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Master Your Mac: Simple Ways to Tweak, Customize, and Secure OS X [Paperback]

Matt Cone
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Table of Contents

Dedication; Acknowledgments; Introduction; What This Book Is About; What’s in This Book; Back to Basics; Chapter 1: The Best Shortcuts (and How to Make Your Own); 1.1 What You’ll Be Using; 1.2 Using Keyboard Shortcuts Built into OS X; 1.3 Creating Your Own Shortcut Commands; 1.4 Additional Ideas for Controlling Your Mac with Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 2: Starting Applications Automatically at Login; 2.1 What You’ll Be Using; 2.2 Adding Login Items; 2.3 Adding Global Login Items; 2.4 Resuming Applications and Reopening Windows at Login; 2.5 Configuring Advanced Login Item Settings with Exhaust; 2.6 Additional Ideas for Starting Applications Automatically at Login; Chapter 3: Finding Files and Folders Fast; 3.1 What You’ll Be Using; 3.2 Mastering Spotlight Searches; 3.3 Using Find Any File to Search for Files and Folders; 3.4 Additional Ideas for Finding Files and Folders; Chapter 4: Organizing Windows; 4.1 What You’ll Be Using; 4.2 Switching Between Applications; 4.3 Mission Control: The Ultimate Application and Window Switcher; 4.4 Maximizing Your Screen Space; 4.5 Additional Ideas for Managing Applications and Windows; Chapter 5: Cleaning House; 5.1 What You’ll Be Using; 5.2 Removing Applications with Launchpad; 5.3 Removing Applications with AppCleaner; 5.4 Removing Preference Panes; 5.5 Additional Ideas for Removing Applications; Chapter 6: Adjusting Energy and Display Settings; 6.1 What You’ll Be Using; 6.2 Understanding Energy and Display Settings; 6.3 Temporarily Disabling Energy Settings; 6.4 Adjusting Your Display’s Color at Night; 6.5 Additional Ideas for Adjusting Energy and Display Settings; Boosting Productivity; Chapter 7: Launching Applications Fast; 7.1 What You’ll Be Using; 7.2 Getting Your Feet Wet with Spotlight; 7.3 Configuring Spotlight as an Application Launcher; 7.4 Using Alfred; 7.5 Using LaunchBar; 7.6 Additional Ideas for Using Application Launchers; Chapter 8: Customizing Trackpad and Mouse Gestures; 8.1 What You’ll Be Using; 8.2 Using Gestures in OS X; 8.3 Customizing Gestures with Third-Party Applications; 8.4 Additional Ideas for Customizing Trackpad and Mouse Gestures; Chapter 9: Connecting Multiple Displays to Your Mac; 9.1 What You’ll Be Using; 9.2 Connecting the Displays to Your Mac; 9.3 Adjusting Display Settings in OS X; 9.4 Controlling How Windows Are Positioned and Displayed; 9.5 Making the Menu Bar Available Everywhere; 9.6 Keeping a MacBook Awake with the Lid Closed; 9.7 Additional Ideas for Connecting Multiple Displays to Your Mac; Chapter 10: Talking to Your Mac; 10.1 What You’ll Be Using; 10.2 Setting Up Speech Recognition; 10.3 Talking to Your Computer; 10.4 Telling Your Computer What to Type; 10.5 Giving Your Computer a Voice; 10.6 Creating Custom Commands for Speech Recognition; 10.7 Additional Ideas for Talking to Your Mac; Automation; Chapter 11: Automating Tasks with Macros; 11.1 What You’ll Be Using; 11.2 Creating a Macro with Automator; 11.3 Using Macros with Keyboard Maestro; 11.4 Additional Ideas for Making Macros; Chapter 12: Automating Tasks with AppleScript; 12.1 What You’ll Be Using; 12.2 What Can You Do with AppleScript?; 12.3 What’s the Difference Between a Macro and a Script?; 12.4 Getting Started with the AppleScript Editor; 12.5 Dabbling in Advanced