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Mac 101: The Grand Tour

The Finder: Like rummaging through your drawers and closets, the Finder is the place to, well, find stuff on your Mac. Learn how to do just that using the Finder and Finder windows.

The Desktop: This is your main work area. Learn more about what it is and how to use it to your organizational whim.

The Menu Bar: When you want to make your Mac do something, you can order a host of commands right off the menu. Learn about the menu bar and how to command your Mac to do your dirty work.

The Dock : The Dock is your personal launching pad to open applications, documents, servers, websites, and more. It's also the place to talk Trash. We'll show you how to use the Dock and customize it for your daily routine.

Applications, Files, and Folders: You're going to use these things frequently, so get to know what they are. We'll show you how to open and close applications, files, and folders; get more information about these items; and do various other tasks that involve them.

Mac 101: Connect and Use Your Devices

Ports and Connectors: Before you start connecting stuff to your Mac, you need to get to know your computer's various ports. If you're unfamiliar with what those funny shaped holes are, this lesson introduces you to the ports on your Mac, and provides general information about what you'll need to connect peripherals.

Connect Your Printer: Someday your prints will come. If you've got a printer and complete this lesson, that day can be today. We'll show you how to hook up a printer, connect to a networked printer, and print your files. Plus, get tips on getting perfect prints.

Connect to the Internet: Whether you're using a DSL or cable modem, or want to connect without wires, we'll show you how to hook things up, configure your Internet settings, and get you connected to the worldwide web and email.

Connect Your Camera: Digital still and DV cameras do all the work when it comes to capturing images, but if you want to view, edit, and share what you've caught, you'll need to download the pictures or video to your Mac. This lesson explains how to do just that.

Connect Your Scanner: If you've got a scanner, follow this lesson to find out how to connect it to your Mac, and get tips that'll help you get the best scan for your job at hand.

Audio Attachments: The Mac has long been the tool of choice for both recording engineers and musicians. This lesson will show you how to connect instruments (guitar, bass, and microphone), digital music players, and other musical gear to your Mac.

Set Up Storage Devices: If you want to keep files separate from your computer's internal hard drive, you can connect an external FireWire or USB drive, DVD-RW or CD-RW drive, or other removable storage device. We'll tell you what you need to know to connect these types of devices.

Mac 101: Customize Your Mac

Change Your Desktop: Nothing wrong with keeping that same Tiger default image as your Desktop picture, but if you care to change it, we'll show you how to swap it for another of ours or one of your own.

Change Your Screen Saver: Your Mac comes with a few screen savers. We'll show you how to change the default one, create your own from your photo collection, and add third-party savers.

Modify Your Windows: Want to add your own stuff to the sidebar or more commands to the toolbar? Do you hate boring white windows? Wish you could add some color to your files? Find out how to do these things and more.

Set Your Preferences: From sound effects to hot keys to sleepy time, we'll show you how to set your Mac preferences for your tastes and needs.

Customize the Dock: The Dock isn't permanently anchored to the bottom of your screen. Not only can you change where it appears, you can alter how it looks and reacts, and modify its contents as well.

Change Your Icons: If you want certain files and folders to stand out from others, give them a custom stamp of approval. You can change your user account image icon too.

Mac 101: Work and Play

Mac Essentials: Did you know that your Mac is smart enough to update its own software? Or that dragging a CD or DVD to the Trash is an absolute necessity? Or that your Mac can store all your passwords on a Keychain? Or that everyone who shares your Mac can have his or her own user account? No? Then start here.

Address Book: Keep your friends, family, and foes close by preserving and managing their contact details in Address Book.

Automator: Wouldn't it be nice to have your own personal robot that could take care of all the nitty-gritty, repetitive tasks you do each day? Meet Automator.

Dashboard: Like desktop toys and tools? Dashboard is a new, cool feature of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger that lets you get quick access to a world of widgets at the press of a key.

Dictionary: Need to find the meaning of life? Look it up in Dictionary! Whether you seek word spellings, meanings, or synonyms, knowledge is right at your fingertips.

DVD Player: You know what they say about all work and no play. For those times when you feel like being a couch (or office chair) potato, DVD Player gives you a front row seat to the movies.

Exposé: If you find yourself buried in windows and application interfaces, Exposé is a nifty tool that can help you access windows instantly and effortlessly.

Font Book: Got fonts? Font Book makes it easy to manage your font collection, and provides tools that take the pain out of working with them.

GarageBand: Whether you're a musical virtuoso or don't know a quarter note from a keynote, GarageBand enables you to make music—with or without real instruments.

iCal: Forget jotting down appointments and to-do lists on sticky notes and calendars. iCal can help you get a handle on everything in your—and anyone else's—life.

iChat AV: Long distance phone bills and text messaging charges can be a thing of the past. With iChat AV, you can text, audio, and video chat with others using your Internet connection.

iDVD: Ready to share your movie masterpiece? iDVD features all the tools you need to create professional-looking DVDs that rival movie studio releases and play in any DVD player.

iMovie HD: If you've got a DV camera or digital still camera that can capture movies, iMovie HD lets you don the director's cap and edit movies like a pro—even high-definition video.

iPhoto: For the shutterbug in all of us, iPhoto allows you to easily view, edit, and share your digital photos. You can even create slideshows and your own photo books.

iSync and .Mac Sync: If you're an on-the-go, gadget-toting individual, iSync enables you to sync contacts, schedules, and other data on your Mac across your collection of cell phones, iPods, and Palm devices. And if you're a .Mac member, .Mac Sync will ensure that your entire Mac army is in sync too.

iTunes: If you like music, you'll love iTunes—a fully integrated music playing, buying, burning, converting, streaming, and so-much-more application.

Mail: Get smart about your email. Mail not only lets you send and receive email, it can track and manage your messages, and eliminate junk mail too.

Preview: PDF viewing got a whole lot better with Preview, a PDF viewer that does more than simply show you the document. You can search for and copy text, view photo and fax files, play slideshows, and more.

QuickTime Player: QuickTime is the digital media standard when it comes to playing just about every flavor of audio, video, and image file format. If accessing online multimedia is your goal, QuickTime Player will get you there.

Safari: Get the most out of your web experience with Safari. This web browser offers plenty of features to make your Internet activity more efficient, including fast page loads, built-in Google search, pop-up window blocker, and AutoFill automation.

iWeb: Build a beautiful website in minutes. Use iWeb to create websites and blogs - complete with podcasts, photos, and movies - and get them online, fast.

Spotlight: If you're searching for stuff on your Mac, look no further than Spotlight, an incredible search technology that can search for anything that you type and return results at blazing speeds.

TextEdit : You don't necessarily need a pricey word-processing application to take care of your text needs. TextEdit provides text and formatting tools, graphics and movie handling, spell check, and can even speak your text back to you.

VoiceOver: For those with visual or learning disabilities, VoiceOver provides a spoken English interface that makes it easier to get around the Mac.
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