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Introduction

Mac OS X ("X" is pronounced "ten"; Figure 1) is the latest version of the computer operating system that put the phrase graphic user interface in everyone's vocabulary. With Mac OS, you can point, click, and drag to work with files, applications, and utilities. Because the same intuitive interface is utilized throughout the system, you'll find that a procedure that works in one program works in virtually all the others.

Figure 1. The About This Mac window for Mac OS X.


This Visual QuickStart Guide will help you learn Mac OS X by providing step-by-step instructions, plenty of illustrations, and a generous helping of tips. On these pages, you'll find everything you need to know to get up and running quickly with Mac OS X—and more!

This book was designed for page flipping. Use the thumb tabs, index, or table of contents to find the topics for which you need help. If you're brand new to Mac OS, however, I recommend that you begin by reading at least the first two chapters. In them, you'll find basic information about techniques you'll use every day with your computer.

If you're interested in information about new Mac OS X features, be sure to browse through this Introduction. It'll give you a good idea of what you can expect to see on your computer.

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