MacBook For Dummies

For Dummies (Verlag)
  • 7. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 8. November 2017
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  • 432 Seiten
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978-1-119-41726-2 (ISBN)
Get the most out of your MacBook
Your new MacBook is sleek and powerful, and this down-to-earth guide makes it easier than ever to navigate, personalize, and maximize what it can help you accomplish. From taking it out of the box and turning it on for the first time to file storage and security, to downloading apps and working with iCloud, MacBook For Dummies helps you discover--all in one place--everything your laptop can do.
Ultra-light, ultra-fast, and ultra-powerful, the MacBook is the coolest laptop around, and longtime Mac guru Mark L. Chambers is just the guy you want showing you the ropes. Inside, he shows you how to navigate the Mac desktop, customize your settings, surf the web and set up email, hook into a network, transfer your important documents from another PC or Mac, and troubleshoot with ease. You'll also get the inside scoop on the fun stuff like FaceTime video calling, Messages, Reminders, photos, videos, music, the Mac App Store, and more.
* Explore the new OS X
* Be productive with Keynote and Pages
* Get creative with Photos and iMovie
* Find tips for maintenance and security
Whether you're a PC convert or a seasoned Apple enthusiast, this book helps you get the most of your magnificent MacBook!
7. Auflage
  • Englisch
  • Newark
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  • USA
John Wiley & Sons
  • 12,12 MB
978-1-119-41726-2 (9781119417262)
1119417260 (1119417260)
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Mark L. Chambers has been an author, computer consultant, BBS sysop, programmer, and hardware technician for over 30 years. Mark has written more than thirty computer books including Macs For Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition, and iMac For Dummies, 9th Edition .
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Foolish Assumptions
  • About This Book
  • Icons Used in This Book
  • Beyond the Book
  • Where to Go from Here
  • Part 1: Tie Myself Down with a Desktop? Preposterous!
  • Chapter 1: Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need
  • An Overview of Your Mac Laptop
  • Meet the MacBooks
  • Location, Location, Location!
  • Unpacking and Connecting Your Laptop
  • Great, a Lecture about Handling My Laptop
  • An Overview of Mac Software Goodness
  • Other Stuff That Nearly Everyone Wants
  • Chapter 2: Turning On Your Portable Powerhouse
  • Tales of the On Button
  • Mark's Favorite Signs of a Healthy Laptop
  • You Won't Lecture Me about Batteries, Will You?
  • Setting Up and Registering Your Laptop
  • Importing Stuff from Another Mac
  • Importing Stuff from Windows (If You Must)
  • Chapter 3: The MacBook Owner's Introduction to macOS High Sierra
  • Your Own Personal Operating System
  • Wait a Second: Where the Heck Are the Mouse Buttons?
  • Launching and Quitting Applications with Aplomb
  • Performing Tricks with Finder Windows
  • Juggling Folders and Icons
  • Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts to Fame and Fortune
  • Home, Sweet Home Folder
  • Working with Mission Control, Spaces, and Dashboard
  • Personalizing Your Desktop
  • Customizing the Dock
  • What's with the Trash?
  • All You Really Need to Know about Printing
  • And Just in Case You Need Help .
  • Part 2: Shaking Hands with macOS High Sierra
  • Chapter 4: What's New in macOS High Sierra?
  • Under the Hood: The New Apple File System
  • Under the Hood: Better Video
  • Under the Hood: Improved Graphics and Virtual Reality
  • Adding Functionality to Photos
  • Improved Siri to the Rescue
  • Banish Scams and Advertisements!
  • Sharing the Joy of iCloud Drive
  • Away with Autoplay Videos!
  • Chapter 5: A Nerd's Guide to System Preferences
  • An Explanation - without Jargon, No Less
  • Locating That Certain Special Setting
  • Popular Preferences Panes Explained
  • Chapter 6: Sifting Through Your Stuff
  • Doing a Basic Search
  • How Cool Is That? Discovering What Spotlight Can Do
  • Expanding Your Search Horizons
  • Customizing Spotlight to Your Taste
  • Chapter 7: Using Reminders, Notes, Notifications, and Maps
  • Remind Me to Use Reminders
  • Taking Notes the High Sierra Way
  • Staying Current with Notification Center
  • Introducing the Maps Application
  • Switching Views in Maps
  • Getting Directions Over Yonder
  • Part 3: Connecting and Communicating
  • Chapter 8: Let's Go on Safari!
  • Pretend You've Never Used This Thing
  • Visiting Websites
  • Navigating the Web
  • Setting Up Your Home Page
  • Adding and Using Bookmarks
  • Working with the Reading List
  • Downloading Files
  • Using History
  • Tabs Are Your Browsing Friends
  • Printing Web Pages
