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Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS by Brad Miser

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Lesson 2 Working on the Lion Desktop

In this lesson, you learn how to use the Lion desktop so you can work efficiently with your Mac.

Navigating the Desktop

The desktop is where all your Mac activities start; the Finder is the Mac application that provides the desktop and controls what you can do there. Figure 2.1 shows a typical desktop. The major elements with which you work are described in the following list:

Apple menu. In the upper-left corner of the desktop is the Apple menu. As you learned in Lesson 1, “Getting Started with Mac OS X Lion,” this menu is always on the far left end of the menu bar and contains system-level commands, such as those you use to shut down your Mac.

Menu bar. At the top of the desktop is the menu bar. The ...

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