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Mac OS® X Leopard™ For Dummies® by LeVitus, Bob, Austin, Texas

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Chapter 1. Mac OS X Leopard 101 (Prerequisites: None)

In This Chapter

  • Understanding what an operating system is and is not

  • Turning on your Mac

  • Getting to know the startup process

  • Turning off your Mac

  • Avoiding major Mac mistakes

  • Pointing, clicking, dragging, and other uses for your mouse

  • Getting help from your Mac

Congratulate yourself on choosing Mac OS X, which stands for Macintosh Operating System X — that's the Roman numeral ten, not the letter X (pronounced ten, not ex). You made a smart move because you scored more than just an operating system upgrade. Mac OS X Leopard includes a plethora of new or improved features to make using your Mac easier and dozens more that help you do more work in less time.

In this chapter, I start at the very beginning and talk about Mac OS X in mostly abstract terms; then I move on to explain important information that you need to know to use Mac OS X Leopard successfully.

If you've been using Mac OS X for a while, you might find some of the information in this chapter hauntingly familiar; some features that I describe haven't changed from earlier versions of Mac OS X. But if you decide to skip this chapter because you think you have all the new stuff figured out, I assure you that you'll miss at least a couple of things that Apple didn't bother to tell you (as if you read every word in Mac OS X Help, the only user manual Apple provides, anyway!).

Tantalized? Let's rock.

If you're about to upgrade to Leopard from an earlier version of Mac OS X, I feel obliged ...

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