My New Mac, Lion Edition

Simple Projects to Get You Started
by Wallace Wang

October 2011, 504 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-390-3
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"Highly recommended for newbies and switchers."

So you finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. Whether it’s a MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, an Air, or iMac—it's still your Mac, and it runs the Macintosh operating system, OS X. But what do you do with your Mac after you turn it on? How about setting up an email account, video-chatting with your relatives, or playing your favorite songs and movies? You need a book like My New Mac to make everything easy.

In the Lion edition of the best-selling My New Mac, you’ll find 56 simple projects that will have you doing useful things right away—like surfing the Internet, sending email, listening to music, and playing with your digital photos. Fun stuff, if you know how to do it.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Connect to the Internet, chat with your friends, and listen to online radio stations
  • Install new software and customize your Mac
  • Control your Mac with Mission Control and sweet touch-gestures
  • View stocks, flights, and the weather at a glance
  • Play and burn CDs and DVDs
  • Use parental controls to limit your children's computer and Internet access
  • Transfer photos from your digital camera to your computer
  • Share songs, images, and documents wirelessly between Macs
  • Use the Mac’s security features to keep your computer safe from intruders

Don't put off learning how to use your new computer. Let Wallace Wang show you the ropes with My New Mac.

About the Author

Wallace Wang is the author of several best-selling computer books, including My New iPad, My New iPhone, and Steal This Computer Book (all No Starch Press). He is also a successful stand-up comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and performs regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Table of Contents


PART 1: Basic Training
Chapter 1: Learning to Use the Mouse and Trackpad
Chapter 2: Controlling Your Mac with Your Fingers
Chapter 3: Choosing Commands on the Menu Bar
Chapter 4: Running Programs and Files from the Dock
Chapter 5: Customizing the Dock
Chapter 6: Using Full-Screen Viewing
Chapter 7: Organizing Screens with Mission Control
Chapter 8: Opening Apps with the Launchpad

PART 2: Wrangling Files and Folders
Chapter 9: Navigating Through Folders with the Finder
Chapter 10: Tricks for Managing Your Files and Folders
Chapter 11: Finding Files Fast with Spotlight and Smart Folders
Chapter 12: Sharing Files Wirelessly
Chapter 13: Storing Files on a CD or DVD
Chapter 14: Using Resume, Auto Save, and Versions
Chapter 15: Retrieving Files Back in Time

PART 3: Making Life Easier
Chapter 16: Working Faster with Shortcut Commands
Chapter 17: Controlling Your Macintosh with Hot Corners
Chapter 18: Putting Information at Your Fingertips with Dashboard
Chapter 19: Giving Your Macintosh Multiple Personalities with User Accounts
Chapter 20: Slapping Parental Controls on Your Kids
Chapter 21: Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and Control
Chapter 22: Using the Mac App Store
Chapter 23: Installing, Updating, and Uninstalling Software
Chapter 24: Saving Contact Information
Chapter 25: Making Appointments in Your Calendar
Chapter 26: Typing Foreign Languages

PART 4: Playing Music and Movies
Chapter 27: Playing Audio CDs and Audio Files with iTunes
Chapter 28: Ripping and Burning Audio CDs
Chapter 29: Playing a DVD
Chapter 30: Listening to News, Music, and Talk Shows Online
Chapter 31: Listening to Free College Lectures
Chapter 32: Editing Video with iMovie

PART 5: The Digital Shutterbug
Chapter 33: Transferring Pictures to Your Macintosh
Chapter 34: Organizing Digital Photos in iPhoto
Chapter 35: Tagging and Sorting Digital Photos in iPhoto
Chapter 36: Editing Digital Photos in iPhoto
Chapter 37: Showing Off Your Pictures
Chapter 38: Taking Pictures of Yourself with Photo Booth

PART 6: Surfing and Sharing on the Internet
Chapter 39: Getting on the Internet and Sharing Folders
Chapter 40: Remembering Your Favorite Websites
Chapter 41: Saving a Web Page
Chapter 42: Keeping Your Internet Activities Private
Chapter 43: Customizing Safari
Chapter 44: Setting Up an Email Account
Chapter 45: Reading and Writing Email
Chapter 46: Making Email Look Pretty
Chapter 47: Organizing Your Email
Chapter 48: Dealing with Junk Email
Chapter 49: Video Chatting with FaceTime
Chapter 50: Instant Messaging with iChat

PART 7: Maintaining Your Mac
Chapter 51: Learning About Your Macintosh
Chapter 52: Conserving Energy While Using Your Macintosh
Chapter 53: Ejecting Stuck CDs or DVDs
Chapter 54: Password Protecting Your Macintosh
Chapter 55: Encrypting Your Data and Guarding Your Privacy
Chapter 56: Configuring the Firewall

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“Highly recommended for newbies and switchers.”

“Wallace Wang has hit the nail on the head. . . . Some people just learn better and
faster by doing projects rather than trying to stay awake doing tedious lessons.”

"My New Mac remains one of the best books for absolute beginners wanting to get their new Mac earning its keep as quickly and painlessly as possible. Recommended; MyMac rating: 10/10."
—MyMac (Read More)

“An excellent book for the novice to intermediate Mac user.”
—Mac User Group for Seniors

"My New Mac, Lion Edition is the missing manual that Lion users are looking for."
—Apple Gazette (Read More)

"This is an excellent book on several levels. A new Mac user, with Lion loaded on their machine, could learn to operate their Mac with just this book."
—The Mac Observer (Read More)

"My New Mac covers everything from using a mouse to the deep dark secrets hidden in system files. This manual will find a place on my desk for the times I am scratching my head to remember how some obscure system feature works."
—MacTech (Read More)

"If there is one book that we could recommend for new Mac users, it would have to be No Starch Press's My New Mac, Lion Edition."
—Mac|Life (Read More)

"Whether it's your first time kicking the tires of a Mac, or you're a hot-rod tuning pro, My
New Mac, Lion Edition
gives you the boost you need to explore your possibilities with MacOSX 10.7 Lion."
—The Buckeye Macintosh Group (Read More)

"My New Mac, Lion Edition would make a great gift for anyone who recently received his/her first Mac or for Windows switchers. It would also be beneficial for anyone upgrading from a much older version of OS X as many new Lion and iLife features are covered."
—Apple Mac HQ (Read More)

"If you're new to the Mac or a non-power-user who has never progressed past the basics of Mac operation, [My New Mac, Lion Edition] should be right up your alley."
—MacPrices (Read More)

"If you buy a new Mac, it will come with Lion installed, and that's when My New Mac, Lion Edition will come in handy."
—Ken Doyle, Associated Content (Read More)

"Reading and doing what is in My New Mac, Lion Edition would be a good way to learn to use a Mac."
—Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group (Read More)

"This book is a great tool, and well worth buying."
—Oceanside Mac User Group

The Mac ReviewCast reviews My New Mac, Lion Edition in Episode #274. Listen here.

"Information is delivered in satisfying, digestible portions that deal with specific tasks. I like this book and would recommend it to others."
—MacTips (Read More)

"I am part of an established Macintosh user group in Southern California. We often suggest that our new members look at Mr. Wang's books. In our opinion, they really are what Apple should ship with every product."
—Devin King, Southern California Macintosh Owners/Users Group (Read More)

"I found [the book] more interesting and informative than a manual as it helped with tasks rather than technical functions."
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