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iMac for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Foolish Assumptions 1 About This Book 2 Icons Used in This Book 3 Beyond the Book 4 Where to Go from Here 4 Part 1: Getting Started with Your iMac 5 Chapter 1: Okay, This Machine Looks Really, Really Weird 7 iMac or iMac Pro - That Is the Question 8 An Introduction to the Beast 9 Major parts of your major appliance 9 Important hidden stuff 14 Choosing a Home for Your New Pet 15 Picking the right location 15 Considering the convenience factor 16 Unpacking and Connecting 17 Unpacking your iMac For Dummies 17 Connecting cables like a true nerd 18 Discovering All the Cool Things You Can Do 19 What software do I get? 19 Looking forward to fun on the Internet 20 Applications that rock 20 Would you like to play a game? 21 Stuff You Oughta Buy Right Now 21 Chapter 2: Life! Give My iMac Life! 23 Throwing the Big Leaf Switch 23 Mark's Favorite Signs of a Healthy iMac 24 Harriet, It's Already Asking Me Questions! 25 Setting up macOS Mojave 26 Registering your iMac 27 Importing Documents and Data from Your Old Mac 27 Manually Importing Documents and Data from Windows 29 Chapter 3: The Basics Behind macOS Mojave 31 Your Own Personal Operating System 32 The Mojave Desktop 33 Wait a Second: Where the Heck Are the Mouse Buttons? 37 Launching and Quitting Applications with Aplomb 40 Performing Tricks with Finder Windows 43 Viewing your stuff 43 Scrolling in and resizing windows 44 Minimizing and restoring windows 45 Moving and zooming windows 46 Closing windows 47 Juggling Folders and Icons 48 A field observer's guide to icons 48 Selecting items 50 Copying items 52 Moving things from place to place 53 Duplicating in a jiffy 53 Using Finder Tabs 54 Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts to Fame and Fortune 55 Special keys on the keyboard 55 Using the Finder and application keyboard shortcuts 56 Home, Sweet Home Folder 57 Working with Mission Control, Spaces, and Dashboard 59 Switching Desktops with Spaces 60 Stick it on the Dashboard 61 Personalizing Your Desktop 62 Customizing the Dock 64 Adding applications and extras to the Dock 64 Keeping track with Stacks 65 Using Desktop Stacks 65 Using Dock Stacks 66 Resizing the Dock 67 What's with the Trash? 68 All You Really Need to Know about Printing 69 And Just in Case You Need Help 70 The Mojave built-in Help system 71 The Apple web-based support center 71 Magazines 71 Local Mac user groups 71 Part 2: Shaking Hands with macOS 73 Chapter 4: What's New in Mojave? 75 Come to the Dark Mode 76 Showing Off Gallery View 77 Welcome New iOS Apps 78 Quick Actions Are the Cat's Meow 78 Strolling Through the Improved App Store 79 Chapter 5: A Nerd's Guide to System Preferences 81 An Explanation - without Jargon, No Less 82 Locating That Certain Special Setting 84 Popular Preferences Panes Explained 85 The Displays pane 85 The Desktop & Screen Saver pane 87 Mission Control preferences 89 The General pane 91 The Energy Saver pane 92 The Dock pane 93 The Sharing pane 95 The Time Machine pane 96 iCloud preferences 97 Notifications preferences 99 Chapter 6: Searching Amidst iMac Chaos 101 Doing a Basic Search 102 How Cool Is That? Discovering What Spotlight Can Do 105 Expanding Your Search Horizons 106 Customizing Spotlight to Your Taste 108 Chapter 7: Putting Common Apps to Work 111 Remind Me to Use Reminders 112 Taking Notes the Mojave Way 115 Staying Current with Notification Center 117 Introducing the Maps Application 118 Switching Views in Maps 120 Getting Directions Over Yonder 122 Catching Up on News 123 Using Favorites and Channels 124 Part 3: Connecting and Communicating 127 Chapter 8: Let's Go on Safari! 129 Pretending You've Never Used This Thing 130 Visiting Websites 131 Navigating the Web 133 Setting Up Your Home Page 136 Adding and Using Bookmarks 138 Working with the Reading List 139 Downloading Files 140 Using History 141 Tabs Are Your Browsing Friends 142 Printing Web Pages 144 Protecting Your Privacy 145 Yes, there are such things as bad cookies 145 Banishing pesky iCloud Keychain passwords 147 Handling ancient history 147 Setting notifications 148 Chapter 9: Expanding Your Horizons With Icloud 149 So How Does iCloud Work, Anyway? 