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Switching to a Mac For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Arnold Reinhold
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Book Description

Learn how to make the switch from PC to Mac a completely smooth transition

The number of Mac users continues to increase significantly each year. If you are one of those people and are eager but also anxious about making the switch, then fear not! This friendly guide skips the jargon to deliver you an easy-to-read, understandable introduction to the Macintosh computer. Computer guru Arnold Reinhold walks you through the Mac OS, user interface, and icons. You'll learn how to set up your Mac, move your files from your PC to your Mac, switch applications, get your Mac online, network your Mac, secure your Mac, work with the iLife suite, troubleshoot common problems, and more.

  • Dives in to helping you make the switch from PC to Mac as smooth and effortless as possible
  • Walks you through the latest features of Mac OS X Lion to help you take advantage of all the cool things your Mac can do that you might not know about
  • Offers clear instructions for working with the iLife applications, running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp, networking your Mac, and switching your family or your business to a Mac
  • Shares essential advice for troubleshooting common problems and provides easy tips for keeping your Mac happy

Switching to Mac For Dummies, Mac OS X Lion Edition is all you need to switch to a Mac and never look back!

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Using a Mac is easy. This guide makes switching easy too!

Congratulations! You've decided to leave hassles behind and join the user-friendly, more secure community of Mac users. Consider this guide your welcome basket. It'll tell you what to expect, how to choose a Mac (if you haven't already), and howto make the switch a breeze. Discover cool new OS X Lion features, the Mac's handy built-in apps, and how to work the Mac way.

  • Meet the family — compare the MacBook Air®, MacBook Pro, iMac®, Mac Pro, and Mac mini

  • I'm a Mac, and you're leaving a PC — see what's alike and what's different, and learn to use Apple menus and the Finder

  • Can I keep it? — find out which peripherals will still work with your Mac

  • Moving day — transfer your files, address book, and content stored on other media

  • Ready, set, connect — set up your Internet service and e-mail application, and connect to your printer and other peripherals

  • Get an apptitude — add apps from the Mac App Store; manage your music, photos, movies, and more with iTunes®, iPhoto®, and iMovie®

  • Safety first — learn what makes Macs safer and why strong passwords are still important

  • If you just can't say goodbye — see how to run Windows® on your Mac

Open the book and find:

  • How a Mac can simplify your life

  • Tips on keeping your Mac updated and secure

  • Ways to unleash your creativity with photos, audio, and video

  • Advice on navigating with Launchpad and Mission Control

  • Help with switching specialized software to your Mac

  • Special tips for seniors and parents of young kids

  • Instructions for Mac network and Wi-Fi setup

  • How to enjoy Facebook® and other social networking sites

Learn to:

  • Choose the Mac that's right for you

  • Transfer your files from Windows®

  • Surf the web, send and receive e-mail, and make FaceTime video calls

  • Get the most from Mac OS X Lion and create cool projects with the iLife suite

About the Author

Arnold Reinhold has more than three decades of experience in the software industry. His first Apple product was a Mac 512. He has authored or coauthored numerous books, including Mac mini Hacks & Mods For Dummies, Green IT For Dummies, and Internet Quick Reference For Dummies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10193 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (September 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M2ADS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book written by a dummy for dummies December 7, 2011
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I would give this book minus two stars if I could. It is the worst Dummies book I have ever read. If you are a Windows PC user and need to learn how to use the Mac operating system, do not buy this book. This book is not about that. What this book is about is trying to convince you why Macs are superior to Windows PCs. This book should be titled "Why I hate Windows PCs even though I know so little about them" or "How I rationalize spending twice the amount of money for a Mac." The author seems to think we all are using archaic Windows PC desktops with bulky monitors and old operating systems, and yet he also believes Macs last longer than Windows PCs. Go figure.

At one point in the book, he says, "If your PC is so trashed that the mouse no longer works..." Apparently, he thinks that a Windows PC is trash if the mouse no longer works. Do yourself a favor. Go buy a mouse and save yourself the expense of buying a Mac.

I should have known before I bought this book that it was filled with Apple hype and Windows PC hate. The author's domain for the book is ditchmypc. I have no plans to ditch my Windows PC. I need to use a Mac to write apps for the iPhone. I bought a book about switching to the Mac because I wanted to know the differences between a Mac and a Windows PC. I didn't want a book that would explain about how to use PCs in general because after all a Mac is a PC. I thought a book about switching would save me time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars switching to Mac February 11, 2012
By Howie
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Great book, its very user friendly. Mac's are intimidating enough, coming from a PC, this book has made moving that much more enjoyable. Would recommend. Good value for the cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading for a "newbie" like myself April 10, 2012
By Blake3
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It's like another world using a Mac, and I will never go back to the normal PC. This book has been extremely helpful, even though I can maneuver through things very well-I'm happy I purchased this book! The instructions are very clear and precise.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preparing to switch December 27, 2011
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I picked up this book in preparation of switching over to Apple from Windows. This book was very informative and provided all the information I needed to make the switch. If you are planning to switch to a Mac I recommend buying this book prior to the switch. You will realize how easy it is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Help December 31, 2012
By Mary
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This is the history of computers and really dry reading and a vague explanation of why someone may want a Mac. I ended up using my old PC that freezes constantly because it's still faster and less frustrating than the Mac. The Mac did have a nice backlit keyboard and good quality picture. That's about the extent of it's likability. This book didn't do anything to help me with the actual machine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Easy to use guide.m December 2, 2013
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Great information, easy to understand without it being elementary. Written well with topics that are relevant. Simple and informative. I recommend.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Dummy for buying this Dummies book. August 31, 2013
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I finally switched to a Mac from my Windows PCs after 30 years of frustrating crashes and hang-ups won. The Mac help topics and tutorials were, at best, difficult to find. Several other Dummies books have been helpful. This book was pretty useless except for 10 pages or so. All I wanted was a brief explanation of how to change a cursor, set up bookmarks folders, have screen displays in a somewhat consistent format, set up browsing tabs. I thought that this would be addressed in this book and a couple of hours was all I needed for a few basics. I have figured out everything I wanted, but only through trial and error and various tutorial websites. The topics weren't addressed in the book.
Fifteen hours searching for help vs. a maximum of two hours from the book? The book is a waste of time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations in every way! August 7, 2014
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Great price and the book was in excellent condition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars thought it would guide a pc user through the differences ...
thought it would guide a pc user through the differences of the mac, more of a sales manual for mac features
Published 1 month ago by allanm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Helped learn the different OS.
Published 2 months ago by Donald B Gingrich
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not what I needed
Published 6 months ago by Maggie Ebright
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Avery slow transition!
Published 6 months ago by Aud Foss
5.0 out of 5 stars life saver
best medicine for an old italian guy. being new to apple at 75 i need all the help i can get
Published 12 months ago by rudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on switching to Mac
Written with Windows Vista and 7 in mind, and switching to Apple Mountain Lion Mac 10X versions, this is still an excellent reference regardless of what version(s) you have. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Title Says it all..
Tells me what I want to know about switching to a new mac Computer system for my small home office
Published 17 months ago by Lompoc Cussler Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Item
The publication "Switching to a Mac for Dummies" has aide me to better understand the Mac community. Thank goodness for publications for Dummies (smile). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kalvin Tillman
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
It has helped me use my new Mac Air. I could not have learned to use it without this book.
Published on December 29, 2012 by Mary Lee
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