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Getting Started with Mac OS X Lion

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How to Add Dock Icons in Mac OS X Lion

The Mac OS X Lion Dock is a convenient way to get at oft-used icons. By default, the OS X Lion Dock comes stocked with icons that Apple thinks you’ll need most frequently, but you can customize it to contain [more…]

How to Remove a Dock Icon in Mac OS X Lion

By default, the Dock in Mac OS X Lion comes stocked with icons that Apple thinks you’ll need most frequently, but you can customize it to contain any icons that you choose. Removing an item from the Dock [more…]

How to Resize the Dock in Mac OS X Lion

The Dock appears at the bottom of your screen by default, providing quick access to your most-often-used applications, documents, and folders in Mac OS X Lion. If the default size of the OS X Lion Dock [more…]

How to Set Dock Preferences in Mac OS X Lion

You can change a few things about the Mac OS X Lion Dock to make it look and behave just the way you want it to. First, look at the Max OS X Lion global preferences that apply to the Dock itself. Then [more…]

How to Create an Alias in Mac OS X Lion

An alias in Mac OS X Lion is a tiny file that automatically opens the file, folder, disk, or network volume that it represents. Although an alias in Mac OS X Lion is technically an icon, it’s different [more…]

Navigating the Desktop in Mac OS X Lion

The Desktop is the backdrop for the Finder in Mac OS X Lion — everything you see behind the Dock and any open windows. The Mac OS X Lion Desktop is always available and is where you can usually find your [more…]

Navigating the Mac OS X Lion Finder Toolbar

The Mac OS X Lion Finder window offers navigation aids. Several of these are on the toolbar — namely, the Back and Forward buttons. You can find other handy features on the OS X Lion Go menu. [more…]

How to Navigate the Mac OS X Lion Finder in Column View

Within OS X Lion views are part of what makes your Mac feel like your Mac. Mac OS X Lion offers four views so you can select the best one for any occasion. Column view is a handy way to quickly look through [more…]

How to Navigate the Mac OS X Lion Finder in Icon View

Finder views in Max OS X Lion can make your computer feel like your Mac. Mac OS X Lion has four views — you can pick the best one for the situation. Icon view is a free-form view that allows you to move [more…]

How to Navigate the Mac OS X Lion Finder in List View

In List view, the Mac OS X Lion Finder has little triangles to the left of each folder, known as disclosure triangles,which let you see the contents of a folder without actually opening it. This view also [more…]

Using the Go Menu in the Mac OS X Lion Finder

The Go menu in the Mac OS X Lion Finder offers many shortcuts. The items on the Go menu take you to places on your Mac — many of which can be found in the Finder window toolbar — and a few other places [more…]

How to Set Finder Preferences in Mac OS X Lion Finder

You can find Finder and Desktop preferences in Mac OS X Lion by choosing Finder→Preferences. In the Mac OS X Lion Finder Preferences window that appears, you find four panes: General, Labels, Sidebar, [more…]

Finding Icon Data in the Info Window in Mac OS X Lion

Every icon in Mac OS X Lion has an Info window that gives you information about that icon and enables you to choose which other users (if any) you want to have the privilege of using this icon. In Mac [more…]

Understanding the Mac OS X Lion Folder Structure

To get acquainted with Mac OS X Lion folder structure, start by looking at the folder structure of a typical Mac OS X installation. Open a Finder window, and click the icon for your hard drive [more…]

How to Create a Burn Folder in Mac OS X Lion

A burn folder lets you burn selected files to a CD or DVD in Mac OS X Lion many times. Perhaps the most useful thing you can do with a burn folder in OS X Lion is to create one that contains your most [more…]

How to Assign a File Type to an Application in Mac OS X Lion

Sometimes, if your Mac doesn’t recognize a file type as something that one of its programs can handle, or if you want a specific file type to always open in a specific program, Mac OS X Lion might need [more…]

How to Organize Files with Subfolders in Mac OS X Lion

Folders in Mac OS X Lion work like manila folders in the real world. Their icons look like folders, like the one in the margin to the left; they can contain files or other folders, called [more…]

How to Create a New Folder in Mac OS X Lion

Think of creating new folders in Mac OS X Lion the same way you’d think of labeling a new folder at work for a specific project. New folders help you keep your files organized, enabling you to reorganize [more…]

Working with Spring-Loaded Folders in Mac OS X Lion

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

Working with Smart Folders in Mac OS X Lion

Smart Folders let you save search criteria in Mac OS X Lion and then tell them to work in the background to reflect those criteria in real time. In other words, Mac OS X Lion Smart Folders are updated [more…]

Understanding the Mac OS X Lion Clipboard

The Mac OS X Lion Clipboard is a holding area for the last thing that you cut or copied. That copied item can be text, a picture, a portion of a picture, an object in a drawing program, a column of numbers [more…]

How to Copy Files and Folders in Mac OS X Lion

Sometimes you need to move or duplicate files and folders in Mac OS X Lion. One way to copy icons from one place to another is to use the Clipboard. When a file or folder icon is selected, choose Edit→Copy [more…]

How to Move Files and Folders in Mac OS X Lion

You can move Mac OS X Lion files and folders around within a window to your heart’s content as long as that window is set to icon view. Just click and drag any file's icon to its new location in the window [more…]

How to Select Multiple Icons in Mac OS X Lion

Sometimes, in the course of working with Mac OS X Lion, you want to move or copy several items into a single folder. If you want to move all the files in a particular folder, simply choose Edit→Select [more…]

How to Rename Icons in Mac OS X Lion

To rename an icon in Mac OS X Lion, you can either click the icon’s name directly (don’t click the icon itself, because that selects the icon) or click the icon and then press Return [more…]

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