AppleScript Concepts; 12.6 Launching Your AppleScript; 12.7 Additional Ideas for Creating and Using AppleScripts; Chapter 13: Creating a Bluetooth Proximity Monitor; 13.1 What You’ll Be Using; 13.2 How Bluetooth Proximity Detection Works; 13.3 Setting Up the Bluetooth Proximity Monitor; 13.4 Performing Actions Based on Bluetooth Proximity; 13.5 Adding the Scripts and Testing Everything; 13.6 Additional Ideas for Creating a Bluetooth Proximity Monitor; Chapter 14: Automating File and Folder Actions; 14.1 What You’ll Be Using; 14.2 Using OS X Folder Actions; 14.3 Using Automator to Create Folder Actions; 14.4 Using Hazel to Perform File and Folder Actions; 14.5 Additional Ideas for Automating File and Folder Actions; Chapter 15: Triggering Location-Based Actions; 15.1 What You’ll Be Using; 15.2 Understanding Location-Based Actions; 15.3 Getting Started with Sidekick; 15.4 Manually Switching Places; 15.5 Using AppleScripts as Actions; 15.6 Additional Ideas for Triggering Actions; Managing Your Life; Chapter 16: Managing Your Email; 16.1 What You’ll Be Using; 16.2 Taming the Mail Application; 16.3 Categorizing Email with Tags; 16.4 Processing Email with Keystrokes; 16.5 Archiving Email; 16.6 Additional Ideas for Managing Your Email; Chapter 17: Killing Spam; 17.1 What You’ll Be Using; 17.2 Filtering Junk Mail in the Mail Application; 17.3 Filtering Spam on a Server with Gmail; 17.4 Additional Ideas for Killing Spam; Chapter 18: Creating Quick and Easy Alerts; 18.1 What You’ll Be Using; 18.2 Creating Basic Alerts; 18.3 Creating Advanced Alerts; 18.4 Additional Ideas for Reminders; Chapter 19: Managing Your Music; 19.1 What You’ll Be Using; 19.2 Getting Started with iTunes Match; 19.3 Controlling iTunes with Shortcuts; 19.4 Adding Missing Metadata; 19.5 Managing iTunes Libraries; 19.6 Additional Ideas for Managing Your Music; Internet and Networks; Chapter 20: Creating Your Own Safari Extension; 20.1 What You’ll Be Using; 20.2 Understanding Safari Extensions; 20.3 Getting Started; 20.4 Creating a Safari Extension; 20.5 Additional Ideas for Creating Your Own Safari Extension; Chapter 21: Turning Websites into Applications; 21.1 What You’ll Be Using; 21.2 Creating Site-Specific Browsers; 21.3 Pinning a Site-Specific Browser to the Menu Bar; 21.4 Customizing Display Settings; 21.5 Additional Ideas for Turning Websites into Applications; Chapter 22: Storing Files in the Cloud; 22.1 What You’ll Be Using; 22.2 Using iCloud to Store Files; 22.3 Using Dropbox to Store and Synchronize Files; 22.4 Additional Ideas for Storing Files in the Cloud; Chapter 23: Accessing Your Mac Remotely; 23.1 What You’ll Be Using; 23.2 Preparing Your Mac for Remote Connections; 23.3 Connecting to Your Mac Remotely; 23.4 Additional Ideas for Accessing Your Mac Remotely; Chapter 24: Turning Your Mac into a Web and FTP Server; 24.1 What You’ll Be Using; 24.2 Understanding Web Servers; 24.3 Configuring Server Software; 24.4 Enabling Remote Login; 24.5 Making Your Website Accessible to the World; 24.6 Additional Ideas for Turning Your Mac into a Web Server; Chapter 25: Wirelessly Sharing a Printer and Hard Drive; 25.1 What You’ll Be Using; 25.2 Sharing a Printer; 25.3 Sharing a Hard Drive; 25.4 Additional Ideas for Wirelessly Sharing a Printer and Network Hard Drive; Chapter 26: Synchronizing Files Between Computers; 26.1 What You’ll Be Using; 26.2 Getting Started with ChronoSync; 26.3 Setting Up Synchronizations; 26.4 Monitoring ChronoSync; 26.5 Additional Ideas for Synchronizing