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19 Aug 2011 For Dummies
The bestselling Mac guide, updated for the latest Mac OS X and now in full color! Mac OS X Lion represents a new era in the Mac operating system. This friendly guide is fully updated for the latest Mac OS X and provides everything new Mac users and users upgrading to Mac OS X Lion need to know. A bestseller in previous editions, Mac OS X Lion For Dummies covers all the cool stuff and prepares you for the quirks. So whether it′s your first Mac or just an OS upgrade, you′ll learn to tame your Lion with the expert advice of Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus and Dummies. Covers using the Finder, customizing Lion, adding widgets to the Dashboard, organizing and managing files and folders, searching with Spotlight, and working with Spaces Explores browsing the web with Safari, using Apple Mail and iCal, connecting a printer, performing backups with Time Machine, troubleshooting, and setting up a network Walks readers through the new features of Mac OS X Lion, including FaceTime, Photo Booth, Launchpad, Mission Control, Full–screen apps, and more Gets you up and running with iTunes, downloading fun apps from the Mac App Store, and staying entertained with videos, photos, and other multimedia You′ll make your Lion roar with the friendly advice in Mac OS X Lion For Dummies .

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (19 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111802205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118022054
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bob LeVitus (Austin, Texas), often referred to as "Dr. Mac," is considered one of the world's leading authorities on all things Apple and he has been one of the Mac community's most trusted gurus for more than twenty years. His most recent titles include: iPhone For Dummies, 3d Edition, Mac OS X Snow Leopard For Dummies, and Office 2008 for Mac For Dummies. Bob is currently a columnist for the Houston Chronicle, penning the popular Dr. Mac column every Tuesday. He is also a columnist for The Mac Observer.

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Discover OS X Lion and unleash the power of your Mac Ready to roar with your Mac running OS X Lion? Whether you just got your first Mac or recently upgraded, the Mac′s newest operating system will make your life easier in amazing new ways. With this handy guide from Mac expert Bob LeVitus, you′ll have your Lion jumping through hoops in no time! Make friends with Lion — explore the Desktop, menus, windows, and icons, and perform basic tasks Herd all your cats — organize your files and use the free iCal, Address Book, and Mail to manage your contacts, calendar, and e–mail Get purrfectly connected — set up your Internet connection, surf with Safari, and import your media to iTunes and iPhoto Be productive — set up a network; create, share, and print documents; and keep your Mac safe and sound Your very own Time Machine — discover how easy it is to back up and restore important information automatically using Lion′sTime Machine Open the book and find: How to set up your keyboard, mouse, and other hardware Tips for navigating with Multi–Touch Gestures How to work at warp speed with Mission Control and Launchpad Details about running Windows on your Mac How iCal helps you manage appointments and projects Simple steps for networking your Macs Maintenance and troubleshooting solutions for your Mac Learn to: Work with the Dock, Launchpad, and Mission Control Go online, set up your e–mail, and surf the Web with Safari Enjoy music, movies, DVDs, and digital photos on your Mac

About the Author

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is among the world′s leading authorities on the iPad, iPhone, and Mac OS X. He′s been one of the Mac community′s most trusted gurus for almost 20 years and has written or cowritten more than 60 books. He is also a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer .

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great dummies' book 20 Oct 2011
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Having used Mac computers for years, there are two series of books that myself and my hubby have found wonderful over this time; They are The Missing Manual and books for Dummies. The Dummies OS X Lion is no exception and covers everything one will need to know about this new operating system. It's not really a book to read from cover to cover, but rather one to dip into when needed, or to flick through to pick up any new information. The only complaint we used to have was that many of the Dummies' series were only in black and white. Not the case here, this one is in full colour and makes a great difference to the reading and learning experience.

There are many features in Lion which are completely new and unique eg. mission control, facetime and launchpad. This book takes you through them step by step with ease.

I would recommend this book for complete beginners and intermediate users alike. Advanced people may not get much from it other than details of the new features.

A must for Mac users :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of stuff for dummies 3 Oct 2011
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The For Dummies books are great. Having used plenty of other guides, the one thing that stands out is they really do treat you like a dummy or novice somewhat to the detriment of the imtermediate user who has to trawl through a lot of common sense stuff because of the target audience.

