Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Sep 14, 2012 - Computers - 743 pages
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Ready to move to the Mac? This incomparable guide helps you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around OS X.

Learning to use a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. You won't find questionable firewalls or inefficient permissions. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. Whether you’re using Windows XP or Windows 7, we’ve got you covered.

  • Transfer your stuff. Moving files from a PC to a Mac is the easy part. This guide gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.
  • Re-create your software suite. Big-name programs from Microsoft, Adobe, and others are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are Windows-only. Learn the Macintosh equivalents and how to move data to them.
  • Learn OS X Mountain Lion. Once you’ve moved into the Macintosh mansion, it’s time to learn your way around. You’re in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to OS X.
  

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User Review  - scubafan67 - Overstock.com

you can probably find ALL of this on the Apple website somewhere.. but this kinda read my mind on the specific things that as a PC user going to a MAC for the first time, what are the things i'm jonesing for most :) ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Overly detailed at times. For example, a whole chapter on how to use ICalc. I don't think its necessary to have a whole chapter on how to use a calculator. But, the chapters that mattered were ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
What OS X Gives You
3
What OS X Takes Away
5
About This Book
6
The Very Basics
8
The Mountain Lion Difference
9
Welcome to Macintosh
17
How the Mac Is Different
19
Burning CDs and DVDs
309
The Digital Jukebox
312
DVD Movies
323
AirPlay
325
Keyboards
327
Mouse
328
Scanners
329
Making Connections
333

RightClicking and Shortcut Menus
20
Logging Out Shutting Down
22
The Menu Bar
24
Finder Windows Explorer
25
Menulets Tray
26
Keyboard Differences
28
Disk Differences
33
Where Your Stuff Is
34
Window Controls
37
Terminology Differences
46
Folders Dock Windows
47
The Four Window Views
51
List View
62
Column View
68
Cover Flow View
71
Quick Look
73
The Dock
77
Setting Up the Dock
78
Using the Dock
85
The Finder Toolbar
90
Getting Help in OS X
91
Files Icons Spotlight
95
Selecting Icons
97
Moving and Copying Icons
100
Icons in Two Places at Once
105
Color Labels
107
The Trash
109
Get Info
112
Shortcut Menus Action Menus
115
The Spotlight Menu
118
The Spotlight Window
124
Customizing Spotlight
136
Smart Folders
139
Documents Programs Mission Control
141
The Mac App Store
142
Other Ways to Get Mac Software
144
Opening OS X Programs
147
Windows that AutoReopen
151
The Application Menu
152
The HeadsUp Program Switcher
154
Death to Window Clutter
155
Dashboard
163
Exposé
169
Hiding Programs the OldFashioned Way
174
How Documents Know Their Parents
176
Keyboard Control
180
The Save and Open Dialog Boxes
186
Auto Save and Versions
190
Documents in the Cloud
195
Entering Moving Backing up Data
199
Dictation
205
The Many Languages of OS X Text
210
Data Detectors
215
Moving Data Between Documents
216
Exchanging Data with Other Macs
220
Exchanging Data with Windows PCs
225
The Mountain Lion Share Button
226
Time Machine
228
Making the Move
241
Transferring Your Files to the Mac
243
Transfers by Apple Genius
244
Manual Network Transfers
248
Transfers by FileSending Web Site
249
Transfers by Email
250
Document Conversion Issues
254
Special Software Special Problems
255
Acrobat Reader
256
Ad Subtract PopUp Stopper
257
Adobe your favorite program here
258
Encarta
259
Games
260
Internet Explorer
261
Microsoft Money
262
Microsoft Office
264
Microsoft Visio
265
Minesweeper
266
Norton AntiVirus
267
Palm Desktop
268
Quicken
269
SnagIt Screenshots
270
Solitaire
271
WinZip
272
Windows on Macintosh
273
Boot Camp
275
Windows in a Window
281
Life with Microsoft Exchange
283
Hardware on the Mac
287
Making the Printout
290
Managing Printouts
293
Printer Sharing
295
Faxing
296
Fontsand Font Book
298
Digital Cameras
306
Startup Disks
307
Erasing a Disk
308
Internet Setup iCloud
335
Network Central and Multihoming
336
Broadband Connections
338
Cellular Modems
344
Tethering
345
Switching Locations
346
Internet Sharing
348
iCloud
350
Internet Location Files
360
Mail Contacts
361
Writing Messages
368
Stationery
374
Reading Email
377
VIPs
392
The AntiSpam Toolkit
393
Contacts
395
Safari Messages
407
Bookmarks
415
14 Tips for Better Surfing
417
Tabbed Browsing
426
Privacy and Security Features
428
Messages
431
iMessages
433
The Traditional Chat Networks
436
Let the Chat Begin
440
Text Chatting
441
Audio Chats
444
Video Chats
445
Juggling Chats and Windows
449
Sharing Your Screen
450
Messages Theater
452
Putting Down Roots
455
Accounts Parental Controls Security
457
Creating an Account
459
Parental Controls
468
Editing Accounts
475
Setting Up the Login Process
477
Signing In Logging Out
479
Sharing Across Accounts
481
Six OS X Security Shields
484
And Four Privacy Shields
499
Networking File Sharing Screen Sharing
501
Three Ways
505
Accessing Shared Files
515
Networking with Windows
523
Screen Sharing
530
System Preferences
539
Accessibility
541
Bluetooth
547
CDs DVDs
549
Date Time
550
Desktop Screen Saver
553
Dictation Speech
557
Dock
560
General
564
iCloud
566
Language Text
568
Network
569
Notifications
570
Software Update
571
Spotlight
574
Users Groups
577
The Freebie Programs
579
Automator
580
Calendar
582
Chess
596
Contacts
598
DVD Player
600
FaceTime
601
Font Book
604
GarageBand
607
iMovie iPhoto
610
Notification Center
614
Photo Booth
619
Preview
623
QuickTime Player
633
Safari
637
System Preferences
639
Time Machine
645
Your OS X Toolbox
646
Appendixes
665
Installing OS X Mountain Lion
667
Hardware Requirements
668
Psychological Requirements
669
The Setup Assistant
672
The Homemade Installer Disk
674
Troubleshooting
677
Frozen Programs Force Quitting
679
Three Emergency Disks
680
Application Wont Open
684
Fixing the Disk
687
Where to Get Troubleshooting Help
690
The WindowstoMac Dictionary
691
The Master OS X Secret Keystroke List
705
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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