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Customizing the Apple Menu in Mac OS 9

The Apple menu — see that multi-colored apple in the upper-left corner of your menu bar? — is fully configurable. Whatever is in the Apple Menu Items folder appears in the Apple menu. It's that simple. [more…]

Mousing Around the Mac Interface

The computing business requires a lot more clicking than Dorothy had to do to get back to Kansas. She used ruby slippers. You get to use a mouse.

A computer mouse is generally less frightening than that [more…]

Fiddling with Your Mac's Dashboard Widgets

Apart from prowling the virtual corridors of cyberspace or interacting with Apple's iLife programs, most of your face time on a Mac will find you engaged with some full-blown [more…]

Dealing with Startup Problems in Your Mac

What if you can't even get the computer to start? (That is a very unusual circumstance.) You probably have no power because the plug came loose (blame it on the dog or cat), the switch on the power strip [more…]

Setting Classic Preferences in Mac OS X Panther

If you have multiple hard drives or partitions with Mac OS 9.2.2 installed on them, you can choose which one to use as the operating system for the Classic environment. You make that choice in the Classic [more…]

Formatting Your Mac Document

Fancy fonts aren't the only way to doll up a document. You have important decisions to make about proper margins, paragraph indentations, and text tabs. And you must determine whether lines of text should [more…]

Getting to Know the Finder in Mac OS X Tiger

A finder window is a handy friend, and the Finder is indeed a window (or multiple windows) in OS X Tiger. Use the Finder to navigate through files, folders, and applications on your hard drive — or to [more…]

Updating Mac OS X

As any good software developer should, Apple constantly releases improvements to Mac OS X in the form of software updates. These updates can include all sorts of fun stuff, such as [more…]

Mac OS X Tiger Timesaver: Backing Up Your Data to an iPod

With Mac OS X Tiger, you can back up your data to an iPod in several ways, including simply dragging files and folders to the iPod in the Finder. Regardless of the method that you use, keep in mind that [more…]

Dragging and Dropping to Open Files in Mac OS 9

Macintosh drag-and-drop deals with dragging text and graphics from one place to another. But there's another angle to drag-and-drop, one that has to do with documents and icons. [more…]

Managing the Flood of Incoming E-Mail on Your Mac

The little red balloon on the Mail icon on the dock indicates the number of unread messages demanding your attention. New emails arrive as a matter of course through the Internet. You can click the Get [more…]

Adding Identifying Info to Your New Mac

Powering up a new Mac for the first time may make you feel like you're entering the United Nations. After the Apple logo disappears, a lengthy interrogation process commences. [more…]

Using Your Mac to Socialize

Folks routinely surf the Web seeking specific types of information — headlines, stock quotes, vacation deals, weather, homework help, sports scores, and technical support. But as much as anything, the [more…]

Setting Classic Preferences in Mac OS X Jaguar

If you have multiple hard drives or partitions with Mac OS 9 installed on them, you can choose which one to use as the operating system for the Classic environment. You make that choice in the Classic [more…]

How to Put Your Mac in Sleep Mode Manually

To save time and prevent wear and tear on your computer, don’t turn your Mac on and off; put your Mac into Sleep mode instead. When you put your Mac to sleep, it shuts down every part of your computer, [more…]

How to View Your Mac Folders as Icons or Columns

You can view your Mac folders as icons, columns, or even as album covers. You can change the view of your Mac folders by simply clicking the appropriate View button in the toolbar at the top of the Finder [more…]

How to Choose among the iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro

If you buy a newer Mac today, chances are that it will be either an all-in-one desktop (iMac), laptop (MacBook or MacBook Pro), or “headless” Mac (Mac Mini or Mac Pro). Which type of Mac you choose depends [more…]

How to Start Up Your Mac

Before you can use your Mac, you obviously have to start it up. Here’s the simple way to start up your Mac — the way you’ll probably do it 99 percent of the time: Press the power button. [more…]

How to Put Your Mac in Sleep Mode Automatically

You can make your Mac put itself in Sleep mode automatically after a fixed period of time. If your Mac doesn’t detect any keyboard or mouse activity within the length of time you have designated, your [more…]

How to Shut Down Your Mac

You can shut down your Mac if you won’t use it for an extended period of time or even perform a forced shutdown,which forces all running programs to shut down immediately. You have three ways to shut down [more…]

How to Restart Your Mac

If your Mac is acting sluggish or programs are failing to run, you may need to turn off your computer and restart it. Restarting your Mac essentially clears your computer’s memory and starts it up fresh [more…]

How to Use Your Mac’s Mouse (Trackpad)

To control your Mac, you need to use the mouse (or trackpad on laptop Macs) and the keyboard. You can use the mouse (trackpad) to choose commands, manipulate items on the screen, or create data, such as [more…]

How to Use Your Mac’s Function Keys

You may wonder what those function keys running along the top of the keyboard do. These function keys are labeled F1 through F12/F19 (how many you have depends on your keyboard), along with an Escape key [more…]

How to Use Your Mac’s Common Keyboard Shortcut

If you prefer, you can use keyboard shortcuts instead of choosing menu commands to perform tasks on your Mac. To do so, you press down your keyboard’s Shift, Control, Option, and Command keys while pressing [more…]

How to Close a Window on a Mac

When you’re done viewing or editing any information displayed in a window on your Mac, you can close the window. By closing each window as you are finished working with them, you keep your Mac screen clutter-free [more…]


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