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Best-selling author Wallace Wang teaches you how to use El Capitan, the latest version of the Mac operating system, in everyday situations. This book shows you, the beginner Mac user, how to get up and running, operate, and work day-to-day on your Mac. You will learn how to run applications, manage windows and files, work with the internet, and more. You will even learn how to use your Mac with an iPhone and an Apple watch.
If you've ever felt that you couldn't learn how to use a Mac, this is your opportunity to give it a go.
What you’ll learnHow to get up and running with Mac OS X El Capitan
How to navigate and manage views
How to manage your files
What entertainment options are available to you, and how to use them
How to maintain your Mac
How to work with iPhone and Apple watch. Who This Book Is For
Anyone who wants to learn how to use OS X El Capitan. No previous experience is required.



Basic Training


Chapter 1. Understanding OS X

Most computers tend to work in similar ways. A monitor displays information, a processor calculates new results, and input devices such as a keyboard, mouse, or trackpad allow someone to control the computer.
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Chapter 2. Giving Commands with the Mouse, Trackpad, and Keyboard

To use OS X, you need to know how to point and click to choose commands. To point and click, you need to understand the basics to using a mouse or trackpad. In addition, you also need to understand how to use a keyboard to give commands as well.
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Chapter 3. Running Programs

The main reason to use OS X is to run programs on a Mac. By installing and running different programs or applications, you can make your Mac perform a variety of different tasks.
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Chapter 4. Typing and Editing Text

One of the more common uses for a computer is to create text. Creating text means knowing how to type, edit, copy, move, and delete text no matter what program you may use.
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Chapter 5. Understanding Files and Folders

Files store data while folders store files. By understanding files and folders, you can save and organize your important information on a computer.
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Chapter 6. Manipulating Files

Files store data so it's important to know how to find, copy, rename, move, and delete files using the Finder program.
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Chapter 7. Sharing Files

You may create files and use them only for yourself, but in many cases you'll want to share files with others. That's why you need to know different ways to share files with all types of computers.
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Customizing OS X


Chapter 8. Using the Dock and the Launchpad

The Dock and Launchpad provide shortcuts to finding and running programs installed on your Macintosh. By learning to customize the Dock and use the Launchpad, you can find the programs you want quickly and easily.
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Chapter 9. Installing Software

Software makes any computer perform specific tasks. By learning how to install and uninstall software, you can make install the programs that you need to make your Macintosh useful for you.
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Chapter 10. Customizing the Screen

The screen of every Macintosh looks alike. To customize their computer, many people prefer changing the image that appears on the screen every time the computer runs. Customizing the screen lets you stamp your own personality on your computer.
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Chapter 11. Customizing the Finder Window

The Finder program lets you manage the files and folders on your Macintosh. By customizing the appearance of the Finder window, you can make it easy to find the files and folders you need.
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Chapter 12. Organizing Windows

A window on your screen lets you see information such as a web page in a browser or a letter in a word processor. By learning how to manipulate windows on the screen, you can organize the data you need to work on.
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Having Fun


Chapter 13. Playing with Photos

You can store photos in physical albums, but a much simpler solution is to store all your digital photos on your Macintosh. By using various programs, you can turn your Macintosh into a digital photo album that lets you store, organize, and edit pictures captured with any digital camera.
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Chapter 14. Watching and Editing Video

Video files come in different file formats. Fortunately, OS X includes several programs that can recognize different file formats so you can watch video no matter how it may be saved.
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Chapter 15. Playing Music

Almost everyone loves listening to music. With a Macintosh, you can not only play music, but you can also purchase it through an Internet connection. By letting you store, arrange, and play music, your Macintosh can act like a stereo to keep you entertained.
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Chapter 16. Reading e-Books

More books are appearing in digital format. While you could buy a separate e-reader, you can also turn your Macintosh into an e-reader. That way you can read your favorite e-books anywhere you can take your computer.
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Getting on the Internet


Chapter 17. Browsing the Internet

Practically every computer can access the Internet and one of the most popular programs for accessing the Internet on a Macintosh is the Safari browser. To Safari, you may need to define how your Macintosh accesses the Internet. The Internet can be your gateway to information all over the world and you can read it all through the convenience of a Macintosh.
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Chapter 18. Using E-mail

One of the most common uses for the Internet is to send messages to your friends using e-mail. Email can not only send and receive text, but can also send files as well. By learning how to send and receive e-mail, you can stay in touch with everyone you know through your Macintosh.
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Chapter 19. Using Messages and FaceTime

As Internet speeds get faster, more people are taking advantage of instant, real-time communication over the Internet. Two ways to communicate with others instantly involves sending and receiving text messages and talking to other people through a computer's microphone and speakers.
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Chapter 20. Using iCloud

With a reliable Internet connection, you can store files on iCloud. Not only does this give you access to your data from any device, but it also protects your data where it can never be lost if you ever lose your computer. By using iCloud, you can use your data more conveniently than ever before.
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Getting Work Done


Chapter 21. Keeping Track of Contacts

Computers are great at storing data and helping you find and search or sort through that data. That's why your Macintosh can be perfect for replacing a Rolodex file so you can store important information and find it again just as easily.
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Chapter 22. Using Notes, Stickies, and the Calendar

Many times you need to store information temporarily, such as appointments or notes to yourself. Rather than store this information in a database, every Macintosh includes several programs that make it easy to save and find unstructured information.
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Chapter 23. Modifying PDF Files

Many people share PDF files but many times you may need to modify the contents of those PDF files. That could mean filling out forms or adding a signature. Fortunately, you can modify PDF files on a Macintosh so you never need to buy special PDF editing software.
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Chapter 24. Capturing Screenshots and Video

A picture may be worth a thousand words so your Macintosh gives you the chance to capture still or video images of whatever appears on the screen.
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Chapter 25. Syncing a Mac with an iPhone or iPad

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can backup your data directly on to a Macintosh. Not only does this create a backup, but it also allows you to share data such as contact information or appointments on your Macintosh and your iPhone or iPad.
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Useful Macintosh Information


Chapter 26. Protecting Your Data

Your data is far more important than any hardware that it's stored on. That's why you need to know how to recover files deleted by mistake as well as how to fix your hard disk when it gets corrupted.
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Chapter 27. Protecting a Mac from Malware

Malicious software (known as malware) can attack any computer at any time and a Macintosh is no exception. By understanding how malware can infect a Macintosh, you can take steps to minimize the risk of infection.
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Chapter 28. Shopping for a New Mac

Although the Macintosh has a reputation for being more expensive than similar Windows PCs, you can actually pay less than retail price for a Macintosh if you know where to shop. In addition, you can save money buying a used Macintosh that may be just as reliable and useful as a new one. By knowing different ways to save money, you can buy the Macintosh you want at the right price for you.
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