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MacBook For Dummies, 7th Edition

Book Description

Get the most out of your MacBook

Your new MacBook is sleek and powerful, and this down-to-earth guide makes it easier than ever to navigate, personalize, and maximize what it can help you accomplish. From taking it out of the box and turning it on for the first time to file storage and security, to downloading apps and working with iCloud, MacBook For Dummies helps you discover—all in one place—everything your laptop can do.

Ultra-light, ultra-fast, and ultra-powerful, the MacBook is the coolest laptop around, and longtime Mac guru Mark L. Chambers is just the guy you want showing you the ropes. Inside, he shows you how to navigate the Mac desktop, customize your settings, surf the web and set up email, hook into a network, transfer your important documents from another PC or Mac, and troubleshoot with ease. You'll also get the inside scoop on the fun stuff like FaceTime video calling, Messages, Reminders, photos, videos, music, the Mac App Store, and more.

  • Explore the new OS X
  • Be productive with Keynote and Pages
  • Get creative with Photos and iMovie
  • Find tips for maintenance and security

Whether you're a PC convert or a seasoned Apple enthusiast, this book helps you get the most of your magnificent MacBook!

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. Foolish Assumptions
      2. About This Book
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Tie Myself Down with a Desktop? Preposterous!
      1. Chapter 1: Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need
        1. An Overview of Your Mac Laptop
        2. Meet the MacBooks
        3. Location, Location, Location!
        4. Unpacking and Connecting Your Laptop
        5. Great, a Lecture about Handling My Laptop
        6. An Overview of Mac Software Goodness
        7. Other Stuff That Nearly Everyone Wants
      2. Chapter 2: Turning On Your Portable Powerhouse
        1. Tales of the On Button
        2. Mark’s Favorite Signs of a Healthy Laptop
        3. You Won’t Lecture Me about Batteries, Will You?
        4. Setting Up and Registering Your Laptop
        5. Importing Stuff from Another Mac
        6. Importing Stuff from Windows (If You Must)
      3. Chapter 3: The MacBook Owner’s Introduction to macOS High Sierra
        1. Your Own Personal Operating System
        2. Wait a Second: Where the Heck Are the Mouse Buttons?
        3. Launching and Quitting Applications with Aplomb
        4. Performing Tricks with Finder Windows
        5. Juggling Folders and Icons
        6. Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts to Fame and Fortune
        7. Home, Sweet Home Folder
        8. Working with Mission Control, Spaces, and Dashboard
        9. Personalizing Your Desktop
        10. Customizing the Dock
        11. What’s with the Trash?
        12. All You Really Need to Know about Printing
        13. And Just in Case You Need Help …
    4. Part 2: Shaking Hands with macOS High Sierra
      1. Chapter 4: What’s New in macOS High Sierra?
        1. Under the Hood: The New Apple File System
        2. Under the Hood: Better Video
        3. Under the Hood: Improved Graphics and Virtual Reality
        4. Adding Functionality to Photos
        5. Improved Siri to the Rescue
        6. Banish Scams and Advertisements!
        7. Sharing the Joy of iCloud Drive
        8. Away with Autoplay Videos!
      2. Chapter 5: A Nerd’s Guide to System Preferences
        1. An Explanation — without Jargon, No Less
        2. Locating That Certain Special Setting
        3. Popular Preferences Panes Explained
      3. Chapter 6: Sifting Through Your Stuff
        1. Doing a Basic Search
        2. How Cool Is That? Discovering What Spotlight Can Do
        3. Expanding Your Search Horizons
        4. Customizing Spotlight to Your Taste
      4. Chapter 7: Using Reminders, Notes, Notifications, and Maps
        1. Remind Me to Use Reminders
        2. Taking Notes the High Sierra Way
        3. Staying Current with Notification Center
        4. Introducing the Maps Application
        5. Switching Views in Maps
        6. Getting Directions Over Yonder
    5. Part 3: Connecting and Communicating
      1. Chapter 8: Let’s Go on Safari!
        1. Pretend You’ve Never Used This Thing
        2. Visiting Websites
        3. Navigating the Web
        4. Setting Up Your Home Page
        5. Adding and Using Bookmarks
        6. Working with the Reading List
        7. Downloading Files
        8. Using History
        9. Tabs Are Your Browsing Friends
        10. Printing Web Pages
        11. Protecting Your Privacy
      2. Chapter 9: iCloud Is Made for MacBooks
        1. So How Does iCloud Work, Anyway?
        2. Moving, Saving, and Opening iCloud Documents
        3. Putting Handoff to Work
        4. Configuring iCloud
        5. Managing Your iCloud Storage
      3. Chapter 10: Your Laptop Goes Multiuser
        1. Once Upon a Time (An Access Fairy Tale)
        2. Big-Shot Administrator Stuff
        3. Mundane Chores for the Multiuser Laptop
      4. Chapter 11: Working Well with Networks
        1. What Exactly Is the Network Advantage?
        2. Should You Go Wired or Wireless?
        3. Be a Pal: Share Your Internet!
