Switching to a Mac For Dummies

Switching to a Mac For Dummies : Mac OS X Lion Edition

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 187.96 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Mac OS X Lion Edition
  • ill
  • 111802446X
  • 9781118024461
  • 246,409

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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 mini

I'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 Finder

Can I keep it? -- find out which peripherals will still work with your Mac

Moving day -- transfer your files, address book, and content stored on other media

Ready, set, connect -- set up your Internet service and e-mail application, and connect to your printer and other peripherals

Get 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 important

If you just can't say goodbye -- see how to run Windows(R) on your Mac

Open the book and find:

How a Mac can simplify your life

Tips on keeping your Mac updated and secure

Ways to unleash your creativity with photos, audio, and video

Advice on navigating with Launchpad and Mission Control

Help with switching specialized software to your Mac

Special tips for seniors and parents of young kids

Instructions for Mac network and Wi-Fi setup

How to enjoy Facebook(R) and other social networking sites

Learn to:

Choose the Mac that's right for you

Transfer your files from Windows(R)

Surf the web, send and receive e-mail, and make FaceTime video calls

Get the most from Mac OS X Lion and create cool projects with the iLife suite
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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
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About Arnold Reinhold

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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