  • Protecting Your Privacy
  • Chapter 9: iCloud Is Made for MacBooks
  • So How Does iCloud Work, Anyway?
  • Moving, Saving, and Opening iCloud Documents
  • Putting Handoff to Work
  • Configuring iCloud
  • Managing Your iCloud Storage
  • Chapter 10: Your Laptop Goes Multiuser
  • Once Upon a Time (An Access Fairy Tale)
  • Big-Shot Administrator Stuff
  • Mundane Chores for the Multiuser Laptop
  • Chapter 11: Working Well with Networks
  • What Exactly Is the Network Advantage?
  • Should You Go Wired or Wireless?
  • Be a Pal: Share Your Internet!
  • What Do I Need to Connect?
  • Connecting to the Network
  • Part 4: Living the iLife
  • Chapter 12: The Multimedia Joy of iTunes
  • What Can I Play on iTunes?
  • Playing an Audio CD
  • Playing Digital Audio Files
  • Watching Video
  • Keeping Slim Whitman and Slim Shady Apart: Organizing with Playlists
  • Know Your Songs
  • Ripping Audio Files
  • Tweaking the Audio for Your Ears
  • A New Kind of Radio Station
  • iTunes and iCloud Together
  • iSending iStuff to iPod, iPhone, and iPad
  • Sharing Your Media Across Your Network
  • Burning Music to Shiny Plastic Circles
  • Feasting on iTunes Visuals
  • Exercising Parental Authority
  • Buying Digital Media the Apple Way
  • Chapter 13: Focusing on Photos
  • Delving into Photos
  • Working with Images in Photos
  • Producing Your Own Coffee-Table Masterpiece
  • Exploring iCloud Photo Library
  • Putting My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing to Work
  • Chapter 14: Making Film History with iMovie
  • Shaking Hands with the iMovie Window
  • A Bird's-Eye View of Moviemaking
  • Importing the Building Blocks
  • Building the Cinematic Basics
  • Creating an Honest-to-Goodness Movie Trailer
  • Sharing Your Finished Classic with Others
  • Chapter 15: Recording Your Hits with GarageBand
  • Shaking Hands with Your Band
  • Composing Made Easy
  • Sharing Your Songs
  • Part 5: Getting Productive and Maintaining Your MacBook
  • Chapter 16: Desktop Publishing with Pages
  • Creating a New Pages Document
  • Open an Existing Pages Document
  • Saving Your Work
  • Touring the Pages Window
  • Entering and Editing Text
  • Using Text, Shapes, and Graphics Boxes
  • The Three Amigos: Cut, Copy, and Paste
  • Formatting Text the Easy Way
  • Adding a Spiffy Table
  • Adding Alluring Photos
  • Adding a Background Shape
  • Are You Sure about That Spelling?
  • Printing Your Pages Documents
  • Sharing That Poster with Others
  • Chapter 17: Creating Spreadsheets with Numbers
  • Before You Launch Numbers .
  • Creating a New Numbers Document
  • Opening an Existing Spreadsheet File
  • Save Those Spreadsheets!
  • Exploring the Numbers Window
  • Navigating and Selecting Cells in a Spreadsheet
  • Entering and Editing Data in a Spreadsheet
  • Selecting the Correct Number Format
  • Aligning Cell Text Just So
  • Formatting with Shading
  • Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
  • The Formula Is Your Friend
  • Adding Visual Punch with a Chart
  • Printing Your Spreadsheet
  • Chapter 18: Building Presentations with Keynote
  • Creating a New Keynote Project
  • Opening a Keynote Presentation
  • Saving Your Presentation
  • Putting Keynote to Work
  • Adding Slides
  • Working with Text, Shapes and Graphics Boxes
  • Adding and Editing Slide Text
  • Formatting Slide Text for the Perfect Look
  • Using Presenter's Notes in Your Project
  • Every Good Presentation Needs Media
  • Adding a Background Shape
  • Creating Your Keynote Slideshow
  • Printing Your Slides and Notes
  • Chapter 19: When Good Mac Laptops Go Bad
  • Repeat after Me: Yes, I Am a Tech!
  • Step-by-Step Laptop Troubleshooting
  • Okay, I Kicked It, and It Still Won't Work
  • And Now. Windows?
  • Chapter 20: Adding New Stuff to Your Laptop
  • More Memory Will Help
  • Considering a Hard Drive Upgrade?
  • A List of Dreamy Laptop Add-Ons
  • Chapter 21: Tackling the Housekeeping
  • Cleaning Unseemly Data Deposits
  • Backing Up Your Treasure
  • Maintaining Hard Drive Health
  • Automating Those Mundane Chores
  • Updating macOS Automatically
  • Part 6: The Part of Tens
  • Chapter 22: Ten Laptop Rules to Follow
  • Keep Your Laptop in a Bag
  • Maximize Your RAM
  • Install a Tracker Application
  • Keepeth Thy Drive Encrypted
  • Brand Your MacBook
  • Disable Your Wireless
  • Take a Surge Protector with You
  • Use Power-Saving Features
  • Use an External Keyboard and Mouse
  • Not Again! What Is It with You and Backing Up?
  • Chapter 23: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague
  • USB 1.1 Storage Devices
  • Phishing Operations
  • Oddly Shaped Optical Discs
  • Submerged Keyboards
  • Antiquated Utility Software
  • Software Piracy
  • The Forbidden Account
  • Unsecured Wireless Connections
  • Refurbished Hardware
  • Dirty Laptops
  • About the Authors
  • Connect with Dummies
  • End User License Agreement