Files; Serious Security; Chapter 27: Creating Strong Passwords and Storing Them Securely; 27.1 What You’ll Be Using; 27.2 Understanding Password Management Applications; 27.3 Tips for Creating Strong Passwords; 27.4 Using Keychain Access; 27.5 Using 1Password; 27.6 Additional Ideas for Creating Strong Passwords and Storing Them Securely; Chapter 28: Enabling Firmware Password Protection; 28.1 What You’ll Be Using; 28.2 Understanding Firmware Password Protection; 28.3 Enabling the Firmware Password; 28.4 Additional Ideas for Protecting Your Mac at the Hardware Level; Chapter 29: Encrypting Your Mac’s Internet Connection; 29.1 What You’ll Be Using; 29.2 Understanding How Attackers Capture Data on Public Wireless Networks; 29.3 Forcing HTTPS Encryption; 29.4 Using a VPN Connection; 29.5 Using a SOCKS Proxy Server; 29.6 Additional Ideas for Encrypting Your Mac’s Internet Connection; Chapter 30: Enabling Firewalls; 30.1 What You’ll Be Using; 30.2 Understanding How Firewalls Work; 30.3 The OS X Application Firewall; 30.4 Creating ipfw Rules with NoobProof; 30.5 Monitoring and Controlling Outgoing Connections; 30.6 Additional Ideas for Using Firewalls; Chapter 31: Preserving Your Anonymity Online; 31.1 What You’ll Be Using; 31.2 Understanding How Tor Works; 31.3 Surfing the Internet Anonymously with Tor; 31.4 Routing Application Data Through Tor; 31.5 Configuring Your Mac as a Tor Relay; 31.6 Additional Ideas for Preserving Your Anonymity Online; Chapter 32: Encrypting Your Hard Disks and Backups; 32.1 What You’ll Be Using; 32.2 Checking Partitions and Backing Up Your Hard Disk; 32.3 Turning On FileVault Whole Disk Encryption; 32.4 Encrypting Secondary Volumes; 32.5 Encrypting Time Machine Backup Disks; 32.6 Additional Ideas for Using Full Disk Encryption; Monitoring, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance; Chapter 33: System and Process Monitoring; 33.1 What You’ll Be Using; 33.2 Why You Need to Monitor Your Mac; 33.3 Learning the Lingo; 33.4 Using Activity Monitor; 33.5 Using top; 33.6 Using iStat Menus; 33.7 Additional Ideas for Monitoring Your Mac; Chapter 34: Repairing Disk Permissions; 34.1 What You’ll Be Using; 34.2 How Repairing Disk Permissions Works; 34.3 Verifying and Repairing Disk Permissions Manually; 34.4 Repairing Disk Permissions Automatically; 34.5 Additional Ideas for Repairing Disk Permissions; Chapter 35: Verifying and Repairing the Hard Disk; 35.1 What You’ll Be Using; 35.2 Should You Verify and Repair Your Hard Disk?; 35.3 Verifying the Hard Disk; 35.4 Repairing the Hard Disk with Disk Utility; 35.5 Repairing the Hard Disk with fsck; 35.6 Additional Ideas for Repairing the Hard Disk; Chapter 36: Making Better File Backups; 36.1 What You’ll Be Using; 36.2 Creating a Backup Plan; 36.3 Backing Up with Time Machine; 36.4 Making an Exact Copy of Your Hard Disk; 36.5 Storing Backups on the Internet; 36.6 Restoring from Backups; 36.7 Additional Ideas for Backing Up Your Mac; Chapter 37: Maintaining a MacBook’s Battery; 37.1 What You’ll Be Using; 37.2 Tips for Keeping Your Battery Healthy; 37.3 Achieving Incredible Battery Life; 37.4 Calibrating the Battery; 37.5 Additional Ideas for Maintaining a MacBook’s Battery; Chapter 38: Creating an Emergency USB Drive; 38.1 What You’ll Be Using; 38.2 Evaluating Your Emergency Drive Options; 38.3 Making Your Own Emergency USB Drive; 38.4 Using Your Emergency USB Drive; 38.5 Peeking Inside the Emergency USB Drive; Colophon;

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