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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition


Ready to move to the Mac? This incomparable guide helps you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around OS X.

Learning to use a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. You won’t find questionable firewalls or inefficient permissions. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. Whether you’re using Windows XP or Windows 7, we’ve got you covered.

  • Transfer your stuff. Moving files from a PC to a Mac is the easy part. This guide gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.
  • Re-create your software suite. Big-name programs from Microsoft, Adobe, and others are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are Windows-only. Learn the Macintosh equivalents and how to move data to them.
  • Learn OS X Mountain Lion. Once you’ve moved into the Macintosh mansion, it’s time to learn your way around. You’re in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to OS X.

Table of Contents
Part I: Welcome to Macintosh
Chapter 1. How the Mac Is Different
Chapter 2. Folders, Dock & Windows
Chapter 3. Files, Icons & Spotlight
Chapter 4. Documents, Programs & Mission Control
Chapter 5. Entering, Moving & Backing up Data

Part II: Making the Move
Chapter 6. Transferring Your Files to the Mac
Chapter 7. Special Software, Special Problems
Chapter 8. Windows on Macintosh
Chapter 9. Hardware on the Mac

Part III: Making Connections
Chapter 10. Internet Setup & iCloud
Chapter 11. Mail & Contacts
Chapter 12. Safari & Messages

Part IV: Putting Down Roots
Chapter 13. Accounts, Parental Controls & Security
Chapter 14. Networking, File Sharing & Screen Sharing
Chapter 15. System Preferences
Chapter 16. The Freebie Programs

Part V: Appendixes
Appendix A. Installing OS X Mountain Lion
Appendix B. Troubleshooting
Appendix C. The Windows-to-Mac Dictionary
Appendix D. The Master OS X Secret Keystroke List

Book Details

  • Paperback: 764 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Pogue Press (September 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449330290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449330293
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