        4. What Do I Need to Connect?
        5. Connecting to the Network
        6. USE YOUR FIREWALL!
    6. Part 4: Living the iLife
      1. Chapter 12: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes
        1. What Can I Play on iTunes?
        2. Playing an Audio CD
        3. Playing Digital Audio Files
        4. Watching Video
        5. Keeping Slim Whitman and Slim Shady Apart: Organizing with Playlists
        6. Know Your Songs
        7. Ripping Audio Files
        8. Tweaking the Audio for Your Ears
        9. A New Kind of Radio Station
        10. iTunes and iCloud Together
        11. iSending iStuff to iPod, iPhone, and iPad
        12. Sharing Your Media Across Your Network
        13. Burning Music to Shiny Plastic Circles
        14. Feasting on iTunes Visuals
        15. Exercising Parental Authority
        16. Buying Digital Media the Apple Way
      2. Chapter 13: Focusing on Photos
        1. Delving into Photos
        2. Working with Images in Photos
        3. Producing Your Own Coffee-Table Masterpiece
        4. Exploring iCloud Photo Library
        5. Putting My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing to Work
      3. Chapter 14: Making Film History with iMovie
        1. Shaking Hands with the iMovie Window
        2. A Bird’s-Eye View of Moviemaking
        3. Importing the Building Blocks
        4. Building the Cinematic Basics
        5. Creating an Honest-to-Goodness Movie Trailer
        6. Sharing Your Finished Classic with Others
      4. Chapter 15: Recording Your Hits with GarageBand
        1. Shaking Hands with Your Band
        2. Composing Made Easy
        3. Sharing Your Songs
    7. Part 5: Getting Productive and Maintaining Your MacBook
      1. Chapter 16: Desktop Publishing with Pages
        1. Creating a New Pages Document
        2. Open an Existing Pages Document
        3. Saving Your Work
        4. Touring the Pages Window
        5. Entering and Editing Text
        6. Using Text, Shapes, and Graphics Boxes
        7. The Three Amigos: Cut, Copy, and Paste
        8. Formatting Text the Easy Way
        9. Adding a Spiffy Table
        10. Adding Alluring Photos
        11. Adding a Background Shape
        12. Are You Sure about That Spelling?
        13. Printing Your Pages Documents
        14. Sharing That Poster with Others
      2. Chapter 17: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers
        1. Before You Launch Numbers …
        2. Creating a New Numbers Document
        3. Opening an Existing Spreadsheet File
        4. Save Those Spreadsheets!
        5. Exploring the Numbers Window
        6. Navigating and Selecting Cells in a Spreadsheet
        7. Entering and Editing Data in a Spreadsheet
        8. Selecting the Correct Number Format
        9. Aligning Cell Text Just So
        10. Formatting with Shading
        11. Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
        12. The Formula Is Your Friend
        13. Adding Visual Punch with a Chart
        14. Printing Your Spreadsheet
      3. Chapter 18: Building Presentations with Keynote
        1. Creating a New Keynote Project
        2. Opening a Keynote Presentation
        3. Saving Your Presentation
        4. Putting Keynote to Work
        5. Adding Slides
        6. Working with Text, Shapes and Graphics Boxes
        7. Adding and Editing Slide Text
        8. Formatting Slide Text for the Perfect Look
        9. Using Presenter’s Notes in Your Project
        10. Every Good Presentation Needs Media
        11. Adding a Background Shape
        12. Creating Your Keynote Slideshow
        13. Printing Your Slides and Notes
      4. Chapter 19: When Good Mac Laptops Go Bad
        1. Repeat after Me: Yes, I Am a Tech!
        2. Step-by-Step Laptop Troubleshooting
        3. Okay, I Kicked It, and It Still Won’t Work
        4. And Now… Windows?
      5. Chapter 20: Adding New Stuff to Your Laptop
        1. More Memory Will Help
        2. Considering a Hard Drive Upgrade?
        3. A List of Dreamy Laptop Add-Ons
      6. Chapter 21: Tackling the Housekeeping
        1. Cleaning Unseemly Data Deposits
        2. Backing Up Your Treasure
        3. Maintaining Hard Drive Health
        4. Automating Those Mundane Chores
        5. Updating macOS Automatically
    8. Part 6: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 22: Ten Laptop Rules to Follow
        1. Keep Your Laptop in a Bag
        2. Maximize Your RAM
        3. Install a Tracker Application
        4. Keepeth Thy Drive Encrypted
        5. Brand Your MacBook
        6. Disable Your Wireless
        7. Take a Surge Protector with You
        8. Use Power-Saving Features
        9. Use an External Keyboard and Mouse
        10. Not Again! What Is It with You and Backing Up?
      2. Chapter 23: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague
        1. USB 1.1 Storage Devices
        2. Phishing Operations
        3. Oddly Shaped Optical Discs
        4. Submerged Keyboards
        5. Antiquated Utility Software
        6. Software Piracy
        7. The Forbidden Account
        8. Unsecured Wireless Connections
        9. Refurbished Hardware
        10. Dirty Laptops
    9. About the Authors
    10. Connect with Dummies
    11. End User License Agreement