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iMac For Dummies, 9th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-24154-6
432 pages
April 2016
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Foolish Assumptions 1

About This Book 2

Icons Used in This Book 3

Beyond the Book 4

Where to Go from Here 4


CHAPTER 1: Okay, This Machine Looks Really, Really Weird 7

An Introduction to the Beast 8

Major parts of your major appliance 8

Important hidden stuff 13

Choosing a Home for Your New Pet 14

Picking the right location 14

Considering the convenience factor 15

Unpacking and Connecting 16

Unpacking your iMac For Dummies 16

Connecting cables like a true nerd 17

Discovering All the Cool Things You Can Do 18

What software do I get? 18

Looking forward to fun on the Internet 19

Applications that rock 19

Would you like to play a game? 20

Stuff You Oughta Buy Right Now 21

CHAPTER 2: Life! Give My iMac Life! 23

Throwing the Big Leaf Switch 24

Mark’s Favorite Signs of a Healthy iMac 24

Harriet, It’s Already Asking Me Questions! 25

Setting up OS X El Capitan 26

Registering your iMac 27

Importing Documents and Data from Your Old Mac 27

Manually Importing Documents and Data from Windows 29

CHAPTER 3: The Basics Behind OS X El Capitan 31

Your Own Personal Operating System 32

Wait a Second: Where the Heck Are the Mouse Buttons? 37

Launching and Quitting Applications with Aplomb 40

Performing Tricks with Finder Windows 44

Scrolling in and resizing windows 44

Minimizing and restoring windows 45

Moving and zooming windows 46

Closing windows 47

Juggling Folders and Icons 48

A field observer’s guide to icons 48

Selecting items 51

Copying items 52

Moving things from place to place 53

Duplicating in a jiffy 54

Using Finder tabs 54

Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts to Fame and Fortune 55

Home, Sweet Home Folder 58

Working with Mission Control, Spaces, and Dashboard 60

Personalizing Your Desktop 63

Customizing the Dock 65

Adding applications and extras to the Dock 65

Keeping track with Stacks 66

Resizing the Dock 67

What’s with the Trash? 68

All You Really Need to Know about Printing 69

And Just in Case You Need Help 71

The El Capitan built-in Help system 71

The Apple web-based support center 71

Magazines 72

Mac support websites 72

Local Mac user groups 72


CHAPTER 4: What’s New in El Capitan? 75

Hey, Did You Just Split Your View? 76

Lost Your Pointer? Give It a Shake! 77

Adding Functionality to Photos 78

Find My Friends Arrives in OS X 79

Banishing the Menu Bar 80

Browsing Attachments within Notes 81

CHAPTER 5: A Nerd’s Guide to System Preferences 83

An Explanation — without Jargon, No Less 84

Locating That Certain Special Setting 86

Popular Preferences Panes Explained 87

The Displays pane 87

The Desktop & Screen Saver pane 88

Mission Control preferences 90

The General pane 92

The Energy Saver pane 94

The Dock pane 94

The Sharing pane 96

The Time Machine pane 97

iCloud preferences 98

Notifications preferences 99

CHAPTER 6: Searching Amidst iMac Chaos 103

Doing a Basic Search 104

How Cool Is That? Discovering What Spotlight Can Do 106

Expanding Your Search Horizons 108

Customizing Spotlight to Your Taste 110

CHAPTER 7: Using Reminders, Notes, Notifications, and Maps 113

Remind Me to Use Reminders 114

Taking Notes the El Capitan Way 117

Staying Current with Notification Center 118

Introducing the Maps Application 121

Switching Views in Maps 123

Getting Directions Over Yonder 124


CHAPTER 8: Let’s Go on Safari! 129

Pretend You’ve Never Used This Thing 130

Visiting Websites 131

Navigating the Web 133

Setting Up Your Home Page 136

Adding and Using Bookmarks 137