Having just purchased my first Mac, I found much of the OS intuitive, but plenty more of it mind boggling, particularly the file system and in my mind, illogical file structure, as well as difficulty learning keyboard shortcuts and other basic tasks that I would be at home with on the Windows computer.

So I decided to give this book a try. First impressions is that when it states basic, it really does start from that point. If you'd never used any sort of electronic device in your life, this would be the book for you. It even guides you to turning the thing on!

So extremely basic, the book doesn't appear to break beyond the intermediate stuff. One thing it does excel at however is revealing shortcuts and the odd piece of advice that will save you time. Keyboard shortcuts are like the context menu on a pc, absolutely essential.

I didn't really get much value from this book, perhaps because I'd taken to the OS very quickly, but if you start sweating when you start a new program such as a mail client, then this book will very patiently and slowly walk you through basic tasks step by step. It however is little use to the advanced Windows user transitioning to OSX.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 3 Dec 2011
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The Mac is famed for its ease of use and that it just "gets out of your way" and of course, that other one - "It just works". Sadly, for Windows users who have made the leap over to the mac, there are a few head-scratching quirks that can halt you in your tracks when you first come across them. The first one that comes to mind is writing to a CD or DVD. Who would have thought that dragging the disc icon to the trash would start the burn process?

This is where the OSX Lion for Dummies book comes in really handy. If you've just moved over to the mac, or even if you've managed to avoid computers generally, the book is very helpful. Most if not all of the bundled applications are covered but laid out as tasks rather than applications. Topics such as preferences, music, organisation and file sharing are all covered in a very light-hearted and jargon-free way. It is a "for dummies" book though, so it does cover a lot of the incredibly obvious. Having said that, I've been using a mac for a few years and I've still managed to pick up a few Lion-specific things I didn't know or didn't appreciate.

At over 460 pages, it is perhaps not a book to carry around with you, but within easy reach of your desk. You'll probably find yourself dipping into it more than you know. If you are on the move a lot, there is an ebook edition, whether you are a kindle user Mac OS X Lion For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) or an iBooks user. The benefit of the eBook would be the ability to search for the bit you want rather than trawl through the index.

Useful book, especially for the novices right through to the keen amateur.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm worse than a Dummy 18 Sep 2011
I think I must need the "Guide for Dummies for Mac OSX Lion for Dummies". There were a few sections in the book that I could not easily comprehend. Also. although it is a personal preference, I am not one for the book's "folksy" editorial style. Finally, I found a number of the illustrations, which could be very helpful, just too small. On the other hand, I picked up three worthwhile hints and I think the value of a book like this is its usefulness as a reference especially when, as in this case, it is comprehensively indexed. On balance, the book was a worthwhile acquisition for my purposes but I would like to have learned more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide! 17 Oct 2011
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After recently upgrading from Snow Leopard to OS X Lion, I (a long-term mac user) took a little while to come to grips with all the new features added. The book is an excellent guide for beginners and experienced users alike.

Here is a breakdown of what is covered.
Mac OS X Lion
The Desktop and Windows and Menus
System Preferances
The Dock
Finder Window

The above list is not exhaustive, but some of the things that stump most. Additionally, the paper is not like other (older) dummy guides, and is quite a bit thicker and of a higher general quality.

Lion is a significant upgrade from Snow leopard. As a result, I can recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless.
Not much use, no answer to any problems I encountered with ownership of my Mac. Full of useless information and no help whatsoever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Byron Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars seems to be written for another computer
u look up whatever and read the instructions carefully.switch on yr computer and the instructions dont fit what u find.caramba
Published 6 months ago by T. M. Artingstoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guidance
As a new Mac user this guide is invaluable and I have referred to it often. No Mac user should be without it.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says.
I had a New Mac after 25 years of PC. It was basically straightforward and reassuring that I was skipping a lot. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Tai Chi Club
5.0 out of 5 stars OS X FOR DUMMIES
Published 14 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Very useful summary for those new to the Mac. Although I have found that this is best used in conjunction with various online forums.
Published 16 months ago by Euan
4.0 out of 5 stars A ggod guide
As a new user to Macs I found this guide very useful and have used it a great deal. worth buying for novices like myself
Published 16 months ago by David SE London
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish. Long on words, short on help.
464 pages of slang ridden self opinionated waffle. It gets one star for its delightful cartoons by Richard Tennant. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Jennifer C. Page
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