150 Moving, Saving, and Opening iCloud Documents 151 Putting Handoff to Work 152 Configuring iCloud 153 Managing Your iCloud Storage 155 Chapter 10: Creating A Multiuser Imac 157 Once Upon a Time (An Access Fairy Tale) 158 Big-Shot Administrator Stuff 159 Deciding who needs what access 159 Adding users 160 Modifying user accounts 162 I banish thee, mischievous user! 163 Setting up login items and parental controls 165 Mundane Chores for the Multiuser Laptop 172 Logging in and out in Mojave For Dummies 172 Interesting stuff about sharing stuff 175 Encrypting your Home folder can be fun 176 Chapter 11: Working Well with Networks 179 What Exactly Is the Network Advantage? 180 Should You Go Wired or Wireless? 181 Be a Pal: Share Your Internet! 183 Using your iMac as a sharing device 183 Using a dedicated Internet-sharing device 183 What Do I Need to Connect? 184 Wireless connections 184 Wired connections 190 Connecting to the Network 193 Verifying that the contraption works 193 Sharing stuff nicely with others 195 Use Your Firewall! 197 Chapter 12: Hooking Up with Handy Helpers 201 Connecting Printers 201 USB printers 202 Network printers 204 Connecting Scanners 205 Using Photo Booth 206 Conversing with FaceTime 209 Part 4: Living the Digital Life 211 Chapter 13: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes 213 What Can I Play on iTunes? 214 Playing an Audio CD 215 Playing Digital Audio Files 216 Browsing the Library 219 Finding songs in your Music Library 220 Removing old music from the Library 221 Watching Video 221 Keeping Slim Whitman and Slim Shady Apart: Organizing with Playlists 222 Know Your Songs 224 Setting the song information automatically 225 Setting or changing the song information manually 225 Ripping Audio Files 226 Tweaking the Audio for Your Ears 227 A New Kind of Radio Station 228 Internet Radio 228 Tuning in your own stations 229 Radio stations in your playlists 229 Creating a custom iTunes Radio station 230 iTunes and iCloud Together 230 iSending iStuff to iPod, iPhone, and iPad 231 Sharing Your Media across Your Network 232 Burning Music to Shiny Plastic Circles 233 Feasting on iTunes Visuals 235 Exercising Parental Authority 235 Buying Digital Media the Apple Way 237 Chapter 14: Focusing on Photos 239 Delving into Photos 239 Working with Images in Photos 242 Import images 101 243 Organize mode: Organizing and sorting your images 244 Edit mode: Removing and fixing stuff the right way 251 Exploring iCloud Photo Library 256 Putting My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing to Work 257 Chapter 15: Making Film History with iMovie 259 Shaking Hands with the iMovie Window 260 A Bird's-Eye View of Moviemaking 263 Importing the Building Blocks 264 Pulling in video clips 264 Making use of still images 266 Importing and adding audio from all sorts of places 267 Building the Cinematic Basics 269 Adding clips to your movie 270 Marking clips 271 Removing clips from your movie 271 Reordering clips in your movie 272 Editing clips in iMovie 272 Transitions for the masses 273 Even Gone With the Wind had titles 274 Adding maps and backgrounds 275 Creating an Honest-to-Goodness Movie Trailer 276 Sharing Your Finished Classic with Others 278 Chapter 16: Recording Your Hits with GarageBand 279 Shaking Hands with Your Band 280 Composing Made Easy 282 Adding tracks 283 Choosing loops 285 Resizing, repeating, and moving loops 288 Using the Arrangement track 290 Tweaking the settings for a track 291 Sharing Your Songs 293 Creating song files in iTunes 294 Exporting a project 295 Burning an audio CD 296 Part 5: Getting Productive with Your iMac 297 Chapter 17: Desktop Publishing with Pages 299 Creating a New Pages Document 300 Open an Existing Pages Document 301 Saving Your Work 302 Touring the Pages Window 302 Entering and Editing Text 303 Using Text, Shapes, and Graphics Boxes 304 The Three Amigos: Cut, Copy, and Paste 304 Cutting stuff 304 Copying text and images 304 Pasting from the Clipboard 305 Formatting Text the Easy Way 305 Adding a Spiffy Table 306 Adding Alluring Photos 307 Adding a Shape as a Background 308 Are You Sure about That Spelling? 