Working with the Reading List and Shared Links 139

Downloading Files 140

Using Subscriptions and History 142

Tabs Are Your Browsing Friends 142

Printing Web Pages 144

Protecting Your Privacy 145

Yes, there are such things as bad cookies 145

Banishing pesky iCloud Keychain passwords 147

Handling ancient history 147

Setting notifications 148

Avoiding those @*!^%$ pop-up ads 148

CHAPTER 9: Expanding Your Horizons with iCloud 149

So How Does iCloud Work, Anyway? 150

Moving, Saving, and Opening iCloud Documents 151

Putting Handoff to Work 152

Configuring iCloud 153

Managing Your iCloud Storage 154

CHAPTER 10: Creating a Multiuser iMac 157

Once Upon a Time (An Access Fairy Tale) 158

Big-Shot Administrator Stuff 159

Deciding who needs what access 159

Adding users 160

Modifying user accounts 162

I banish thee, mischievous user! 164

Setting up login items and parental controls 166

Mundane Chores for the Multiuser Laptop 172

Logging in and out in El Capitan For Dummies 172

Interesting stuff about sharing stuff 175

Encrypting your Home folder can be fun 176

CHAPTER 11: Working Well with Networks 179

What Exactly Is the Network Advantage? 180

Should You Go Wired or Wireless? 181

Be a Pal: Share Your Internet! 183

What Do I Need to Connect? 184

Wireless connections 184

Wired connections 190

Connecting to the Network 193


CHAPTER 12: Hooking Up with Handy Helpers 201

Connecting Printers 201

USB printers 202

Network printers 204

Connecting Scanners 205

Using Photo Booth 206

Conversing with FaceTime 209


CHAPTER 13: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes 213

What Can I Play on iTunes? 214

Playing an Audio CD 215

Playing Digital Audio Files 217

Browsing the Library 220

Finding songs in your Music Library 221

Removing old music from the Library 221

Watching Video 221

Keeping Slim Whitman and Slim Shady Apart: Organizing with Playlists 222

Know Your Songs 224

Ripping Audio Files 227

Tweaking the Audio for Your Ears 228

A New Kind of Radio Station 229

Internet Radio 229

Tuning in your own stations 230

Radio stations in your playlists 231

Creating a custom iTunes Radio station 231

iTunes and iCloud Together 232

iSending iStuff to iPod, iPhone, and iPad 233

Sharing Your Media across Your Network 234

Burning Music to Shiny Plastic Circles 235

Feasting on iTunes Visuals 236

Exercising Parental Authority 237

Buying Digital Media the Apple Way 239

CHAPTER 14: Focusing on Photos 241

Delving into Photos 241

Working with Images in Photos 244

Import images 101 244

Organize mode: Organizing and sorting your images 246

Edit mode: Removing and fixing stuff the right way 254

Producing Your Own Coffee-Table Masterpiece 258

Introducing iCloud Photo Library 262

Putting My Photo Stream and Shared Albums to Work 263

CHAPTER 15: Making Film History with iMovie 265

Shaking Hands with the iMovie Window 266

A Bird’s-Eye View of Moviemaking 269

Importing the Building Blocks 270

Pulling in video clips 270

Making use of still images 272

Importing and adding audio from all sorts of places 272

Building the Cinematic Basics 275

Adding clips to your movie 276

Marking clips 277

Removing clips from your movie 277

Reordering clips in your movie 278

Editing clips in iMovie 278

Transitions for the masses 279

Even Gone with the Wind had titles 280

Adding maps and backgrounds 281

Creating an Honest-to-Goodness Movie Trailer 282

Sharing Your Finished Classic with Others 284

CHAPTER 16: Recording Your Hits with GarageBand 287

Shaking Hands with Your Band 288

Composing Made Easy 290

Adding tracks 291

Choosing loops 293

Resizing, repeating, and moving loops 296

Using the Arrangement track 298

Tweaking the settings for a track 299

