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Get more out of your MacBook with the help of this savvy and easy Dummies guide Lighter, faster, and way cooler, the new MacBooks put the power of a desktop into your hands anywhere. Mac expert Mark Chambers shows you how to personalize your Desktop, stay connected while on the road, make movies with iMovie, create and share photos and videos, compose your own music with GarageBand, build a website with iWeb, and much more. Packed with coverage of the latest MacBook hardware including the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro plusOS X Lion, iCloud, iLife, and iWork, this new edition is completely revised and updated to let you in on all the secrets of the magnificent MacBook. Features updated coverage of the latest MacBook devices, OS X Lion, iCloud, iLife, and iWork Shows how to navigate with Mission Control and LaunchPad, sync everything with iCloud, and add some apps to your desktop experience Explains how to customize the dock and desktop; connect from the road; take your music mobile; use iWeb, iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand; and get to work the Mac way with the iWork productivity suite Gets readers acquainted with Multi-Touch gestures, Mail, and the Mac App Store MacBook For Dummies, 4th Edition helps you make friends with your MacBook the fun and easy way!
Mark L. Chambers is an author, a tech editor, and an unabashed Mac fan. He is the author of more than 30 computer books, including OSX Mountain Lion All-in-One For Dummies, Macs From Seniors For Dummies, and iPhone 5 First Steps for Dummies.
Table of Contents
What's Really Required
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
A Final Word
Tie Myself Down with a Desktop? Preposterous!
Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need
An Overview of Your Mac Laptop
Meet the MacBooks
Location, Location, Location!
Unpacking and Connecting Your Laptop
Great, a Lecture about Handling My Laptop
An Overview of Mac Software Goodness
Other Stuff That Nearly Everyone Wants
Turning On Your Portable Powerhouse
Tales of the On Button
Mark's Favorite Signs of a Healthy Laptop
You're Not Going to Lecture about Batteries, Are You?
Setting Up and Registering Your Laptop
Importing Stuff from Another Mac
Importing Stuff from Windows (If You Must)
The Laptop Owner's Introduction to OS X
Your Own Personal Operating System
And Just in Case You Need Help
Shaking Hands with OSX
Opening and Closing and Tapping and Such
Using the All-Powerful Finder
Wait a Second: Where the Heck Are the Mouse Buttons?
Launching and Quitting Applications with Aplomb
Juggling Folders and Icons
Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts to Fame and Fortune
Performing Tricks with Finder Windows
Getting to the Heart of Mountain Lion
Home, Sweet Home Folder
Personalizing Your Desktop
Customizing the Dock Just So
What's with the Trash?
Working Magic with Mission Control and the Dashboard
Printing in OSX
A Nerd's Guide to System Preferences
An Explanation - in English, No Less
Locating That Certain Special Setting
Popular Preference Panes Explained
Sifting through Your Stuff
A Not-So-Confusing Introduction to Spotlight
Other Search Tools Are Available, Too
With Widgets, the Internet Is Your Resource
Using Reminders, Notes, and Notifications
Remind Me to Use Reminders
Taking Notes the Mountain Lion Way
Staying Current with Notification Center
Connecting and Communicating
Let's Go on Safari!
Pretend You've Never Used This Thing
Navigating the Web
Setting Up Your Home Page
Adding and Using Bookmarks
Tabs Are Your Browsing Friends
Saving Web Pages
Protecting Your Privacy
iCIoud Is Made for MacBooks
So How Does iCIoud Work, Anyway?
Managing Your iCIoud Storage
Your Laptop Goes Multiuser
Once Upon a Time (an Access Fairy Tale)
Big-Shot Administrator Stuff
Mundane Chores for the Multiuser Laptop
Working Well with Networks
What Exactly Is the Network Advantage?
Should You Go Wired or Wireless?
Be a Pal - Share Your Internet!
What Do I Need to Connect?
Connecting to the Network
Use Your Firewall!
Spreading the Word with Messages and Face Time
Working with Messages
Changing Modes in Messages
Will You Be My Buddy?
Chat! Chat, I Say!
Conversing with iMessages
Sharing Screens with Aplomb
Sending Files with Messages
Eliminating the Riffraff
Adding Visual Effects
Conversing with FaceTime
Living the iLife
The Multimedia Joy of iTunes
What Can I Play on iTunes?
Playing an Audio CD
Playing Digital Audio and Video
Keeping Slim Whitman and Slim Shady Apart: Organizing with Playlists