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OS X Mountain Lion For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1118394182
ISBN-10: 1118394186
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From the Back Cover

Get to know OS X Mountain Lion and make the most of your Mac

Ready to make the leap up to Mountain Lion? It's the most nimble, feature-packed version of OS X yet. Whether you're upgrading or a brand-new Mac user, Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has just the prescription to help you get started and reach peak performance with all the amazing features in OS X Mountain Lion.

  • The basics — from the mouse and menus to the Desktop and the Dock, learn how to navigate the depths of OS X safely and perform basic tasks
  • Tame the Mountain Lion — organize your info with files and folders, and your life with Notification Center, Calendar, Contacts, and Mail
  • Surfin' Safari — set up your Internet connection and e-mail, manage spam, surf with Safari, and chit-chat with Messages and FaceTime®
  • Multimedia madness — enjoy songs, movies, podcasts, photos, and videos, and create, print, and fax documents
  • Care and feeding — set up a network and share files, printers, and Internet connections, back up files and update your software, and troubleshoot problems away

Open the book and find:

  • How to customize the Dock and Finder
  • Tips for setting up your keyboard, mouse, and trackpad
  • Advice on backing up with Time Machine®
  • How to save time with Spotlight, Mission Control, and Launchpad
  • Ways to keep in touch using Messages
  • Ideas for managing appointments and projects with Reminders
  • Frank talk about Text to Speech, speech recognition, and Dictation
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting solutions

Learn to:

  • Work with Messages, Reminders, and iCloud
  • Go online, set up your e-mail, and surf the web with Safari®
  • Enjoy music, movies, DVDs, and digital photos on your Mac

IN FULL COLOR!

About the Author

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is among the world's leading authorities on the iPad, iPhone, and OS X. He's been one of the Mac community's most trusted gurus for more than 25 years and has written or cowritten more than 60 books. He is also a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118394186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118394182
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All 3 of these books are very helpful but they are targeted at different users. Just as Lion users got used to the new system, Mountain Lion came along and changed some of the newer stuff again.

Teach Yourself Visually is for those who learn by color photos- seeing where to select what, step by numbered step, quick and easy with little explanation. This book is helpful for novices but also great for most Mac people. For Dummies finally has some colored photos but is more text (talking you through when or why you would use a feature). If you are new to the Mac this is the best book for you. The Missing Manual is loaded with details for the medium to advanced user. It contains far more details about the internet, iCloud, and video.

All 3 books fail to cover everything. For example, For Dummies trumps the other 2 for its explanation and shortcuts using Mission Control. With an Apple aluminum keyboard you just hold the Control key while using the Arrow Up to sort by application, Arrow Down to see all the docs in a singular application, and a 2nd Down Arrow to show a horizontal list all recently opened docs. Right/left arrows put a blue outline around the active doc and Enter will bring it to the front.The others steer you toward using F-key combinations. All the books missed the shortcut to activate Save As instead of Duplicate and then rename. In many apps you can hold the option key then click the File Menu. Save As will be a Menu-item. The Missing Manual is the only one that tells you that if you hold a key down you do not get repeating letters but a palette of alternative accented versions of that letter. Also, you can forego buying MS Word by using Text Edit which is compatible.
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The usefulness of this book will depend in large part on how much experience the reader has with Apple computers in general. For those who are new to the ecosystem, it will probably be very helpful -- it covers a number of broad topics that apply to Apple computers in general, as well as the new features in Mountain Lion. But for confirmed Appleheads who want a bit of help with the latest version, this book is not that helpful -- at least it wasn't for me. Most of the book is stuff that I already know, the bits on new features in the software didn't create many "aha!" moments, and the hard questions don't even get noted. For that, I had to go to the on-line forums, and/or call Applecare. Everytime a new Apple product or big software upgrade comes out, I rush forth and buy a "For Dummies" guide. This is probably a conditioned response of the print-dependant. Maybe sometime I will get over it.
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Bob LeVitus' books are always helpful and this one is no exception. I had preferred print additions to look at while learning an OS on the device I am using. Having the book on my iPad almost works as well as having the printed addition but it isn't really as portable. The iPhone is always handy but the printed book over all works the best. Download the book to your Kindle app and it is available on all your Apple Devices with the free App. Open the book on any device and you are asked if you want to go to the spot where you left off. That is really cool. Having the book on the Mac you use means it is there when later there is a question.

The information is laid out in logical order and. If you are new to the Mac or even an old pro this book in any format will improve understanding and work flow. Get both the printed and Kindle additions and you have the best of all worlds along with very happy & grateful Dr. Mac.
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Although the book is quite lengthy it is an easy and enjoyable read for a help manual. I highly recommend it for new Mac users wanted to improve their usage knowledge of OS X. I actually even shared my copy with a friend!
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I have a lot of experience with Windows, but none with Mac other than iphones & ipads. Because the addition of an iMac is a natural & logical addition, I choose to use the "dummies" book to learn about such. After reading from cover to cover, I now feel like I have become familiar enough with OS X to use it efficiently.
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This book breaks down the many aspects of Mountain Lion into easy to understand parts that anyone can follow, even us dummies. It is written in easy to understand language so you do not have to get another publication to interpret.
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I have both this manual and the OS X Mountain Lion "Missing Manual." The latter is on my iPad, the former a hard copy on my desk. I refer to both of them, as they are mutually complementary.
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If you are "computer stupid" like me, than os x Mountain lion for dummies is the best way to go.I needed this book to help me understand my new i-mac. And this book helped me a lot!
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