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Macs For Dummies® (For Dummies (Computers)) [Kindle Edition]

Edward C. Baig
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Book Description

Updated to cover the new Intel-based Macs, Mac OS X Tiger, and the latest Mac tools and trends, this bestseller includes:

  • Mac basics,
  • customizing a workspace,
  • getting acquainted with Mac OS X, going online,
  • working with iLife applications,
  • setting up e-mail,
  • connecting an iPod to a Mac,
  • turning a Mac into a fax machine,
  • troubleshooting,
  • security,
  • and more.

USA Today Personal Technology columnist Edward Baig, a longtime technology writer who appears regularly on TV, radio, and at major industry trade shows, has rewritten this edition from scratch ensuring you get the up-to-date information you need.

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Editorial Reviews


"For anyone new to Mac...Mac for Dummies is a must buy." (, December 2006)

From the Back Cover

Release the power of your new Intel-based Mac!

Take an online Safari, see who you're iChatting with, or pack a Mac laptop

Simply Mac-nificent — all the cool things your new Mac can do! This handy guide helps you make the most of every model. Find out how to use all the cool software that's included, start a GarageBand, download music and video to iTunes, brush up on Bluetooth, and a whole lot more. The fun begins right here!

Discover how to

  • Set up and configure your Mac
  • Go wireless with AirPort
  • Stay in touch using iChat AV
  • Edit and share your digital photos
  • Create and capture podcasts
  • Troubleshoot problems and protect your Mac

Product Details

  • File Size: 3892 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 9 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001B8NWBE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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134 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the technologically challenged April 28, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I didn't purchase this book the first time around. Instead, I purchased Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, because that was exactly what I was doing. When it arrived I dove in, thinking it would answer all my questions. WHOA! Way over my head! I'm sure the book is brilliant but unfortunately, I'm not! I gave it to my husband and had him read it instead. I immediately ordered the more lowly rated Mac for Dummies and gave a big sigh of relief upon reading a few pages in it. Now this was something I could understand. My point is, if you're like me and do well negotiating the web, sending emails and doing a little word processing this book is for you. All I want to know is how the heck to I put someone's email address in my new address book. The other day I got fed up with that little bar that's at the bottom of my screen when I go into Safari - the one with all the icons. I was also frustrated because I couldn't get the whole page to take up the entire screen. Guess what - a little reading in my Mac for Dummies and I not only had that little bar off to the side of the screen, but I figured out how to keep it hidden so that it would pop out only when I needed it! I also figured out how to make the web page take up the whole screen. Print on the screen to small? I enlarged it! This may sound like small stuff to you techies out there, but to a middle aged mom who is completely befuddled by this stuff it was a minor miracle! I had used my PC for so many years that small stuff like this became easy for me. All of a sudden everything was difficult. So for those of you out there who are reading this and going "yeah, I'm right with you", grab this book when you buy your new Mac. For the rest of you, grab Switching to the Mac. They're both excellent books, depending upon your abilities.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for "switchers" and those new to computing February 27, 2007
For years I was exclusively a Windows user, but recently I bought a new MacBook Pro. When one is steeped in the terms and methods of another computer operating system, it's not an altogether easy task to relearn it all overnight. I got another book, "Switching to the Mac," and good as it is I found it a bit too deep and convoluted for where I was at the moment. Then I picked up "Macs for Dummies." The more I read it the more I liked it. Sure, there's a bit of the cute and trite - that's the style that has made this line of books famous and hugely successful after all - but nicely folded into the mix is an easily understood set of descriptions that walks one through how to use a Mac, from the most basic nuts and bolts like turning it on and off, to managing the core (core, get it?) functions of the operating system, and using the iLife serious of "lifestyle" programs. Then it's on to broader discussions of internet communication concepts, networking, dealing with problems, and a nice overview of ten indispensable Mac web sites.

The result is the best "Dummies" book I know of. There are two sorts of persons I think would benefit most from this book: someone totally new to computing (young or old) whose first computer is a Mac; and someone (like me) who has years of experience with PCs and needs a simple but broad-ranging assist in making the platform transition. One other consideration; some learn better with pictures than words. While this book has lots of pictures, the real meat is in the text, so it serves better the person who absorbs information best in that fashion rather than one who is more "visually" oriented.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, especially for those converting from PC to Mac January 12, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lots of good tips to get you started. Accurate and easy to follow. However, if you were as excited as I was to get your new iMac, chances are you figured out much of what this book has to offer during the time it took for Amazon to ship it. I found the Apple Training Series library to be more what I had in mind. Those books have color pics, and are better in a tutorial/training sense. But they're at least double the price. Am I glad I bought the Mac for Dummies anyway? Yes. Money well spent. Good luck. And CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING A MAC!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info on Macs June 10, 2007
Helped a lot when I first got my Mac (Apple) computer.... Easy to find an answer when needed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to read October 21, 2007
easy to read and understand. Its like your sitting right next to a REAL person teaching you about MAC use. However, it would be good if there was more info on the "tricks" of for instance transfering data from your PC or transfering songs from a ipod (that was pc formatted) into your mac. Then again, that could be a whole new book. This is the nuts and bolts of operating a mac. Pretty good and served its purpose anyway.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good voiume for the beginner in iMac January 24, 2008
An excellent book for the beginner in the use of Macs. Language is clear and avoids the use of computer jargon. Not too detailed so as to lose the beginner in the intricacies of computer operation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars from a PC to a Mac February 18, 2009
This book is helping me make the adjustment from my PC to a Mac....I don't feel as frustrated as I was before !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mac for dummies May 8, 2009
decent instruction for the computer beginner....some of the supposedly humorous comments get a bit tedious
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4.0 out of 5 stars as described
good beginners book
Published 3 months ago by Sigmada
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Mario R. Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro for new Mac users
This will help me to "learn" a new way to use computers, very good descriptions, and well laid out. Helpful!
Published on March 25, 2013 by T Bergendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book.
I didn't realize that all Dummies books are not created equal. I have this book and it is awesome. I just bought a second (not on Amazon) and it is written by a different author... Read more
Published on December 11, 2012 by K. M. Kramer
4.0 out of 5 stars Macs for Dummies
The was as advertised. It arrived in the specified time and in good condition. Thank you.
Thomas Howell
Published on December 16, 2008 by Thomas D. Howell
1.0 out of 5 stars Well Titled
Truly for dummies, but not for users. I am very disappointed in this, and sorry I purchased it.
Published on May 28, 2008 by Thomas P. Cullen
2.0 out of 5 stars Macs for Dummies, you have to be REALLY Dumb....
Although Macs for Dummies isn't extremely helpful, learning Leopard for Dummies is extremely helpful both as a read cover to cover and a reference.
Published on May 27, 2008 by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I haven't had my Mac for long, but this book will really help.
I've owned a PC for years and wanted to know what people were doing on their Macs. This book was recomended to answer all my questions.
Published on October 31, 2007 by Kim C. Fagan
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't cover the Mac Pro
I didn't purchase this book because when I looked through it in the bookstore, I was disappointed to read that the author doesn't cover Apple's fastest computer, the Mac Pro. Read more
Published on July 22, 2007 by Bakari Chavanu
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