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OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Documents in the Cloud

Truth is, “cloud” is an annoying buzzword. Most of the time, when people say “in the cloud,” they mean “online” or “on the Internet”—terms that have served us perfectly well for years.

In any case, it’s true: You can now save your files online, into an iCloud storage locker. The advantage here is that your file is now available for opening or editing from any computer you use, including iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

Only a few programs offer this option—and, at the outset, only Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Preview, and TextEdit.

Tip

If you’d rather not see the iCloud buttons shown in Figure 5-31, open System Preferences→iCloud and turn off Documents and Data. That makes the iCloud option disappear from the Save and Open boxes.

In fact, in Mavericks, you can use the Options button (in that same System Preferences panel) to turn off iCloud saving for individual programs, so that some do and some don’t.

Saving, Opening, and Moving Files

Using this feature couldn’t be simpler:

  • Save a document to iCloud by choosing File→Save in the usual way. When the Save box appears, choose iCloud from the Where pop-up menu (Figure 5-31, top), if it’s not already selected. Or choose an iCloud folder’s name, if you’ve made one.

    Top: iCloud-aware programs like TextEdit propose saving new documents online.Bottom: When you click the iCloud button in the top-left corner of the Open box, you see all the documents you’ve saved online, from newest to oldest. You can switch between list and icon views (lower left). You can create folders by dragging one icon onto another. You can even send these documents to others, using the button.

    Figure 5-31. Top: iCloud-aware programs like TextEdit propose ...

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