309 Printing Your Pages Documents 310 Sharing That Poster with Others 310 Chapter 18: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers 313 Before You Launch Numbers 314 Creating a New Numbers Document 314 Opening an Existing Spreadsheet File 315 Save Those Spreadsheets! 316 Exploring the Numbers Window 317 Navigating and Selecting Cells in a Spreadsheet 318 Entering and Editing Data in a Spreadsheet 319 Selecting the Correct Number Format 320 Aligning Cell Text Just So 321 Formatting with Shading 322 Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns 323 The Formula Is Your Friend 323 Adding Visual Punch with a Chart 325 Printing Your Spreadsheet 326 Chapter 19: Building Presentations with Keynote 329 Creating a New Keynote Project 330 Opening a Keynote Presentation 331 Saving Your Presentation 331 Putting Keynote to Work 332 Adding Slides 333 Working with Text, Shapes, and Graphics Boxes 334 Adding and Editing Slide Text 335 Formatting Slide Text for the Perfect Look 335 Using Presenter's Notes in Your Project 336 Every Good Presentation Needs Media 336 Adding a Background Shape 337 Creating Your Keynote Slideshow 338 Printing Your Slides and Notes 339 Part 6: The Necessary Evils: Troubleshooting, Upgrading, and Maintaining 341 Chapter 20: It Just Sits There 343 Repeat after Me: Yes, I Am a Tech! 343 Step-by-Step iMac Troubleshooting 344 The number-one rule: Reboot! 344 Special keys that can come in handy 346 All hail Disk Utility, the troubleshooter's friend 348 Mark's iMac Troubleshooting Tree 351 Okay, I Kicked It, and It Still Won't Work 355 Local service, at your service 355 The macOS Help Center 355 Apple Help Online 356 Chapter 21: I Want to Add Stuff 357 More Memory Will Help 358 Figuring out how much memory you have 358 Installing memory modules 360 Can I Upgrade My Internal Drive? 363 Consider your external options 364 Gotta have internal 366 Weighing Attractive Add-Ons 367 Game controllers 367 External drive arrays 367 Video controllers 367 Audio hardware and MIDI controllers 367 Chapter 22: Tackling the Housekeeping 369 Cleaning Unseemly Data Deposits 369 Managing your storage in macOS (or cleaning things the elegant way) 370 Getting dirty (or cleaning things the manual way) 371 Using a commercial cleanup tool 374 Backing Up Your Treasure 375 Saving Files 375 Backing up to an external drive 375 Backing up to CD and DVD 376 Putting Things Right with Time Machine 377 Maintaining Drive Health 379 Automating Those Mundane Chores 380 Creating an application in Automator 381 Creating an Automator login item 382 Updating macOS Automatically 382 Part 7: The Part of Tens 385 Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Speed Up Your iMac 387 Nothing Works Like a Shot of Memory 388 Hold a Conversation with Your iMac 388 Vamoose, Unwanted Fragments! 388 Keep Your Desktop Background Simple 389 Column Mode Is for Power Users 389 Make the Dock Do Your Bidding 390 It All Started with Keyboard Shortcuts 390 Hey, You Tweaked Your Finder! 390 Keep in Touch with Your Recent Past 391 Go Where the Going Is Good 391 Chapter 24: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague 393 Keep Things Cool 394 Phishing Is No Phun 394 Don't Rely on a Single Password 395 Do You Really Want a Submerged Keyboard? 395 Don't Use Antiquated Utility Software 396 Don't Endorse Software Piracy 396 Call It the Forbidden Account 397 Don't Settle for a Surge Suppressor 397 Refurbished Hardware Is No Deal at All 398 iMacs Appreciate iCleanliness 398 Index 399

About the Author

Mark L. Chambers has been a technical author, computer consultant, BBS sysop, programmer, and hardware technician for more than 30 years. An unabashed Mac enthusiast, he has written more than 30 computer books, most about the Mac. They include MacBook All-in-One For Dummies 2nd Edition and Macs For Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition.

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