Take Control of Catalina

Book description

Whether you’re a beginner or an old hand, you’ll find useful tips in this detailed guide to macOS 10.15. Take Control of Catalina helps you find your way around, use all the major features of Catalina, and adjust settings and preferences to your liking.

Scholle introduces you to new capabilities such as Voice Control, Continuity Sketch (for importing a drawing from your iPad or iPhone straight into a Mac document), Sidecar (for using an iPad as an external display), better tools for managing your Apple ID and iCloud Family Sharing, and a variety of updated built-in apps.

You’ll also discover lots of helpful tips on using Catalina, including how to:

  • Sync iOS and iPadOS devices using the Finder (now that iTunes is gone)
  • Keep your Mac safe from malware, keyloggers, and thieves with new privacy and security features
  • Take advantage of Safari features, including easier-to-access Picture in Picture, open tabs in search results, and additional site-by-site preferences
  • Use the new Find My app to find your Apple devices and your friends
  • Keep track of tasks (alone or with other people) in the revamped Reminders app
  • Search for, edit, and share notes in new ways with the updated Notes app
  • Use your iPad as an external display for your Mac
  • Troubleshoot common problems

Plus, version 1.1 now features four new chapters, covering:

  • The little things in Catalina (a tour of the best small-but-interesting changes)
  • The iTunes replacements (the new Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV apps)
  • How to control your Mac with your voice in ways that go far beyond Siri
  • Using Screen Time to keep tabs on your kids’ online lives, monitoring and limiting access to categories of apps across all their Apple devices

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Table of contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 1.1
  2. Introduction
  3. What’s New in Catalina?
    1. The Finder
    2. System-Wide Tools
    3. Apple Apps
    4. Cross-Device Features
    5. Privacy Protections
  4. Get Up to Speed with Finder Updates
    1. Automatically Switch Between Light and Dark Mode
    2. Access View Options More Easily
    3. Sync and Back Up Devices from the Finder Sidebar
  5. Protect Your Privacy
    1. Control Apps’ Access to Files
    2. Prevent Keylogging and Screen Recording
    3. Protect a Missing Mac
  6. Discover the Little Things in Catalina
    1. Mute Over-Active Mail Message Threads
    2. Block Mail Messages from a Sender
    3. Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists
    4. Zoom In on Tiny Text
    5. Zoom Your Display
    6. Compensate for Color Blindness
    7. Sync VoiceOver Settings with iCloud
    8. Access New Language Options
  7. Update Your Safari Smarts
    1. Get Your Surfing Off to a Better Start
    2. Get Easy Access to Picture in Picture
    3. See Open Tabs in Search Results
    4. Set More Site-by-Site Preferences
  8. Stay on Task with Reminders
    1. See the Big Picture with Smart Lists
    2. Customize Your Lists’ Look
    3. Create Detailed Reminders More Easily
    4. Get a Reminder When Messaging
    5. Nest Reminders
    6. Group Related Reminder Lists
    7. Add Images to Your Reminders
  9. Note Your Thoughts in Catalina
    1. Find More with Enhanced Search Tools
    2. Gallery View
    3. Try New Checklist Options
    4. Share Notes Folders
    5. Share View-Only Notes and Folders
  10. Meet the iTunes Replacements
    1. Listen to Music in the Music App
    2. Experience Audiobooks in Books
    3. Watch Videos in the TV App
    4. Listen to Podcasts in the Podcasts App
  11. Control Your Mac with Your Voice
    1. Set Up Voice Control
    2. Get Started with Commands
    3. Dictate with Voice Control
  12. Keep Track of It All with Find My
    1. Get Set Up
    2. Label Popular Places
    3. Schedule a Notification
    4. Find Offline Devices
  13. Move Easily Between Your Devices
    1. New! Use an iPad as a Second Display
    2. New! Insert Sketches into Docs
    3. Unlock Your Mac with Your Apple Watch
    4. New! Approve on Apple Watch
    5. Switch Between Devices with Handoff
    6. Insert iPhone Shots into Docs
    7. Copy and Paste Between Devices with Universal Clipboard
    8. Turn Your Mac into a Speakerphone
  14. Manage Your Apple ID
    1. Get an Overview
    2. Update Your Personal Info
    3. Keep Your Account Secure
    4. Deal with Payment and Shipping
    5. Work with iCloud Preferences
    6. Manage Media & Purchases Settings
    7. Keep Track of Your Devices
  15. Use iCloud Family Sharing
    1. Set Up Family Sharing
    2. Make Adjustments to Family Sharing
    3. Share an iCloud Storage Plan
    4. Share More Services with the Family
    5. Share Family Reminders
    6. Share a Family Calendar
    7. Share a Family Photo Album
    8. Stop Family Sharing
    9. Transfer a Child to Another Family
  16. Control Screen Time
    1. Turn On Screen Time
    2. See Where the Time Goes
    3. Set Up a Downtime Schedule
    4. Make Downtime Exceptions
    5. Set Limits for Apps and Categories
    6. Filter Out Inappropriate Content
  17. Troubleshoot Mac Problems
    1. Zap a Frozen App
    2. Solve Slowdowns
    3. Tame Troubled Startups
    4. Try Disk Utility’s First Aid
    5. Turn to macOS Recovery
  18. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  19. Copyright and Fine Print

Product information

  • Title: Take Control of Catalina
  • Author(s): Scholle McFarland
  • Release date: October 2019
  • Publisher(s): Take Control Books
  • ISBN: 9781947282421