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Mac OS X Lion For Dummies

From Mac OS X Lion For Dummies by Bob LeVitus

Congratulate yourself on choosing Mac OS X, the Macintosh Operating System X — that’s the Roman numeral ten. Upgrade to Mac OS X Lion, and get new features that make your Mac easier to use and improvements that make you more productive.

Top Six Things You Should Never Do with Your Mac

Here's how to treat your Mac with care — especially if it's loaded with Mac OS X Lion. Never do these six things with your Mac, MacBook, or MacBook Pro:

  • Never clean your monitor with Windex (or another product not designed to be used on a video display). And nix the paper towels and tissues, too. Use a soft cloth (microfiber is best) if you want to avoid scratching the display.

  • Never pay attention to anyone who says that PCs are just like the Mac. Yeah, right. And Kia is the Asian cousin of BMW.

  • Never bump, drop, shake, wobble, dribble, drop-kick, or play catch with a hard drive while it's running Lion. Don't forget: Your desktop Mac has a hard drive inside it, too.

  • Never shut off your Mac by pulling the plug. Always use the Shut Down command from the Apple menu in Lion (or press the Power button and then click the Shut Down button).

    If you're using a laptop, you can usually get away with pulling the plug while it's running. The only caveat is that if your battery is totally depleted, damaged, or missing entirely, you could suffer directory damage or data loss by pulling the plug. Just use the Shut Down command and you'll sleep well.

  • Never get up from your Mac without saving your work. Just before your behind leaves the chair, your fingers should be pressing Command+S (which is the keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X Lion that saves your work). Make it a habit.

  • Never keep only one copy of your important documents. Make at least two backup copies and keep one of them in another location. Period.

Five Awesome Websites for Mac OS X and Lion Lovers

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 Mac OS X Lion:

  • The Apple support site and Knowledge Base are treasure troves of tech notes, software update information, troubleshooting tips, and documentation for most Apple products.

  • MacInTouch is the preeminent Mac news and information site, full of tips, hints, and troubleshooting information. Many users consider MacInTouch (along with MacSurfer and MacFixit) a must-read every day.

  • CNET Downloads, the site formerly known as VersionTracker, is the place to go to find freeware, shareware, and software updates for Mac OS X. If this site doesn't have it, it probably doesn't exist.

  • Alltop aggregates information from dozens of great Mac-oriented Web sites and makes it easy to skim headlines and story summaries. You can even build your own custom version that contains only sites you want to see.

  • TidBITS bills itself as, "Apple news for the rest of us," but there's much more to TidBITS than just the news. You can also find thoughtful commentary, in-depth analysis, and detailed product reviews, written and edited by pros who really know the Apple ecosystem.

Mac OS X Lion Keyboard Shortcuts

All these Mac OS X Lion shortcuts work in the Finder, and many work in other programs you find in Mac OS X Lion, as well. Want to know how to make these shortcuts second nature? Print out this chart and tape it to your monitor where you'll see it while using Mac OS X Lion.

Command Keyboard Shortcut
Add Selected Item to Sidebar Command+T
Close All Windows Option+Command+W
Close Window Command+W
Copy Command+C
Cut Command+X
Dashboard F12 (fn+F12 on laptops)
Duplicate Command+D
Eject Disk Command+E
Empty Trash Shift+Command+Delete
Find Command+F
Get Info (on selected item or items) Command+I
Go to All My Files Shift+Command+F
Go to Applications Folder Shift+Command+A
Go to Desktop Shift+Command+D
Go to Home Folder Shift+Command+H
Help Shift+Command+?
Hide Current Application Command+H
Log Out Current User Shift+Command+Q
Make Alias Command+L
Minimize Window Command+M
Mission Control: All Windows Control+Up Arrow (F3 on Apple keyboards)
Mission Control: Application Windows Control+Down Arrow (Control+F3 on Apple keyboards)
Mission Control: Show Desktop F11 (fn+F11 on laptops) (Command+F3 on Apple keyboards)
Move to Trash Command+Delete
Empty Trash Shift+Command+Delete
New Finder Window Command+N
New Folder Shift+Command+N
New Smart Folder Option+Command+N
Next Window Command+`
Open Command+O
Open Inspector Option+Command+I
Paste Command+V
Quick Look (at selected item) Command+Y or Spacebar
Select All Command+A
Show Original (of selected alias) Command+R
Show View Options Command+J
Show/Hide Sidebar Option+Command+S
Show/Hide Dock Option+Command+D
Show/Hide Status Bar Command+/
Turn VoiceOver On/Off Command+F5 (fn+F5 on laptops)
Turn Zoom On/Off Option+Command+8
Undo Command+Z
View Window as Icons Command+1
View Window as List Command+2
View Window as Columns Command+3
View Window as Cover Flow Command+4
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