Getting Started with Mac OS X Lion

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Key Mac OS X Lion Server Information You Should Save

Complete information regarding every possible configuration for installing Mac OS X Lion Server would be overwhelming. Here's the core information that everyone should have written down somewhere, both [more…]

Ways to Log In Remotely to Mac OS X Lion Server

Mac OS X Lion Server provides several different ways to log on and manage the server from another computer, including from Windows and Linux computers. With all these methods, there is nothing to install [more…]

Common Port Numbers for Mac OS X Lion Server Services

Mac OS X Lion Server's unique services have some unique port numbers. The following table lists some of the more common default port numbers for configuring firewalls and router port-forwarding for Mac [more…]

Mac OS X Lion Server Keyboard Tips for Windows Users

You frequently use several keyboard and mouse actions in Mac OS X Lion Server's administration tools. Mac users will be familiar with these techniques, but they may be new to Windows users: [more…]

Working with Dialogs in Mac OS X Lion

Dialogs are special windows that pop up over the active window in Mac OS X Lion. You generally see them when you select a menu item that ends in an ellipsis [more…]

Working with Windows in Mac OS X Lion

Although Mac OS X Lion windows are similar to windows you’ve used in other versions of Mac OS, they have some new wrinkles. To start peering into windows on your Mac, first you need to know how to open [more…]

Navigating the Apple Menu in Mac OS X Lion

On the far left side of the Mac OS X Lion menu bar sits a little apple symbol, which, if you click it, actually displays a menu. No matter what Mac OS application is active, the apple menu is always available [more…]

How to Set System Preferences in Mac OS X Lion

Everyone likes to use Mac OS X Lion in a particular way. Finding out how to tweak various options will get Mac OS X Lion to work just the way you like it. You should start by becoming familiar with System [more…]

How to Set a Picture as Desktop Wallpaper in Mac OS X Lion

One of the first things Mac OS X users do when they’re setting preferences and personalizing their computers is setting a favorite photo as the desktop wallpaper. This action starts with the Apple menu [more…]

How to Set up a Screen Saver in Mac OS X Lion

One of the first things computer users do when they get a new Mac or install a new operating system is set their screen savers. Mac OS X Lion comes with several screen-saver modules. To set up your Max [more…]

Using Widgets on the Dashboard in Mac OS X Lion

The Mac OS X Lion Dashboard offers a cool set of widgets,Apple’s name for the mini-applications that live inside the Dashboard layer. You see, Dashboard takes over your screen when you invoke it by clicking [more…]

How to Customize Buttons, Menus, and Windows in Mac OS X Lion

Customizing buttons, menus, and windows in Mac OS X Lion can be a breeze. If you'd like your Mac to look a bit more festive (or, for that matter, businesslike), you have options in the General pane at [more…]

How to Adjust Keyboard Settings in Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion users have different hardware setups, and no two of them use their keyboards in the same way. Regardless of what you have, you should give some thought to customizing the way your keyboard [more…]

How to Adjust Mouse Settings in Mac OS X Lion

Some Mac OS X Lion users like to customize the way their mouse works. The Mouse System Preferences pane in OS X Lion is where you set your mouse speed and double-click delays. [more…]

How to Adjust Trackpad Settings in Mac OS X Lion

If you’re using Mac OS X Lion on a notebook Mac, you have a System Preferences pane called Trackpad. This pane lets you configure tracking and clicking speed as well as the gesturing behavior of your Mac’s [more…]

How to Customize Sound Settings in Mac OS X Lion

Out of the box, Mac OS X Lion comes with a preset collection of beeps and controls. By using the Sound Preferences pane. By changing settings on each of its three tabs—Sound Effects, Output, and Input—you [more…]

Using the Trash Folder in Mac OS X Lion

The Trash is a special container on the Mac Dock where you put the icons you no longer want to hang around on your hard drive(s). Got four copies of Letter to the Editor re: Bird Waste Issue [more…]

Opening Application Menus in the Mac OS X Lion Dock

Single-clicking an application icon in the Mac OS X Lion Dock launches that application. If that Mac OS X Lion application is already open, a single-click switches you to that application and brings forward [more…]

How to Open Files on the Mac OS X Lion Dock

Take a minute to look at the row of icons at the bottom of your display within OS X Lion. That row is the Dock, and those individual pictures are known as [more…]

Working with the Computer Folder in Mac OS X Lion

In Mac OS X Lion folder structure, the Computer folder is the top level of the hierarchy. The Computer folder shows all the storage devices (hard drives, CD- or DVD-ROM, USB flash drive, and so forth) [more…]

Working with the Library Folder in Mac OS X Lion

The Library folder, at the root level of your Mac OS X Lion hard drive, is like a public library; it stores items available to everyone who logs into an account on this Mac. You can find three Library [more…]

Working with the Home Folder in Mac OS X Lion

From the Users folder in your Mac OS X Lion Finder, you can drill down into the Home folder to see what’s inside. When the user logs on to this Mac, his Home folder appears whenever he clicks the Mac OS [more…]

How to Save a File in Mac OS X Lion

Saving a file in Mac OS X Lion works pretty much the same way in any application you use to create documents. This example uses TextEdit, but the process would be very similar in Microsoft Word, Adobe [more…]

Opening Files in Mac OS X Lion

Opening files on a modern Mac is pretty simple. You can open any icon in the Mac OS X Lion Finder, whether it’s a file or a folder, in at least six ways. [more…]

Viewing Files with the Quick Look Window in Mac OS X Lion

The Quick Look command in Mac OS X Lion displays the contents of the selected file in a floating window without launching an application. This Mac OS X Lion feature can be handy if you want to peek at [more…]

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