Macs All-in-One For Dummies, 6th Edition

Book description

The huge reference guide you need to use the full power of your Mac

Macs All-in-One For Dummies truly covers it all. This complete reference guide contains five books in one, so you can learn all your Mac is capable of. You’ll get a complete understanding of your computer, so you can use it for pleasure or business, become a multimedia master, surf the web like a pro, troubleshoot problems as they arise, and so much besides. This latest edition is updated for the newest version of macOS, the hottest apps, and the just-released Macs. Running an older Mac? Don’t worry, this book won’t leave you behind. Everything you need to do on your Mac can be learned with the help of Macs All-in-One For Dummies.

  • Learn your way around your Mac and customize all the macOS features
  • Discover the newest features (and the returning classics) so you can make the most of your machine
  • Beef up your security, stay safe while surfing the web, and figure it out when things go wrong
  • Use your computer to work, play, create videos, keep in touch, and everything else

Computer users who are switching to a Mac for the first time, as well as previous Mac users who are upgrading to the newest model, need a guide for getting the most out of their powerful computer. This is that guide.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. Foolish Assumptions
    3. Icons Used in This Book
    4. Beyond the Book
    5. Where to Go from Here
  5. Book 1: Getting Started with Your Mac
    1. Chapter 1: From Go to Whoa: Getting to Know Your Mac
      1. The Parts Department: Touring Your Mac’s Hardware
      2. Cranking Up Your Mac
      3. Making Your Mac Do Your Bidding: Mouse, Trackpad, and Keyboard Basics
      4. Turning Off Your Mac
    2. Chapter 2: Touring the Screen
      1. Getting to Know the Desktop
      2. Looking at Menus, Dialogs, and Windows
      3. Getting Acquainted with Siri
    3. Chapter 3: Getting Your Mac Online
      1. Introducing Your Mac to the Internet
      2. Establishing Your Apple Identity
      3. Storing Your Data in iCloud
      4. Adding Even More Accounts
    4. Chapter 4: Fiddling with Files and Folders
      1. Getting to Know Finder
      2. Navigating Your Mac’s Devices and Folders
      3. Taking in the View: Working with Finder’s Views
      4. Organizing 101: Forging Folders
      5. Playing Tag: Classifying Files and Folders for Quick Access
      6. Fiddling with Files and Folders
      7. Zip, Zip: Archiving Files and Folders
      8. Searching for Lost Files
      9. Deleting a File or Folder
    5. Chapter 5: Managing Apps
      1. Firing Up an App
      2. Flitting from One App to Another
      3. Working in Split-View Mode
      4. Quittin’ Time: Shutting Down an App
      5. Alter Egos: Creating Aliases for Documents
      6. Messing with Dock Icons
      7. Organizing Multiple Desktops with Spaces
      8. Welcoming New Apps to Your Mac
      9. Updating Apps and System Software
      10. Uninstalling Apps
      11. Paying Attention to App Security
    6. Chapter 6: Changing How Your Mac Looks, Sounds, and Feels
      1. Navigating System and App Settings
      2. Trying Out a New Desktop Wallpaper
      3. Setting Up a Screen Saver
      4. Remodeling the Display
      5. Renovating the Dock, Menu Bar, and Control Center
      6. Setting the Date and Time
      7. Fine-Tuning Sounds
      8. Putting the “No” in Notifications
    7. Chapter 7: Making Your Mac More Accessible
      1. Mitigating Vision Limitations
      2. Compensating for Hearing Limitations
      3. Overcoming Physical Challenges
      4. Getting on Speaking Terms with Your Mac
  6. Book 2: Using the Internet
    1. Chapter 1: Wandering the Web
      1. Surf’s Up: Browsing Websites
      2. Surfing Techniques
      3. Distraction-Free Reading with Reader View
      4. One-Window Surfing: Browsing with Tabs
      5. Setting Your Safari Home Page
      6. Scouring Web Page Text
    2. Chapter 2: Order Out of Chaos: Organizing Web Pages
      1. Saving Sites for Subsequent Surfs: Managing Bookmarks
      2. Setting up a Web Page Reading List
      3. Accessing Links Shared with You via Text
      4. Allowing Safari to Store Passwords, Credit Cards, and Other Personal Info
      5. Enhancing Online Security and Privacy
      6. “Check This Out”: Sharing a Web Page
      7. From out There to in Here: Downloading Files
    3. Chapter 3: Exchanging Messages with Mail
      1. Inspecting the Mail Window
      2. Shipping Out Emails
      3. Receiving and Reading Email
    4. Chapter 4: Getting More Out of Mail
      1. “Where’s Waldo’s Message?” Searching Your Email
      2. Getting Mail to Remind You to Deal with a Message
      3. Creating a Mailbox to Store Related Messages
      4. Organizing on Autopilot: Creating Smart Mailboxes
      5. Organizing on Autopilot, Part 2: Creating Rules
