In This Chapter
Copying, moving, and duplicating files
Deleting and recovering files
Finding specific files
Using Apple menu commands
Using Services, the Go menu, and menu icons
Listening to audio discs and recording data discs
Printing within Mac OS X applications
After you master basic Mac spell-casting — things like selecting items, using menus, opening and saving documents, working with windows, and launching an application or two — it's time to delve deeper into Mac OS X. (Can you tell I'm a Dungeons & Dragons old-timer?)
In this chapter, I discuss file management, showing you the hidden power behind the friendly Apple menu. I also discuss some of the more advanced menu commands, how to print within most applications, and how to listen to an audio CD on your MacBook. (It makes a doggone good stereo.) Finally, I introduce you to the built-in CD/DVD recording features within the Big X and adding a standard USB printer to your system.
So what exactly is the Finder, anyway? It's a rather nebulous term, but in essence, the Finder gives Mac OS X the basic functions that you use for the procedures I outline in this chapter. This multitasking uber OS has been around in one guise or another since the days of System 6 — the creaking old days when a Mac was an all-in-one, toteable computer with a built-in screen. Come to think of it, some things never change.
The Finder is always running, so ...