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Whether you have inherited an older Macintosh or just bought a brand-new one, you'll get more from it with the assistance of Macs for Dummies. In addition to the fundamental information that has put generations of Mac users on the right track, this latest edition of a long-standing bestseller incorporates information about the newest Mac developments, including Mac OS 8.5 and the iMac.

On top of author David Pogue's coverage of the system itself and Mac hardware, Macs for Dummies shows you how to use all the most popular Mac application programs, including AppleWorks (also known as ClarisWorks) and Microsoft Office. There's also an excellent glossary that helps you figure out jargon you may encounter in manuals and on the Internet.

This book would be better if Pogue had included more about creating local area networks (LANs) for Macs--such networks are popping up in homes and small offices everywhere. Setting up Mac LANs is so easy, it seems unnecessary to relegate information about it to More Macs for Dummies, as Pogue and his publisher have done. But by itself, the information here is extremely valuable, especially for people totally new to computing. Macs for Dummies makes you feel welcome in the Mac community. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Release the power of Mac’s newest OS and multimedia tools!

Work with files, set up a printer, use the iLife® suite, get online, and more

The Mac has become famous as the world’s friendliest computer, but this handy guide will smooth out any rough spots that might arise in your relationship. It takes you from the initial turn-on all the way to cruising the Internet, adding music with iTunes®, fixing problems – and it even helps you get some work done!

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Set up your Mac and establish a password
  • Navigate the desktop and Dock
  • Edit home movies
  • Go wireless
  • Burn CDs and DVDs
  • Perform basic maintenance

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley Publishing; 8 edition (May 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764556568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764556562
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,477,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Pogue is the founder of, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the technology columnist for the New York Times. He's also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS's "NOVA," frequent public speaker, and a science/tech correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning."

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. Having discovered that so many people don't know some of the most fundamental tech techniques on their tech gadgets, he set out in 2014 to write "Pogue's Basics," a single book that attempts to be the driver's ed course for technology.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Brown on November 17, 2000
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The reason I bought this book was that I had been away from Macs since I unplugged my Mac IIcx and put it away. I recognized back then that unless I intended to work exclusively with Mac people, the PC competence was THE one I needed most.
Here in my small town, in the last few months I've had a number of requests for help from Mac people. The local Mac guy isn't getting rave reviews at the moment -- possibly because he has too much work -- so the requests for help that I've referred to him have been bouncing back to me.
Before I took any of these people's money, I wanted to make sure that (1) a computer is still a computer and (2) Macs had not totally morphed into something unrecognizable since I last used one. The book convinced me that the answer to (1) is "yes" and the answer to (2) is "no" (but OS X may change that). This book was a VERY fast read, and gave me those answers.
For me the most valuable part of this book were the two chapters on troubleshooting. They were well written, and certainly covered the range of Mac problems I remember from the IIcx. Time will tell if they cover the range of problems the Mac users here are having right now.
I'm trying to decide which book to read next: the O'Reilley book on Macs for PC people/PCs for Mac people, or the Dummies series book on upgrading and fixing Macs. Obviously one (maybe both) will eventually be necessary.
For the person just starting out with a Mac -- or starting out with computers who is thinking about a Mac -- I think this book would be absolutely first rate. And the book seems to have done the job I required of it just about as painlessly as possible!
It gets five stars from me!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tom Bux on January 18, 2000
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I have owned several PCs, I recently bought an iMac, and pretty much for the most part knew what to do, but I always knew Macs could do more, and be more friendly to use. This book helped perfectly with some basic problems I faced as well as answer some more higher end questions I had. This book will help the computer literate person who need a quick reference for any questions you have, or if you are buying your first computer, this book will make using it easier and more enjoyable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Gabriel on October 10, 2002
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David Pogue has a genius for making the seemingly-complex simple enough for the average person to understand. This is the perfect gift for a writer writing about the Macintosh system; once you get over your intimidation about computers by following Pogue's straightforward and sometimes humorous examples, the user-friendliness of the Mac makes itself obvious, and you're on your way. An excellent, useful book for beginner and seasoned user alike!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tom on April 5, 2001
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I read this book a few years ago when I bought a used Mac Plus at a garage sale. Mr. Pogue put me on track with my old computer in a very short time. After a few few months, my relatives and friends were calling me for advice. In many cases I was able to help using what I learned in this book.
One extra with this book. David pogue is one funny writer. I really enjoyed the humor that went along with all the training.
I soon upgraded my computer. I Emailed the author to thank him and ask for some musical software advice. True to his word he took time to answer my questions. This impresses me that in today's world an author will make a commitment to help his readers past the point of sale of his book. Thanks Mr. Pogue! Great book!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
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The 3rd edition of this wonderful book introduced me to the Mac, finally ending my periodic nervous breakdowns trying to get my PC to do anything useful. The author is really quite witty, and writes very lucidly. Also check out his More Macs for Dummies, and MacWorld MacSecrets (lots of cool software on its CD), as well as Sad Macs, Bombs and Other Disasters by Ted Landau. All you people out there, tired of your PC's net browser getting corrupted, and then paying some smarmy jerk 80 bucks to get it to work? Get a Mac, and the above books, and within a few days you'll be in _control_ of your computer! Tip: on a Mac if Netscape crashes or quits, just drag your Netscape Cache folder to the Trash (in System folder: Preferences: Netscape: Cache). Also, download Netscape Defrost and drop it on your System Folder. This solves my problems about 98% of the time. See Landau's book for more. I keep my Macs online with 2-3 minutes preventive maintenance per week. Trying to keep a PC online? You have my heartfelt sympathy. While you are reloading Netscape or (yuck) Explorer or (yuck-yuck) Windows (it only takes an hour), remember to get a Mac next time. Downtrodden PC proletariat and hoi polloi of all nations: ever wonder why 1/3 of freako netheads drive Macs and why more than 1/2 of all computer enthusiasts prefer Macs, although only 1/10 of all computers are Macs? Now you know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By on March 30, 1999
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This book is by far the best book for beginner Mac users or anyone for that fact. I have had years of experience with Macs and bought the book for my mother. I told her I would read it to see if any of it would help her. I read the whole thing the first day and couldn't put it down. The humor and simplicity of the book made it very easy to read. I would suggest it to anyone even if you already know everything and anything about Macs.
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