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How to use a Mac - Quick and Easy. The Ultimate Guide for PC Switchers (OSX Mavericks Edition)

How to use a Mac - Quick and Easy. The Ultimate Guide for PC Switchers (OSX Mavericks Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Darryl Cook
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How to use a Mac – Quick and Easy is your guided tour to your first Mac. Designed to be a must-have for anyone switching from a PC to a Mac, it will make your transition so much easier. Working through this book, you'll quickly become a competent Mac user and find yourself getting so much more from your Mac.
Designed to help PC switchers, or those thinking about switching to their first Mac, this book will also help new users trying to understand their first Mac. Cuts through all of the jargon by explaining what all of those features really do, using plain English and color illustrations throughout. This book will help you to get going quickly.

Quick and Easy guides are designed to help you learn as quickly and easily as possible. Lavishly illustrated throughout with as little text as possible, this guide shows you quickly and clearly. This isn't a 900-page manual covering every tiny detail that leaves you more confused than when you started, and it doesn't have a 15-page guide to using the trackpad, because there's already a trackpad tutorial built into every Mac. What it does do is as quickly as possible show you how your Mac works, what features are there to help you, and shows you things that are less obvious, while at the same time giving you a thorough grounding in how to use every aspect of your Mac so you can start your new Mac life with confidence.

- The Desktop – beginning to find your way around the Mac.
- The Apple menu, system preferences and setting up your Mac.
- Customizing your interface, mouse and trackpad.
- Bluetooth and Sharing.
- Working with printers.
- Mission control and the desktop – learn how to work smoothly and use the hidden functionality of your desktop.
- iCloud, internet accounts and setting up a network – what is a minefield of confusion for so many is explained quickly and clearly, using simple English to clear through all of the jargon.
- Parental controls.
- Dictation and speech – dictate instead of type, or have your Mac read to you.
- The filing system on your Mac – working with files and folders. What seems so confusing to PC switchers is explained clearly, with plenty of illustrations and includes a lot of non-obvious features you'll come to use every day, but would have taken you a year to find out about.
- Software Update.
- All about external drives – This source of worry for PC switchers is explained and illustrated in a friendly way that will tell you everything you need to know.
- Tags, smart folders and other useful OSX Mavericks features, explained clearly with full-color illustrations.
- Applications – Downloading, installing and launching. Illustrated guides to the launchpad and how to install and run applications, covering the App Store and third-party offerings.
- The Dock – what it is, what it does, and how to customize it to make your Mac easier and more enjoyable to use.
- Keyboard shortcuts – Learn some of the most useful shortcuts you'll use every day, up to date for OSX Mavericks.
- What all those icons are – a quick guide to what all those icons on the dock are for will help you explore new features that you think may be useful to you in the future.
- The Menu Bar icons – what they are and how to use them to make life on your Mac easier, including a few less obvious features.
- Run Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp and third-party offerings, and the differences between them.
- How to create a recovery disk for peace of mind, and how to use Time Machine to back up and recover your data.
- And more!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10184 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Basic Stuff 29 Mar 2014
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Unless you are a computing beginner don't bother - you will have worked out everything in here already. Mind you it is cheap and nicely presented so no complaints really.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic intro 11 Feb 2014
This is a good basic intro to switching to Mac. Some useful tips and tricks but also some missing info. Would have liked more info on the included apps such as mail and iPhoto and info on key differences and pit falls or benefits.

Such as mails easy.multi account and iPhoto need to hide your jpegs and loose all your organised folders
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best user guide I've ever seen 25 April 2014
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I am new to Mac after many years with Windows and Linux. Of these three this book is the best for new users I have ever seen. It provides just the right balance of information for new users , in a clear and concise language. Once I have these basics in hand and my new Mac set up I plan to stick with this MacWorld training series for my learning needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow 19 Mar 2014
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I have just changed from a pc to a mac and I found this book hugely helpful. Diagrams made it easy to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book lives up to its title. 28 Jan 2014
By Democritus - Published on
Cook's clear and concisely written book makes switching platforms a breeze. All of the basics are covered and even more advanced functions' parallels on Mac are made easy to find, simple to use. As an avid PCer, this book really helped me on times when I had to jump on a dreaded Mac. ; ) It is definitely worth a download!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for those looking to switch 26 July 2014
By Mark Polino - Published on
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I got tired of bugging my children or googling every little thing when I grab one of the kids Macs to look something up so I picked up How to use a Mac - Quick and Easy. The Ultimate Guide for PC Switchers. I found it to be a great guide. I'm a really experienced PC user and while I found some parts to be overly explained for experience level, I suspect that the explanations are perfect for an average user. My only real complaint is that the book just ends. I kept trying to scroll forward in my Kindle looking for a conclusion, a wrap up, something. All in all, the book is s great resource for those looking to move to a Mac.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Old operating system 16 May 2014
By Jackie - Published on
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I returned this book - out dated for 2015. After receiving it I realized the operating system wasn't clearly noted in the description of the book.
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