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About This Book

Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual is divided into five parts, each containing several chapters:

  • Part 1, Welcome to Macintosh, covers the essentials of the Macintosh. It's a crash course in everything you see on the screen when you turn on the machine: the Dock, Sidebar, icons, windows, menus, scroll bars, Trash, aliases, menu, and so on.

  • Part 2, Moving In, is dedicated to the actual process of hauling your software, settings, and even peripherals (like printers and monitors) across the chasm from the PC to the Mac. It covers both the easy parts (copying over your documents, pictures, and music files) and the harder ones (transferring your email, address books, buddy lists, and so on).

  • Part 3, Making Connections, lets you know where to find your Internet settings on the old Windows machine—and where to plug them in on the Macintosh. In doing so, it covers Apple's Internet software suite: Mail, Address Book, Safari, and iChat.

  • Part 4, Putting Down Roots, treads in more advanced topics—and aims to turn you into a Macintosh power user. It teaches you how to set up private accounts for people who share a single Mac, navigate the System Preferences program (the Mac equivalent of the Windows Control Panel), and operate the 50 freebie bonus programs that come with Mac OS X.


Some of the material in this book is adapted from the bestselling Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition. That book is a much fatter, more in-depth guide to Mac OS X (and a worthy investment if you grow into a true Macoholic).

At the end of the book, you'll find two appendixes. The first covers Mac OS X troubleshooting and installation. The second is the "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary—an essential reference for anyone who occasionally (or frequently) flounders to find some familiar control in the new, alien Macintosh environment. Finally, Appendix C covers the keystrokes that are standard fare in the Mac world.

About → These → Arrows

Throughout this book—and throughout the Missing Manual series—you'll find sentences like this one: "Open the System → Libraries → Fonts folder." That's shorthand for a much longer instruction that directs you to open three nested folders in sequence, like this: "On your hard drive, you'll find a folder called System. Open that. Inside the System folder window is a folder called Libraries; double-click it to open it. Inside that folder is yet another one called Fonts. Double-click to open it, too."

Similarly, this kind of arrow shorthand helps to simplify the business of choosing commands in menus, as shown in Figure I-1.

Figure I-1. In this book, arrow notations help to simplify folder and menu instructions. For example, "Choose → Dock → Position on Left" is a more compact way of saying, "From the menu, choose Dock; from the submenu that than appears, choose Position on Left," as shown here.

About MissingManuals.com

If you visit www.missingmanuals.com and click the "Missing CD-ROM" link, you'll find a neat, organized, chapter-by-chapter list of the shareware and freeware mentioned in this book. (As noted on the inside back cover, having the software online instead of on a CD-ROM saved you $5 on the cost of the book.)

The Web site also offers corrections and updates to the book (to see them, click the book's title, then click Errata). In fact, you're encouraged to submit such corrections and updates yourself. In an effort to keep the book as up-to-date and accurate as possible, each time we print more copies of this book, we'll make any confirmed corrections you've suggested. We'll also note such changes on the Web site, so that you can mark important corrections into your own copy of the book, if you like.

In the meantime, we'd love to hear your own suggestions for books in the Missing Manual line. There's a place for that on the Web site, too, as well as a place to sign up for free email notification of new titles in the series.

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