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Mac OS X Snow Leopard For Dummies

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

Top Six Things You Should Never Do with Your Mac

Here’s how to always treat your Mac with care — especially if it’s loaded with Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Never do these six things with your Mac, PowerBook, iBook, MacBook, or MacBook Pro:

  • Never clean your monitor with Windex (or another product not designed to be used on 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 Windows is just like the Mac. Yeah, right. And Hyundai 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 Snow Leopard. 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 Snow Leopard (or press the Power button and then click the Shut Down button).

  • 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 Snow Leopard 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.

Awesome Web Sites for Mac OS X and Snow Leopard 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 Snow Leopard operating system:

  • 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.

  • VersionTracker is the place to go to find freeware, shareware, and software updates for Mac OS X. If VersionTracker 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.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard Keyboard Shortcuts

All of these Mac OS X Snow Leopard shortcuts work in the Finder, and many work in other programs you find in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, as well. Want to know how to make these shortcuts second nature? Tape this chart to your monitor where you’ll see it while using Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

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
Exposé: All Windows F9 (fn+F9 on laptops)
Exposé: Application Windows F10 (fn+F10 on laptops)
Exposé: Desktop F11 (fn+F11 on laptops)
Find Command+F
Get Info Command+I
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
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
Select All Command+A
Show Original (of selected alias) Command+R
Show View Options Command+J
Show/Hide Dock Option+Command+D
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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