Sharing Your Songs 302

Creating song files and ringtones in iTunes 303

Exporting a project 304

Burning an audio CD 304


CHAPTER 17: Desktop Publishing with Pages 307

Creating a New Pages Document 308

Open an Existing Pages Document 309

Saving Your Work 310

Touring the Pages Window 310

Entering and Editing Text 311

Using Text and Graphics Boxes 312

The Three Amigos: Cut, Copy, and Paste 312

Formatting Text the Easy Way 313

Adding a Spiffy Table 314

Adding Alluring Photos 315

Adding a Background Shape 316

Are You Sure about That Spelling? 317

Printing Your Pages Documents 318

Sharing That Poster with Others 318

CHAPTER 18: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers 321

Before You Launch Numbers 322

Creating a New Numbers Document 322

Opening an Existing Spreadsheet File 323

Save Those Spreadsheets! 324

Exploring the Numbers Window 325

Navigating and Selecting Cells in a Spreadsheet 326

Entering and Editing Data in a Spreadsheet 327

Selecting the Correct Number Format 328

Aligning Cell Text Just So 329

Formatting with Shading 330

Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns 331

The Formula Is Your Friend 332

Adding Visual Punch with a Chart 334

Printing Your Spreadsheet 335

CHAPTER 19: Building Presentations with Keynote 337

Creating a New Keynote Project 338

Opening a Keynote Presentation 339

Saving Your Presentation 340

Putting Keynote to Work 340

Adding Slides 342

Working with Text and Graphics Boxes 342

Adding and Editing Slide Text 343

Formatting Slide Text for the Perfect Look 344

Using Presenter’s Notes in Your Project 344

Every Good Presentation Needs Media 345

Adding a Background Shape 346

Creating Your Keynote Slideshow 346

Printing Your Slides and Notes 347


CHAPTER 20: It Just Sits There 353

Repeat after Me: Yes, I Am a Tech! 354

Step-by-Step iMac Troubleshooting 354

The number-one rule: Reboot! 355

Special keys that can come in handy 356

All hail Disk Utility, the troubleshooter’s friend 358

Mark’s iMac Troubleshooting Tree 361

Okay, I Kicked It, and It Still Won’t Work 365

Local service, at your service 365

The OS X Help Center 365

Apple Help Online 366

CHAPTER 21: I Want to Add Stuff 367

More Memory Will Help 368

Figuring out how much memory you have 368

Installing memory modules 370

Can I Upgrade My Hard Drive? 373

Consider your external options 374

Gotta have internal 376

Weighing Attractive Add-Ons 377

CHAPTER 22: Tackling the Housekeeping 379

Cleaning Unseemly Data Deposits 379

Getting dirty (or cleaning things the manual way) 380

Using a commercial cleanup tool 382

Backing Up Your Treasure 384

Saving Files 384

Putting Things Right with Time Machine 386

Maintaining Hard Drive Health 388

Automating Those Mundane Chores 389

Updating OS X Automatically 391


CHAPTER 23: Ten Ways to Speed Up Your iMac 395

Nothing Works Like a Shot of Memory 396

Hold a Conversation with Your iMac 396

Vamoose, Unwanted Fragments! 396

Keep Your Desktop Background Simple 397

Column Mode Is for Power Users 397

Make the Dock Do Your Bidding 398

It All Started with Keyboard Shortcuts 398

Hey, You Tweaked Your Finder! 398

Keep in Touch with Your Recent Past 399

Go Where the Going Is Good 399

CHAPTER 24: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague 401

Keep Things Cool 402

Phishing Is No Phun 402

Don’t Rely on a Single Password 403

Do You Really Want a Submerged Keyboard? 403

Don’t Use Antiquated Utility Software 404

Don’t Endorse Software Piracy 404

Call It the Forbidden Account 405

Don’t Settle for a Surge Suppressor 405

Refurbished Hardware Is No Deal at All 406

iMacs Appreciate iCleanliness 406

Index 407

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