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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition [Kindle Edition]

David Pogue
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Is Windows giving you pause? Ready to make the leap to the Mac instead? There has never been a better time to switch from Windows to Mac, and this incomparable guide will help you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.

Why is this such a good time to switch? Upgrading from one version of Windows to another used to be simple. But now there's Windows Vista, a veritable resource hog that forces you to relearn everything. Learning a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. No viruses, worms or spyware. No questionable firewalls, inefficient permissions, or other strange features. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. And if you're still using Windows XP, we've got you covered, too.

If you're ready to take on Mac OS X Leopard, the latest edition of this bestselling guide tells you everything you need to know:

  • Transferring your stuff -- Moving photos, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents is the easy part. This book gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.

  • Re-creating your software suite -- Big-name programs (Word, Photoshop, Firefox, Dreamweaver, and so on) are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are available only for Windows. This guide identifies the Mac equivalents and explains how to move your data to them.

  • Learning Leopard -- Once you've moved into the Mac, a final task awaits: Learning your way around. Fortunately, you're in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to the Macintosh.
Moving from Windows to a Mac successfully and painlessly is the one thing Apple does not deliver. Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition is your ticket to a new computing experience.

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About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13335 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002FSTJF2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good packaging March 17, 2008
I have to strongly disagree with the reviewer here who suggests buying the "Leopard Edition Missing Manual" instead. Yes, there is duplication of content here, but there is also content that is NOT in the other book, and I think a Windows Switcher is going to be much happier with this book than the other. In an ideal situation, I'd give them both and have them read this first.

Sure, it could have been done better, and maybe there really is no need for two thick books. Maybe all the "switcher" stuff should be taken out of the "regular" book and all the "this is the way a Mac" works stuff should be taken out of this - then the two could and should be sold as a set for those who need or want both. Certainly both these books could use some trimming; they are fat and hard to handle.

This is the book I'd give my wife if and when I can get her to give up her Windows PC (I hate that stupid thing and cannot wait for it to die!). She'll be much happier with this than she would be with the other book.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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I was going to give this book 5 stars until I read the review that mentioned that formating isn't found in the index. He's right. I also checked "Mac OS X Leopard Bible" and also "Mac OS X 10.5" Quick Start Guide, and it isn't in either of those two either. I recently bought a digital photo frame and discovered that photos wouldn't load directly on it, the SD card wasn't even recognized as being available. So then I tried to format it on my PC in NTSC, and same thing. I tried FAT and only had slightly under 200 MB on a 4GB card available. Finally I used FAT 32 and it worked. I haven't tried it on my iMac yet - big question. So where are the answers?

That being said, I made the mistake of not buying this book before I tried to use the new iMac. I've used PCs for 25 years, and MS has partitioned my brain into Windows. I made the switch because of all the hoo-rah about the wonderful multi-media integration on the Mac. I won't describe all the wheel-spinning I did for months, but on a PC, when you do a 3rd party software downwload, you often get the query, would you like to create a shortcut. Try to find the word "shortcut" in Mac Help, or in the indexes of the two other books mentioned above. The word just isn't there. I know, this is simple stuff, but if you don't know that alias = shortcut in the Mac world, you're out of luck. I had heard so often that Mac and Apple were "intuitive," so it's a word I now despise. If your brain is Windows partitioned like mine is, there's nothing intuitive about a Mac, until you reconfigure your cranial neurons to Mac OS X. Then it's pretty nice.

I was ready to give my iMac to one of my daughters and go crawling back to Microsoft, when I decided to get this book.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! June 7, 2008
I have recently moved from PC to a MacBook. After being a PC guy for the past 20 plus years, I found it very difficult to figure out how to do things with the MAC. Everything is different on the Mac OS. The first time I tried to change from PC to Mac I became frustrated and returned to the PC. A few months later, I decided to give it another try. This book has been a savior! This really is the book that should come with the MAC. It is very complete without being a "techie" manual. I can easily find the things I am looking for and they are easy to understand. There is even a section that describes what I use to do on a PC and how to do it on the Mac. If you are switching from a PC to Mac, definitely buy this book!
The Missing Manual also makes a similar book titled "Mac OS X Leopard". They both have a lot of the same stuff in them. "OS X Leopard" can get a little more into the weeds for a newbie. "Switching to the Mac" has the section that allows to to look up what you used to do on a PC and tells you how to do it on a Mac.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Update of my Tiger Edition review August 20, 2008
After using the Tiger version of Mac OS X (10.4) for a couple of months, I updated to the Leopard version (10.5) and obtained the Leopard edition of David Pogue's book from O'Reilly. Because of the new features in Leopard, this edition has expanded from 515 pages to 590 pages.

Although I expected to find a short section listing all of the new features introduced by Leopard, its absence is not a serious problem. These lists can be found on the Internet and then printed for reference.

This edition of the book follows the same chapter layout as the Tiger edition and includes all the very helpful features for anyone switching from a Windows-based PC to an iMac or MacBook. In addition to continually taking the PC-user's viewpoint in every section, there are chapters and sections especially designed to ease the transition. The most helpful for PC users are:

Chapter 1 - How the Mac is different

Chapters 5-7 - Transferring files, emails, contacts, etc. from your PC and also, Mac capabilities for replacing specific Windows programs

Appendix B - Where Did It Go? You'll find yourself referring to this useful appendix often to quickly find out how to do all the things that were second-nature on the PC, e.g., Ctl-Alt-Delete to `kill' stuck programs, shutdown, zipping/unzipping files, taskbar & system tray, favorites, and much more.

It you are switching from a PC to a Mac running Leopard, you'll love this book. But if you already have the Tiger edition and just want the Leopard content, then you will benefit more from purchasing the more comprehensive (almost 900 pages) Mac Leopard OS X: The Missing Manual, 2007, which is also by David Pogue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ... wouldn't have been necessary anyway since Macs are so easy to use
I don't remember purchasing this but it wouldn't have been necessary anyway since Macs are so easy to use.
Published 2 months ago by Ann Rast
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Was not helpful at all.
Published 5 months ago by emell
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual is a handy book
to have around. I recently went from Windows to Mac.
Published 13 months ago by Mary Ann Prather
5.0 out of 5 stars Can A Mac Really Do Your Work?
If you have never worked on a Mac, you have to ask yourself the question: 'Do I really know what I am doing in switching from a PC?'. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mac user
When I switched to a Mac, I needed a book to help me out since I had no clue as to what I was doing. This book has been very helpful and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Published 23 months ago by Queenie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Never having used a Mac before I had many questions and wondered about the comparisons between Microsoft and Mac. This book explains everything very clearly and plainly. Thanks.
Published on February 24, 2013 by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide to using mac
Coming as I did from using a PC computer, much of the Apple system was mysterious. This book has been very helpful in making sense of it all and I recommend it highly.
Published on May 3, 2011 by shane
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful if you can wade through the detail
I understand it is necessary to go into detail when learning something new for the first time. The book is made for people in that situation with Macs. Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by J. Marin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book
All of Pogue's manuals are very useful and user friendly. This one is no exception. For prior PC users, it is very helpful to have a book that provides a painless transition from... Read more
Published on September 27, 2010 by Anne Johnston
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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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