Chapter 5. Using the Finder

It can be fun to poke around at the Unix command line, but let’s be honest—the reason why you got a Mac wasn’t so you could use Unix. If that’s what you were after, you could have just installed Linux for free on a cheap PC.

No—the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X are neat, and they can be really useful to delve into directly, but they’re only a small part of what makes the Mac what it is. The majority of the cool tricks you’re going to discover as a Mac user are, in fact, things you can do in the GUI layer, the part of the system that everybody’s used to seeing. It’s designed to be a flexible and tweakable interface to your data, just like the Unix layer is—and there’s plenty more you can do with a mouse than with a keyboard ...

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