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Switching to a Mac: Microsoft Word and Office

Microsoft sells Mac versions of popular PC applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. If you frequently need to use files created by these programs, getting Word or the entire Office suite [more…]

Listening to Web Radio with iTunes

Now you can reach radio stations on the Internet that represent nearly every area of the world. You can tune into Japan-A-Radio for the top 40 hits in Japan, Cable Radio UK from the south coast of England [more…]

Surfing Securely with Safari in Mac OS X

If you're surfing the Internet with Safari, you need to consider security, both against outside intrusion from the Internet and prying eyes around your Mac. Protecting your privacy is of utmost importance [more…]

Mac OS X Tiger Timesaver: Creating and Using Groups

Every record in your Mac OSX Tiger Address Book can also be a member of one or more groups. (They don't have to be, though; a record can be independent of all groups.) Defining groups brings you three [more…]

Mac OS X Tiger: Accessing Remote Volumes and Folders

Here are three ways you can make using remote volumes (file shares) and folders easier when using Mac OS X Tiger. The first is to use aliases, the second is to use OS X's Sidebar, and the third uses aliases [more…]

Enhancing iLife with AppleScript

With the exception of iMovie, the iLife applications (and the iPod, as well) are scriptable. This means that you can write AppleScript code to automate repetitive tasks, communicate data from one program [more…]

Importing and Exporting Files with QuickTime

QuickTime Pro makes a great tool for converting media files. As your collection of multimedia grows, you'll eventually find yourself wishing that certain files were in a different format. For example, [more…]

Setting Up a Printer for the First Time in Mac OS X Panther

After you connect your computer and printer with a compatible cable, provide a power source for your printer, and install the software for your printer, you need to configure your Mac so that it and your [more…]

Getting to Know iDisk

iDisk is arguably the most useful .Mac feature of all. Who wouldn't want personal storage in the clouds or, in reality, on Apple's secure servers (that is, big powerful computers)? For one thing, data [more…]

Organizing Clips in iMovie

A video project with a lot of clips can quickly become hard to manage if you don't organize the clips in some way. The Clips pane shows all your clips in the project, but you can use it as a makeshift [more…]

Printing Standard Prints with iPhoto

In traditional commercial printing and photography, a light table — a translucent piece of plastic or glass fitted on top of a box with internal light — is used for trimming photographic film negatives [more…]

Using Mac OS X Panther Web Sharing

With .Mac, Apple takes care of the Web server for you, but you aren't limited to .Mac: You have other options when it comes to posting Web pages. Mac OS X comes stocked with its own high-powered Web server [more…]

Knowing the Mac OS X Troubleshooting Process

When you turn on your Mac, the first thing that it does (after the hardware tests) is to check for a startup disk with Mac OS 9 or X on it. If your system doesn't find such a disk on your internal hard [more…]

Basic Searching with Spotlight in Mac OS X

Tiger introduces Spotlight, Apple's new desktop search technology that you can use to find anything on your computer as quickly as you can type. (Yep, that includes all the documents, Address Book contacts [more…]

Introducing Stunts Your Mac Can Handle with Ease

Your Mac has myriad programs, functions, and capabilities. The following sections describe some of them. [more…]

Using Mac OS X's Built-in Firewall

A firewall watches all the network communications coming into your Mac — it automatically plays the role of security guard, blocking or denying certain network traffic that you want to avoid from reaching [more…]

Sharing Your Digital Masterpieces via iWeb

The iWeb software introduced with iLife '06 lets you build striking Web pages and create online journals, or blogs, by laying your own content on top of placeholder text and images found on predesigned [more…]

Using the Safari Web Browser in Mac OS X Tiger

Safari is the Web browser installed with Mac OS X Tiger. Before you can browse the Web, the first step is to open your Web browser. No problem. As usual, there's more than one way. You can launch Safari [more…]

Underneath the Apple Menu Tree in Mac OS X Panther

The Macintosh interface has sported an Apple menusince time immemorial (well, the 1980s anyway). So when the Mac OS X Public Beta appeared without one, Mac users everywhere crawled out of the woodwork [more…]

Searching with Sherlock in Mac OS X Panther

Looking for something on the Internet? Check out Sherlock, an application included with Mac OS X that can help you locate stuff on the Internet. You can scour general-purpose Internet search engines with [more…]

Organizing with Spring-Loaded Folders in Mac OS X Leopard

In Mac OS X Leopard, a spring-loaded folder pops open when you drag something onto it without releasing the mouse button. Spring-loaded folders work with all OS X Leopard folder or disk icons in all views [more…]

Sharing Files with Windows Computers in Mac OS X

If you've deigned to allow PCs running Windows on your network (a generous gesture to the lower classes), you'll probably want to also share files with those computers. Sharing files with a Windows PC [more…]

Dealing with Junk Mail in Mac OS X

Spam — it's the Crawling Crud of the Internet. Your paper mailbox is probably full of this junk mail. Thankfully, the latest version of Apple Mail has a net that you can cast to collect junk mail before [more…]

Customizing Finder Windows with Views in Mac OS X (Jaguar)

You have three ways to view a Finder window in Mac OS X — Column view, Icon view, and List view. Some people like columns, some like icons, and others love lists. Play with the three Finder views to see [more…]

Tracking Performance with Activity Monitor in Mac OS X

Activity Monitor is a useful application that is specially designed to show you just how hard your CPU, hard drives, network equipment, and memory modules are working behind the scenes. To run Activity [more…]


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