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Mac® Bible by Dwight Spivey

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Chapter 1. Know Your Mac

Getting to know your new Mac is a really fun time. For all of you who have previously owned a Mac, you know how cool it is when you hear the first start-up chime of your new Mac and begin comparing it to your older model. For those who are new to the Mac, the experience can swing from one of pure excitement all the way over to near dread. The pure excitement feeling usually happens to someone who is very computer savvy but has been stuck in a Windows world (usually against their will). Those experiencing dread are also typically coming from a Windows world, but don't consider themselves to be the most computer-knowledgeable folks around. To those who can't wait to dive in, I say, "Enjoy!" To those who are apprehensive, please don't be. You bought your Mac for a reason, didn't you? Someone you know and trust may have had some fantastic things to say about his or her Mac, you may have tinkered with one in an Apple Store, or one or more of Apple's great commercials may have persuaded you to give them a go.

All those wonderful things you hear about Macs aren't fantasy, but reality. I'll help you get to know your Mac a little better in this chapter so that you can familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of your particular model and get a bird's-eye view of Mac OS X.

Your Mac comes with some great documentation that can help you get started and can point out all ...

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