Mac OS 9 may be a minor upgrade from version 8.6, but that doesn't mean you don't need a detailed guide to help you get the most out of it. The Mac OS 9 Guide
is a thorough and well-organized manual that tackles all of the intricacies involved in Apple's latest operating system.
Brad Miser first orients you with the Mac OS 9 desktop, straightforwardly guiding you in working with file menus, the Apple Finder, and the control strip. He also does an admirable job of detailing OS 9's newest features, including the Sherlock meta-search tool and the AirPort wireless networking tool.
Miser is at his best, however, when discussing more complex issues, such as how to manage and customize your Mac, offering helpful tips on increasing available memory, partitioning a hard drive, and managing your system folder, for example. He also clearly knows the inner workings of the Mac OS and dispenses advice with great clarity and brevity. His troubleshooting tips are helpful as well, though he has a tendency to make you feel like you're to blame for any problems.
The Mac OS 9 Guide is rather gray and text-heavy--a bit ironic, given OS 9's highly graphical nature. Also, Miser's prose can be as dry as a Texas wind, leaning toward a textbook style. Nonetheless, this is a comprehensive guide to the Mac OS 9, one that will have Mac users working beyond the surface of their machines. --John Frederick Moore
From the Back Cover
The Mac OS 9 Guide provides the practical information you need to use all aspects of your Mac. This book starts with extensive coverage of the Finder and the desktop, and then covers everything you need to surf the Internet. Learn to customize the way your Mac looks and sounds. See how to prevent problems and how to troubleshoot those problems that do occur. Along the way, you'll also have a lot of creative fun with extensive coverage of multimedia applications. And you'll learn everything you need to know about expanding and upgrading Macs with hardware and software additions.