Dock 19

Exposing Windows in Mission Control 20 New!

Grouping Windows in Mission Control 21 New!

Switching Users 22 New!

Sleeping, Restarting, and Shutting Down 24

2 Managing Files and Folders 25

Opening and Viewing Disks 26 New!

Viewing and Opening Documents 28

Changing the Window View 30

Arranging Files and Folders in Icons View 32

Working with Files and Folders in List View 34

Viewing Files with Cover Flow View 36

Working with Files and Folders in Columns View 37

Viewing Files Using Quick Look 38 New!

Going to Common or Recent Places 39 New!

Organizing Files and Folders by Color 40

Creating and Renaming Files and Folders 42

Copying and Moving Files and Folders 44

Using Spring-Loaded Folders 46

Sharing Files Using Online Services 47 New!

Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders 48

Getting and Setting File Information 50

Creating a CD or DVD Using the Finder 52

Mounting and Ejecting Disks 54

3 Finding What You Want with Spotlight 55

Finding Information Using Spotlight 56

Finding Information in the Spotlight Window 58

Filtering Spotlight Results 60

Grouping and Sorting Spotlight Results 62

Working with Spotlight Results 63

Setting Spotlight Preferences 64

Searching for Files Using the Find Window 66

Searching for Hard to Find Information 68

Working with Find Window Results 69

Creating and Using Smart Folders 70

Getting Help While You Work 72

Getting Help Using Spotlight 74

4 Customizing the Finder 75

Understanding Finder Preferences 76

Showing Icons on the Desktop 77

Customizing the Way Windows Open 78

Showing or Hiding File Extensions 79

Customizing Finder Window Views 80

Customizing the Toolbar 82

Customizing the Sidebar 84 New!

Customizing the Dock 86 New!

Creating Aliases 88

Customizing Mission Control 90 New!

Using Simple Finder 92

5 Setting System Preferences 93

Understanding System Preferences 94 New!

Viewing System Preferences 96

Locking and Unlocking Preference Settings 97

Changing Appearance Options 98 New!

Setting Up the Desktop 100

Setting Up Screen Savers 101 New!

Setting the Date and Time 102

Changing Language Options 104

Changing Text Substitution Options 106

Saving Energy and Managing Power 108 New!

Selecting a Startup Disk 110

Changing the Way a CD or DVD Starts 111

Controlling Sound 112

Dictating Your Speech 114 New!

Letting Mac Do the Talking 116

Setting Accessibility Options 118 New!

Having VoiceOver Read from the Screen 120 New!

Setting VoiceOver Preferences 122 New!

Using VoiceOver Commands 124

Setting Ink Preferences 126

6 Using OS X Applications 127

Getting Apps from the App Store 128 New!

Downloading and Installing Apps 130 New!

Using OS X Apps 131 New!

Launching Apps 132 New!

Opening Apps and Files 134 New!

Viewing Full Screen Apps 135 New!

Switching Between Apps 136

Quitting Apps 138

Playing Chess 139 New!

Playing Games with the Game Center 140 New!

Creating a Contacts List 142 New!

Editing a Contacts List 144 New!

Managing and Sharing a Contacts List 146 New!

Performing Calculations and Conversions 148

Capturing Images with a Digital Camera 150

Capturing Screen Shots with Grab 151

Previewing Images and PDF's 152 New!

Using Apps with Auto Save 154 New!

Creating Sticky Notes 155

Managing Fonts with Font Book 156 New!

Activating, Deactivating, and Customizing Fonts 157

Working with Dashboard 158 New!

Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets 160 New!

Creating a Web Clip Dashboard Widget 162

7 Working with Documents 163

Creating and Opening a Document 164 New!

Editing Text 166

Recognizing Handwriting Ink 168

Making Corrections 170 New!

Making Text Substitutions 171

Checking Spelling and Grammar 172

Looking Up Words with Dictionary 174 New!

Finding and Replacing Text 176

Formatting Text 178

Displaying Rulers 179

Setting Paragraph Tabs 180

Setting Paragraph Indents 181

Changing Character Spacing 182

Changing Line Spacing 183

Adding Lists and Tables 184

Applying and Creating a Style 186

Inserting Special Characters 188

Adding Pictures, Movies, or Files to a Document 189

Saving and Closing a Document 190 New!

Using TextEdit for Web Design 192

Setting TextEdit Preferences 194

8 Printing and Faxing 195

Understanding Printers 196

Understanding Printer Drivers 197

Adding or Removing a Printer 198 New!

Setting Print Settings 200

Sharing a Printer 202

Setting Up Page Options 204

Setting Basic Print Options 206

Previewing Documents 208 New!

