Getting Started with Mac OS X Lion

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How to Get Rid of Icons in Mac OS X Lion

To get rid of an icon from the Desktop or any Finder window in Mac OS X Lion, merely drag it onto the Trash icon on your OS X Dock.

Trashing an alias gets rid of only the alias, not the parent file. But [more…]

How to Use the Search Box in Mac OS X Lion Finder Windows

Mac OS X Lion includes a fabulous technology called Spotlight that can help you find almost anything on any mounted disk in seconds. With the Mac OS X Lion Finder search box, Spotlight can search for files [more…]

How to Use the Spotlight Menu and Window in Mac OS X Lion

One way to search for files and folders in Mac OS X Lion is to use the Spotlight menu itself — the magnifying-glass icon at the far right end of your menu bar. Click the icon to open the Spotlight Search [more…]

How to Manage Windows in Spaces in Mac OS X Lion

Spaces lets you manage Mac OS X Lion windows by organizing them in groups called spaces and then switching from space to space with a keystroke or gesture. When you use spaces, only two kinds of windows [more…]

How to Navigate Spaces in Mac OS X Lion

You can navigate Spaces in Mac OS X Lion by entering Mission Control and clicking the space you want to use, but you can also navigate spaces in the following ways: [more…]

How to Customize Your Mac OS X Lion Launchpad

Launchpad presents all of the applications in your Applications folder in a view that looks like the home screen of any iOS device. Launchpad for Mac OS X Lion is configurable, just like home screens on [more…]

Using Disks in Mac OS X Lion

Think of the disk icons that appear on the Desktop (and/or in the sidebars of Finder windows) in Mac OS X Lion as though they were folders. That’s because OS X Lion sees disks as nothing [more…]

Moving and Copying Disk Icons in Mac OS X Lion

Moving a file icon from one on-screen disk to another in Mac OS X Lion works the same way as moving an icon from one folder to another, with one notable exception: When you move a file from one disk to [more…]

How to Burn CDs or DVDs in Mac OS X Lion

With Mac OS X Lion, you can play, create, and publish audio and video on optical media. Depending on which type of optical drive your Mac is equipped with, you can burn some or all of the following types [more…]

How to Create a Basic Contact Group in Mac OS X Lion

Why would you want to organize your Address Book contacts into groups in Mac OS X Lion? The main reason is practical: you can send e-mail to everyone in a group that you’ve defined with a single click. [more…]

How to Set up a Smart Group in Mac OS X Lion

A Smart Group gathers contacts in your Mac OS X Lion Address Book based on criteria you specify. It’s like a normal contact group, but it makes the list for you. So, for example, you could create a group [more…]

Organizing Your Schedule with iCal in Mac OS X Lion

iCal is a wonderful program in Mac OS X Lion that combines a comprehensive daily/weekly/monthly appointment calendar and a to-do list. It offers multiple color-coded calendars, several types of reminder [more…]

Creating iCal Calendars in Mac OS X Lion

iCal is a memory-enhancing tool found in Mac OS X Lion. iCal in Max OS X Lion offers multiple color-coded calendars, several types of reminder alerts, repeating event scheduling, and more. [more…]

How to Group iCal Calendars in Mac OS X Lion

iCal is a memory-enhancing tool found in Mac OS X Lion. OS X Lion's iCal offers multiple color-coded calendars, several types of reminder alerts, repeating event scheduling, and more. [more…]

Creating and Managing iCal Events in Mac OS X Lion

iCal is a handy scheduling tool found in Mac OS X Lion, and if you make a habit of recording appointments and things to do in iCal, you’ll almost never forget them. It offers multiple color-coded calendars [more…]

How to Invite Others to an iCal Event in Mac OS X Lion

The most basic component in iCal is the event. You can create them, manage them, and delete them, and if you’re creating an event, you’re probably going to want other people to attend. To invite other [more…]

How to Set an iCal Event Alert in Mac OS X Lion

What’s the point of putting an iCal event on your calendar in Mac OS X Lion if you forget it? If you set an alert, iCal won’t let you forget. To set an alert in OS X Lion, click the word [more…]

Using Stickies in Mac OS X Lion

Stickies are electronic sticky notes for your Mac. A Sticky is a convenient place in Mac OS X Lion to jot quick notes or phone numbers that you’re going to need later. [more…]

Setting Your Internet Connection Preferences in Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion has the best and most comprehensive Internet tools ever shipped with a Mac operating system. OS X Lion offers built-in Internet connectivity right out of the box and comes with [more…]

Opening Safari in Mac OS X Lion

You use the Internet to connect your Mac to a wealth of information residing on computers around the world. Luckily for you, Mac OS X Lion has the best and most comprehensive Internet tools ever shipped [more…]

Navigating the Safari Toolbar in Mac OS X Lion

In Mac OS X Lion, the buttons along the top of the window in Safari (the toolbar) do pretty much what their names imply. From left to right, these buttons are [more…]

Bookmarking Web Pages with Safari in Mac OS X Lion

When browsing the web with Safari in Mac OS X Lion, you might find a web page you want to remember and return to, you bookmark it. Bookmarking in OS X Lion is pretty easy, here’s how it works: [more…]

Using Safari Top Sites Page in Mac OS X Lion

In Mac OS X Lion, Safari keeps track of the websites you visit most often. The OS X Lion Top Sites page has quickly become a favorite Safari feature and is super convenient, particularly if you use the [more…]

Following RSS Feeds in Mac OS X Lion's Safari

If you’re interested in closely following a certain kind of news from a specific website with Safari in Mac OS X Lion, you’ll be happy to learn about RSS feeds. In the past few years, [more…]

Messaging with iChat in Mac OS X Lion

If you’re into instant messaging, iChat in OS X Lion gives you immediate access to all the other users of AIM, Jabber, Google Talk, and MobileMe. All you need are their screen names, and you’re set to [more…]

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