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Introduction

Introduction

How You'll Learn

How This Book Works

What's New

Keyboard Shortcuts

Step-by-Step Instructions

Real World Examples

Troubleshooting Guide

Welcome to Show Me Mac OS X Panther, a visual quick reference book that shows you how to work efficiently with Mac OS X Panther. This book provides complete coverage of basic and intermediate Mac OS X Panther skills.

How This Book Works

You don't have to read this book in any particular order. We've designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, which lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents, index, or troubleshooting guide, and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions in the left column along with screen illustrations in the right column, and you're done.

What's New

If you're searching for what's new in Mac OS X Panther, just look for the icon: . The new icon appears in the table of contents so you can quickly and easily identify a new or improved feature in Mac OS X Panther. A complete description of each new feature appears in the New Features guide in the back of this book.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Most menu commands have a keyboard equivalent, such as P (Print on the File menu), as a quicker alternative to using the mouse. A complete list of keyboard shortcuts appears in the Keyboard Shortcuts guide in the back of this book.

Step-by-Step Instructions

This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you “how” to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions include illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A “Did You Know?” provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, while a “See Also” leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task.

Real World Examples

This book uses simple real world examples, which you can follow on your own, to help you learn Mac OS X Panther. For more complex tasks, you can access the example files on the Web, download them onto your computer, and then open or use them in Mac OS X Panther applications and utilities to see how they work. The Mac OS X Panther example files are available online at www.perspection.com or www.quepublishing.com/showme.

Troubleshooting Guide

This book offers quick and easy ways to diagnose and solve common Mac OS X Panther problems that you might encounter. The troubleshooting guide helps you determine and fix a problem using the task information you find. The problems are posed in question form and are grouped into categories that are presented alphabetically.

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