Saving Documents as PDF Documents 209

Managing Print Queues 210

Creating a Cover Page 211

Scanning Documents 212

Sending Fax Documents 214

Receiving Faxes Automatically 216

9 Exploring the Internet 217

Connecting to the Internet 218

Setting Up a Modem Connection 220

Setting Up an Ethernet Connection 221

Setting Up a Wireless Connection 222

Setting Up Multiple Connections 223

Making an Internet Connection 224

Understanding Web Sites and Browsers 225

Starting and Customizing Safari 226 New!

Viewing the Safari Window 227 New!

Browsing the Web 228

Browsing the Web Using Tabs 230 New!

Using the Reader and Reading List 232 New!

Viewing Top Sites 234

Changing the Home Page 235

Viewing a History List 236

Bookmarking a Web Page 237 New!

Working with Bookmarks 238

Filling Out Forms on the Web 240 New!

Searching the Web 242 New!

Printing a Web Page 244

Viewing PDF Files 245

Saving a Web Page 246 New!

Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page 247

Downloading Files Safely from the Web 248

Setting Safari Preferences 250

Setting Security Preferences 252 New!

Blocking Pop-Up Windows 254

Changing Web Notifications 255 New!

Selecting a Default Browser and Search 256

10 Exchanging E_Mail Messages 257

Setting Up Accounts in One Place 258 New!

Starting Mail 259

Setting Up an Account 260

Managing Accounts 262

Viewing the Mail Window 264

Composing and Sending an E-Mail 265

Addressing an E-Mail 266

Adding Stationery to E-Mail 268

Formatting Message Text 269

Adding an E-Mail Signature 270

Customizing the Mail Window 271

Receiving and Reading E-Mail 272 New!

Responding to E-Mail 274

Sending and Retrieving a File 276

Managing E-Mail 278

Deleting E-Mail 280

Saving E-Mail 282

Searching E-Mail for Text 283

Blocking and Flagging E-Mail 284

Diverting Incoming E-Mail to Mailboxes 286

Creating a Smart Mailbox 287

Creating a VIP List 288 New!

11 Sending Instant Messages 289

Creating a Messages Account 290 New!

Starting Messages 292 New!

Viewing Messages 293

Changing My Status 294

Using the Messages Status Menu 295

Adding a Buddy 296

Changing a Buddy Picture 297

Creating and Managing Buddy Groups 298

Sending and Receiving Messages 300 New!

Sending a File During a Message 302 New!

Working with Messages 303 New!

Having an Audio and Video Chat 304 New!

Enhancing a Video Chat 306

Changing Chat Message Options 307 New!

Chatting on a Local Network 308

Changing the Chat Message Appearance 310

Getting Chat Notification Alerts 311

Blocking a Buddy 312

Getting Started with FaceTime 313

Making a Video Call with FaceTime 314

12 Working with Music and Media 315

Starting and Setting Up iTunes 316

Viewing the iTunes Window 317

Setting Up iTunes to Automatically Play CDs 318

Getting and Playing Music from CDs 319

Getting Media from the iTunes Store 320

Using and Creating Playlists 322

Adding Media to a Playlist 324

Socializing with Ping 325

Subscribing and Playing Podcasts 326

Using iPod, iPhone, iPad with iTunes 327

Listening to Internet Radio 328

Streaming a Mac to Apple TV 329 New!

Burning CDs and Exporting to MP3 Players 330

Setting iTunes Preferences 332

Capturing Photos in Photo Booth 333 New!

Recording Movies in Photo Booth 334 New!

Adding Photo Booth Effects 335

Playing and Browsing DVD Movies 336

Customizing the DVD Player 337

Playing QuickTime Movies 338

Creating QuickTime Movies 340 New!

Exploring iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto 342

13 Sharing Information in the Cloud 343

Joining the iCloud Community 344 New!

Setting iCloud Preferences 346 New!

Sharing with Back to My Mac 348

Finding Your Mac 349

Using iCloud on the Mac 350 New!

Using iCloud Enabled Apps 352 New!

Using iCloud on the Web 354

14 Tracking and Managing Information 357

Viewing the Calendar Window 358

Changing Calendar Views 359 New!

Creating and Working with Calendars 360 New!

Adding and Editing Calendar Events 362

Inviting Attendees to Calendar Events 364

Printing Calendars 365

Publishing and Subscribing to a Calendar 366

Sharing an iCloud Calendar 368

Creating Reminder Lists 370 New!

Working with Reminder Lists 372 New!

Adding Notifications to Reminders 374 New!

