Mac OS X Mountain Lion

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Handy Keyboard Shortcuts for OS X Mountain Lion

Make your work go faster by using these OS X Mountain Lion keyboard shortcuts that work in the Finder — and in many work in other OS X Mountain Lion programs , as well. Make these shortcuts second nature [more…]

What Not to Do with Your Mac

Treat your Mac and OS X Mountain Lion with care. Presumably, you use your Mac for many things, such as e-mail, IM, web surfing, loading photos and movies, listening to music, playing games, and maybe even [more…]

Best Informational Websites for Macs and OS X Mountain Lion

Want to know how to find out about all things Macintosh? Hop onto the web to check these Apple-related sites and stuff your brain with information about your Mac and OS X Mountain Lion: [more…]

OS X Mountain Lion For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You made a smart decision when you chose OS X, the Mac Operating System XX as in the Roman numeral ten. Whether you've purchased a new Mac with OS X Mountain Lion preinstalled or have upgraded from [more…]

How to Delete an Alias in Mountain Lion

Deleting an alias is an easy chore in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. To delete an alias, simply drag it onto the Trash icon in the Dock. That’s it! You can also Control-click it and choose Move to Trash from [more…]

How to Install (or Reinstall) Mac OS X Mountain Lion

In theory, you should have to install Mountain Lion only once, or never if your Mac came with Mountain Lion preinstalled. And in a perfect world, that would be the case. But you might find occasions when [more…]

How to Set Up Mountain Lion's Setup Assistant

Assuming that your Mountain Lion installation (or reinstallation) process goes well and your Mac restarts itself, the next thing you should see (and hear) is a short, colorful movie that ends by transforming [more…]

How to Get Mountain Lion Help

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

How to Remove Icons from the OS X Mountain Lion Dock

Removing an item from the Mac OS X Mountain Lion Dock is as easy as 1-2 (there is no 3): Just drag its icon out of the Dock, as shown in the top part of the figure, and it disappears with a cool [more…]

How to Add Mac OS X Mountain Lion Dock Icons

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

Set Global Dock Preferences in Mac OS X Mountain Lion

You can change a few things about the Mac OS X Mountain Lion Dock to make it look and behave just the way you want it to. To change global Dock preferences, choose Apple→Dock→Dock Preferences. The System [more…]

Mountain Lion Folder and Disk Dock Icon Menu Preferences

If you click a folder or disk icon in the Mac OS X Mountain Lion Dock, its contents are displayed in a Fan, Grid, or List menu, as shown. [more…]

The Mac OS X Mountain Lion Desktop

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

What Is an Icon in Mac OS X Mountain Lion?

What’s an icon? Glad you asked. Each Mac OS X Mountain Lion Finder icon represents an item or a container on your hard drive. Containers — hard disks, folders, CDs, DVDs, shared network volumes, and so [more…]

What Is a Mountain Lion Alias?

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

How to Create an Alias in Mountain Lion

When you create an alias in Mac OS X Mountain Lion, its icon looks the same as the icon that it represents, but the suffix alias is tacked onto its name, and a tiny arrow called a [more…]

How to Put Widgets on the Dashboard

Mac OS X Mountain Lion's Dashboard offers a way-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 [more…]

Part of the Series: Mac OS X Mountain Lion: 7 Ways to Personalize Your Workspace

Change the Appearance of Your Mountain Lion Buttons, Menus, and Windows

Computers don’t care about appearances, but if you want your Mac with OS X Mountain Lion to look a bit more festive (or, for that matter, businesslike), you have options in the General pane at your disposal [more…]

Part of the Series: Mac OS X Mountain Lion: 7 Ways to Personalize Your Workspace

How to Adjust Your Mac Mouse

The Mac OS X Mountain Lion Mouse System Preferences pane is where you set your mouse speed and double-click delays, which are two more ways in which you can tweak your Mac workspace to suit your preferences [more…]

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How to Move around the Mountain Lion System Preferences Window

If you want to set up your Mac to your personal preferences, you should start by becoming familiar with Mountain Lion's System Preferences window, which you can access from the Apple menu and in the Dock [more…]

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How to Add Pictures to Your Mountain Lion Desktop

When customizing your Mac OS X Mountain Lion workspace, the first thing you probably want to do is to place a personal picture of your family or family pet on the desktop. [more…]

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Set Up Screen Savers with OS X Mountain Lion

Mac OS X Mountain Lion comes with several screen-saver modules. If you want to jazz up your workspace, changing your screen saver is an easy tweak. To set up your screen saver, follow these steps: [more…]

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How to Adjust Your Mac Keyboard

No one uses the keyboard and mouse in the same way. The Keyboard System Preferences pane in Mac OS X Mountain Lion offers several tabs to enable you to modify the behavior of your keyboard in a myriad [more…]

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Icon View in Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Icon view in Mac OS X Mountain Lion is a free-form view that allows you to move your icons around within a window to your heart’s content. Check out the figure to see the icons in the Applications folder [more…]

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List View in Mac OS X Mountain Lion

List view in Mac OS X Mountain Lion 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…]

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