      6. Dealing with Junk Email
      7. Deleting or Archiving a Message
    5. Chapter 5: Chatting with Messages and FaceTime
      1. Getting the Messages Party Started
      2. Texting and More with Messages
      3. Making Calls with FaceTime
    6. Chapter 6: Exploring the World with Maps
      1. Wherever You Go, There You Are
      2. Navigating Maps
      3. Navigating Your World
  7. Book 3: Beyond the Basics
    1. Chapter 1: Backing Up and Restoring Your Data
      1. Using iCloud to Store Your Data
      2. Blasting into the Past: Backing Up with Time Machine
      3. Moving Your Backup from an Old Mac to a New Mac
    2. Chapter 2: Protecting Your Mac against Local and Remote Threats
      1. Battening Down Your Mac’s Hatches with a Password
      2. Securing Your Mac with the Touch of a Finger: Using Touch ID
      3. Encrypting Data with FileVault
      4. Blocking the Bad Guys with a Firewall
      5. Cranking Up Your Privacy Settings
    3. Chapter 3: Sharing Your Mac
      1. Populating Your Mac with Multiple Users
      2. All in the Family: Organizing Family Sharing
      3. Using Screen Time to Achieve Mac-Life Balance
    4. Chapter 4: Networking Your Mac
      1. Creating a Wired Network
      2. “Look, Ma, No Wires!” Setting Up a Wireless Network
      3. Connecting Devices Using the Magic of Bluetooth
    5. Chapter 5: Sharing Files and Resources on a Network
      1. Sharing Files and Folders with Folks from Afar
      2. Sharing Audio and Video
      3. Sharing Printers
      4. Sharing Your Screen
    6. Chapter 6: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
      1. Routine Mac Maintenance
      2. Shutting Down a Crashed App
      3. General Hardware Troubleshooting Techniques
      4. Mac Hardware Problems (and Their Solutions)
  8. Book 4: Using Your Mac as a Media Center
    1. Chapter 1: Tuning In and Listening with Music
      1. Getting Comfy with the Music App
      2. Playing Your Music
      3. Curating Your Music with Playlists
      4. Listening to the Radio
      5. Shopping for Music at the iTunes Store
    2. Chapter 2: Enjoying Podcasts, News, and TV
      1. Finding and Playing Podcasts
      2. Reading the News: Extra, Extra, Read All about It!
      3. Watching TV on Your Mac
    3. Chapter 3: Reading and Listening to Books on Your Mac
      1. Understanding E-book Formats
      2. Launching the Books App
      3. Touring the Sidebar
      4. Browsing the Book Store
      5. Adding E-books and PDFs from Other Sources
      6. Reading by Screen Light
      7. Now Hear This: Listening to Audiobooks
    4. Chapter 4: Picture Perfect: Working with Photos
      1. Understanding Digital Photography
      2. Transferring Digital Images to the Mac
      3. Organizing Your Photo Library
      4. Capturing Photos with Photo Booth
      5. Editing Photos with Photos
      6. Sharing Photos
  9. Book 5: Taking Care of Business
    1. Chapter 1: Managing Contacts
      1. Setting Up Contacts
      2. Messing with Your Contacts
      3. Sharing Your Contacts
    2. Chapter 2: Tracking Events and Tasks
      1. Getting Acquainted with Calendar
      2. Working with Multiple Calendars
      3. It’s a Date: Creating an Event
      4. Editing an Event
      5. Keeping Your Events Organized
      6. Getting Things Done with Reminders
    3. Chapter 3: Crafting Fancy-Schmancy Documents with Pages
      1. Getting a Head Start with Document Templates
      2. Messing Around with Text
      3. Corralling Text into Text Boxes
      4. Faster Formatting with Styles
      5. Crafting Charts and Tables in Pages
      6. Polishing Your Document
      7. Exporting to a Different File Format
    4. Chapter 4: Producing Persuasive Presentations with Keynote
      1. Getting Your Presentation Off the Ground
      2. Manipulating Text
      3. Adding Shapes, Charts, and Tables
      4. Rearranging Slides
      5. Creating Transitions and Effects
      6. Editing Slide Layouts to Customize Themes
      7. Polishing Your Presentation
    5. Chapter 5: Crunching with Numbers
      1. Touring the Numbers Window
      2. Building a Spreadsheet: The Basics
      3. Creating a Spreadsheet with Your Bare Hands
      4. Messing Around with Sheets
      5. Populating Tables with Data
      6. Sharing Your Spreadsheet
    6. Chapter 6: Getting More Out of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers
      1. Collaborating with Colleagues
      2. Inserting Media from Other Sources
      3. Copying and Pasting
      4. Modifying Photos
      5. Adding Comments
      6. Finding More Templates
  10. Index
  11. About the Author
  12. Advertisement Page
  13. Connect with Dummies
  14. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Macs All-in-One For Dummies, 6th Edition
  • Author(s): Paul McFedries
  • Release date: January 2023
  • Publisher(s): For Dummies
  • ISBN: 9781119932765