Enabling Accounts for Reminders and Notes 375 New!

Creating and Managing Notes 376 New!

Using the Notification Center 378 New!

Posting Tweets to Twitter 380 New!

15 Setting Up Accounts and Maintaining Security 381

Understanding User Accounts 382

Activating the Login Window 383

Adding a User Account 384

Deleting a User Account 385

Setting File Access Permissions 386

Setting Account Access Privileges 387 New!

Setting Parental Controls 388 New!

Specifying Log In and Start Up Items 390

Setting Fast User Switching 392

Setting Security Preferences 393 New!

Setting Privacy Preferences 394 New!

Protecting Your Computer with FileVault 395

Restoring Password Access 396

Adding Keychains and Passwords 398

Working with Keychains and Passwords 399

Modifying Keychains and Passwords 400

Managing Files with the Home Folder 402

16 Managing Files Using a Network 403

Using Network Sharing Services 404

Setting Up File Sharing 406

Sharing an Internet Connection 408

Configuring an Internet Firewall 409

Setting Up a Local Area Network 410

Setting Up a Network Connection 411

Setting Up for Different Network Connections 412

Setting Up a Bluetooth Wireless Network 413 New!

Moving Items with Bluetooth 414

Setting Bluetooth Preferences 415

Browsing the Network with the Finder 416

Connecting to Another Computer 418

Sharing Files or Folders with Others 420

Sending Files Wirelessly with AirDrop 421

Controlling a Computer with Screen Sharing 422 New!

Setting Up Mac and Windows to Share Files 424

Connecting from a Windows 7 or Vista Computer 425

Connecting from a Windows XP Computer 426

Connecting to a Network Over the Internet 428

Exploring Additional Utility Applications 430

17 Maintaining Your Computer 431

Downloading and Updating Software 432 New!

Automating Software Updates 433 New!

Opening Compressed Files 434

Compressing and Uncompressing Files and Folders 435

Using Application Services 436 New!

Understanding Disk File Systems 437

Formatting and Copying a Disk 438

Fixing Disk Problems 440

Fixing Disk Permission Problems 441

Erasing a CD or DVD Disc 442

Migrating Information Between Macs 443

Monitoring System Activities 444

Viewing System Messages with the Console 446

Viewing System Information 447

Forcing a Restart 448

18 Managing Hardware 449

Installing Hardware Devices 450

Removing Hardware Devices 451

Viewing Hardware Settings 452

Changing Keyboard Settings 453

Changing Mouse Settings 454

Changing Trackpad Settings 455

Changing Monitor Display Settings 456 New!

Measuring Display Colors with the Digital Color Meter 458

Selecting Colors with the Color Picker 459

Matching Colors to Devices with ColorSync 460

Configuring Audio MIDI Devices 462 New!

Preventing Hardware Problems 464

19 Working with OS X Along with Windows 465

Preparing a Mac for Windows 466 New!

Installing Windows on a Mac 468 New!

Starting Up with OS X or Windows 470

Using Windows on a Mac 472 New!

Removing Windows 474 New!

20 Backing Up Everything with Time Machine 477

Setting Up Time Machine for Backups 478 New!

Performing a Backup 479 New!

Excluding Items from a Backup 480

Working with a Backup 481

Recovering Backed Up Items 482

Recovering an Entire Computer System 484

Creating a Disk Image to Backup Files 486

Burning a CD or DVD from a Disk Image 488

Restoring a Disk Image 489

Backing Up Files onto a CD or DVD 490

21 Automating Your Work 491

Introducing Automator 492

Viewing the Automator Window 494

Getting Started with Automator 495

Opening an Existing Workflow 496

Opening an Example Workflow 497

Working with an Example Workflow 498

Adding Actions to a Workflow 500

Adding Variables to an Action 501

Recording an Action 502

Working with Workflows 503

Running and Stopping a Workflow 504

Saving a Workflow 505 New!

Using a Workflow as Plug-ins 506

Understanding AppleScript Basics 507

Using Ready-Made AppleScripts 508

Writing and Recording AppleScripts 510

Using AppleScript with Automator 512

Appendix A: Installing OS X Mountain Lion 513

Preparing to Install OS X Mountain Lion 514 New!

Determining the Current OS X Version 515

Getting Mac Information 516

Getting OS X Mountain Lion from the App Store 517 New!

Installing OS X Mountain Lion 518 New!

Reinstalling OS X Mountain Lion 520 New!

New Features 521 New!

Index 527
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About Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson has written more than 60 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, Adobe InDesign CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6, Adobe Flash CS5, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Lion. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Pleasanton, California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.
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