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Getting Started with Mac OS X Lion

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How to iChat with Audio and Video in Mac OS X Lion

The greatest iChat feature is audio/video chatting, which is why it was once known as iChat AV. Apple dropped the AV part, but the version of iChat in Mac OS X Lion still has fantastic audio and video [more…]

How to Use iChat Remote Screen Sharing in Mac OS X Lion

Remote Screen Sharing is available in Mac OS X Lion, but it was introduced in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. And it’s possibly the most useful iChat feature of all time. It lets you control another Mac anywhere [more…]

How to Make FaceTime Calls in Mac OS X Lion

In the beginning, FaceTime brought video calling to the iPhone 4. It was iPhone 4-to-iPhone 4 only and required Wi-Fi (not 3G). Still, it was pretty cool and worked quite well. Not surprisingly, it soon [more…]

How to Add Contacts to Your Address Book in Mac OS X Lion

The Address Book is where you store contact information for your family, friends, and anyone else you want to keep track of in Mac OS X Lion. It works seamlessly with the OS X Lion Mail application, enabling [more…]

How to Add Songs to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion

There are a number of ways to add media to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion, depending upon the type of media and where the files reside. For example, in OS X Lion you can add song files you’ve downloaded from [more…]

How to Add Movies and Video to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion

There are a number of ways to add media to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion, depending upon the type of media and where the files reside. For example, in OS X Lion you can add movie or video files you’ve downloaded [more…]

How to Add Podcasts to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion

There are a number of ways to add media to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion, depending upon the type of media and where the files reside. For example, in OS X Lion you can add files you’ve downloaded from websites [more…]

How to Watch Movies with Mac OS X Lion’s DVD Player

The DVD Player application in Mac OS X Lion includes snazzy little on-screen controllers. They enable you to watch your movies on your Mac in pretty much the same way you’d watch them on your TV with your [more…]

Viewing Images and PDFs in the Mac OS X Lion Preview

You use Preview to open, view, and print PDFs as well as most graphics files (TIFF, JPEG, PICT, and so on) in Mac OS X Lion. One of the most useful things the OS X Lion Preview can do is change a graphic [more…]

How to Download Pictures from a Camera in Mac OS X Lion

Chances are good that you’ll want to import pictures from your digital camera into Mac OS X Lion someday. Getting pictures from your digital camera onto your OS X Lion hard drive is a pretty simple task [more…]

Creating a TextEdit Document in Mac OS X Lion

TextEdit is a word processor/text editor in Mac OS X Lion that you can use to write letters, scribble notes, or open Read Me files. It’s not as sophisticated as Microsoft Word [more…]

Editing and Formatting TextEdit Documents in Mac OS X Lion

TextEdit in Mac OS X Lion operates on the “select, then operate” principle, as do most Macintosh programs, including the Finder. So in Mac OS X Lion, before you can affect text in your document — change [more…]

How to Compose a New E-Mail Message in Mac OS X Lion Mail

Mail is a program in Mac OS X Lion for sending, receiving, and organizing your e-mail. Mail is fast and easy to use, too. Click the Mail icon in the OS X Dock or double-click the Mail icon in the Applications [more…]

Navigating the Mail Toolbar in Mac OS X Lion

Mail is a program in Mac OS X Lion for sending, receiving, and organizing your e-mail. Before you can master the application, you’ll have to take a look at the nine handy buttons and a search field in [more…]

How to Check for New Mail in Mac OS X Lion

Mail is a program in Mac OS X Lion for sending, receiving, and organizing your e-mail. How do you check and open your mail? In OS X Lion just click the Get Mail button at the top of the main Mail window [more…]

How to Set Mail Rules in Mac OS X Lion

If you really want to tap the power of the Mail application in Mac OS X Lion, you need to set rules. With rules in Mac OS X Lion, you can automatically tag messages with a color; file them in a specific [more…]

Using Mailboxes in Mac OS X Lion

Plain mailboxes in Mail are just like folders in the Mac OS X Lion Finder; you create them and name them, and they’re empty until you put something in them. They even look like OS X Lion folders in Mail’s [more…]

How to Create Smart Mailboxes in Mac OS X Lion

A smart mailbox is Mail’s version of the Mac OS X Lion Finder’s Smart Folder. In a nutshell, smart mailboxes are mailboxes that display the results of a search. The messages you see in a smart mailbox [more…]

How to Add Mail Signatures in Mac OS X Lion

If you’d rather not type your whole signature every time you send an e-mail message, you don’t have to with Mail in Mac OS X Lion. If you create canned signatures, you can use them in outgoing OS X Lion [more…]

Setting up a Printer for the First Time with Mac OS X Lion

After your computer and printer are connected with a compatible cable, powered on, and installed with the appropriate Mac OS X Lion-compatible software, you’re ready to configure your Mac. You have to [more…]

How to use Page Setup when Printing in Mac OS X Lion

After you set up your printer with Mac OS X Lion, the features in the Page Setup sheet can help you solve most basic printing problems. Many programs have a Page Setup command on their File menu. Note [more…]

How to Use a Mouse with Mac OS X Lion

Are you new to the Mac and just figuring out how to move the mouse around? Now is a good time to go over some fundamental stuff that you need to know for just about everything you’ll be doing on a Mac [more…]

Navigating the Help Menu in Mac OS X Lion

One of the best features about all Macs is the excellent built-in help, and Mac OS X Lion doesn’t cheat you on that legacy: This system has online help in abundance. When you have a question about how [more…]

Navigating the Finder in Mac OS X Lion

The Finder is the program that creates the Desktop, keeps track of your files and folders, and is always running. Just about everything you do on your Mac in OS X Lion begins and ends with the Finder. [more…]

Navigating Windows in Mac OS X Lion

Windows are a ubiquitous part of using a Mac. When you open a folder in OS X Lion, you see a window. When you write a letter, the document that you’re working on appears in a window. When you browse the [more…]

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