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Prepare to Sync

The first step in syncing is to send all your information from one Mac (preferably the one with the most data) up to your .Mac account on Apple's servers. Once it's there, you can synchronize your other Macs to it. If you don't yet have a .Mac account, you can get one in this first step.

1.
Open the .Mac preferences: From the Apple menu, choose “System Preferences…,” then click the “.Mac” icon.

2.
In the pane that appears, click the “Account” tab. If you don't have a .Mac account yet, this pane will ask if you want to sign up for one. You must have a .Mac account to sync Macs.

If you want to switch to another .Mac account, change the member name and password in this pane.

3.
Click the “Sync” tab. In this pane, check the items whose data you want your other computers to have access to.

4.
At this point (or at any time, really) you can set up a schedule for synchronization: Click on the menu and choose how often you want it to happen, as shown below. The option to sync “Automatically” means whenever iSync recognizes a change in the data from any registered computer (see page 292), it will send the change to the other computers that you have listed.

5.
Click the “Sync Now” button. The first time you sync, you'll get a series of dialog boxes like the one shown below, checking to make sure this is what you really want to do and giving you a chance to verify exactly what you'd like done. Subsequent syncings will not ask you!


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