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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596804253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596804251
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 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 amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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I would recommend this for any new Mac user.
Gerald Branson
If you are like me and dreading a switch from a PC to a MAC, then I think I found some help in this softcover book.
Bill A. Belt
It's a great reference source and very easy to understand.
Dianne

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Albert J. Valentino on March 31, 2010
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I just made the move from an XP PC to an iMac so I bought this book as a reference. It not only helps with all the questions new users will have but it also answers questions that I didn't know to ask. You may be able to figure out many of the the BIG things on your own but it is always the little things can kill you - unless you have a handy reference guide like this. It is must have book for an old dog like me that needs to learn new tricks on his own. It is a small, but valuable investment that will save you lots of time. Just get it, you won't regret it.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sally Anderson on March 8, 2010
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This book is saving my life! I've used PCs ever since they were invented. Really. But I've wanted a Mac for a long time. Recently some dear (and generous) friends gave me a brand new Mac laptop. It's beautiful and fun but it does behave differently than a PC. This book has helped be figure out what to do when my in-bred response isn't the right one! No right click? No problem. Want to find properties of a file? No problem. The book weighs a ton and is huge. I'm slowly getting through it but it's saved me already on numerous occasions. I'm so glad I bought it!
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By AZ Desert Rat VINE VOICE on December 26, 2009
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After 20 years on PCs I decided to switch to a Mac and I am very happy with that decision. This book has definitely been a God-send. It is written in a way that anyone can understand. It has helped make my transition go so smoothly. The author has an easy going style laced with a great sense of humor. A lot of my friends and acquaintances have switched to Macs lately and I highly recommended this as a must-have reference.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Guy Randell on March 26, 2010
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Great resource!! I tried another book first before I found this one.... What a difference. I couldn't be more impressed. Well organized and very well written, it is the perfect reference for a new Mac user whether or not you have PC experience. The right amount of information, with a great index. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on July 22, 2010
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"Switching to the Mac" is the best book I've read for someone who has been a PC user for many years and is just beginning to learn how to use the Mac. I'm a new Mac owner and bought several books on getting started, and have done a few tutorials, and this book is the most informative by far. I can't think of anything it does not cover. I wish I had come across this book first because it would have been the only book I needed. It's a great reference source and very easy to understand. I would recommend it to all PC-to-Mac converters.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rose Anonymous on March 17, 2010
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Have had my Mac a month now. Love it. This book has been helpful with one exception. It has no information on the photo application on my new Mac - Apple iPhoto - which was a big thing for me. So I had to buy an additional book for that. I just purchased iPhoto for Dummies (Angelo Micheletti) and it looks good. If I had know before hand that Switching to the Mac was lacking info on iPhoto I might not have purchased it. But it has come in handy and is a good resource as I continue to learn about my Mac.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Enderlin, Jr. on May 11, 2010
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Mac OS X Snow Leopard Simplified I recently purchased my first Apple computer(Macbook Pro) and needed a handy reference nearby to explore the wealth of functions contained in Snow Leopard...I have been a windows user for my computer life and am not proficient at all with my computer skills. The index leads to easy numbered steps plus wonderful pictures to allow one to accomplish the needed tasks...it is a fun,simplified way to learn. I could not be happier with a reference book
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Branson on April 3, 2010
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I purchased this book because I have been become a MAC user. This book is very good and covers all aspects of the Mac. Being new to a Mac I found this book very easy to use, plus it has a lot of useful information. Switching from P.C to a Mac has not been hard, due to the information contained in this book. I would recommend this for any new Mac user.
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More About the Author

David Pogue is the founder of YahooTech.com, 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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