Chapter 1

Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need


Identifying the important parts of your Mac laptop

Comparing the different MacBook models

Finding the best location for your computer

Unpacking, plugging in stuff, and getting hooked up

Playing with your bundled software

Buying additional stuff you might need

Most action films have one scene in common: I call it "gearing up," because the good guys strap on their equipment in preparation for battle. (The era doesn't matter: You see "gearing up" scenes in Gladiator, Aliens, and virtually every movie Arnold has made.) You're sure to see lots of clicking straps and equipping of offensive weapons (and sometimes even a dash of war paint). The process usually takes a minute or so, all told with whiplash camera work and stirring martial music in the background.

Well, fellow Mac road warrior, it takes only two seconds and one move - closing the lid - for you to gear up. That's because your MacBook is a self-contained world, providing virtually all the essentials you'll find on a desktop iMac or Mac mini. This is indeed the second "decade of the laptop," meshing nicely with your smartphone and that wireless connection at your local coffee shop. You have selected the right companion for the open road.

Unlike Apple's other designs, such as the Mac mini, the Mac Pro and the iMac, your MacBook looks like a PC laptop running Windows. (In fact, an Intel-based Mac laptop can run Windows if you absolutely must.) But your laptop holds a number of pleasant surprises that no PC laptop or tablet can offer - and, with the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, you'll lose pounds and inches from your chassis! In this chapter, I introduce you to the hardware and all the major parts of the machine. You even find out how to unpack and connect your computer. And, as frosting on the cake, I preview the software of which Apple is so proud, as well as the accessories you should buy now rather than later.

Welcome to your Mac laptop, good reader. Gear up!

An Overview of Your Mac Laptop

Sure, your MacBook Pro might be about half an inch thin (a MacBook is even more svelte than that - I get to that later in the chapter), but a lot of superb design lives inside. You encounter the same parts you'd find in a desktop machine. In the following sections, I discuss those important parts - both the stuff you can see and the stuff shoehorned within.


Are you using an older MacBook? It seems that Apple's product line changes every time you tear a page from your 12-month calendar. In addition, every new generation of laptops includes new whiz-bang features. Sometimes you can add those features separately to your older machine, such as an external video camera, but you can't update some things, such as your MacBook's motherboard. Sigh.

Here's my take on this situation: If your older laptop does what you need at a pace you can accept, there's no need to upgrade it.

Skeptical? Here's the proof: Before my upgrade to a MacBook Air, yours truly was lugging around a pristine iBook G3, which booted macOS Tiger and did absolutely everything I demanded. (A little more patience was required, certainly, but technology authors are simply brimming with patience.) The moral: Avoid upgrade fever unless you really need a new companion.

If you're the proud owner of an older MacBook, as long as it can run macOSmacOS High Sierra you can still enjoy this book and discover new tips and tricks from it. Unless the current breed of Intel-based Mac laptops has a feature you absolutely can't use on your mature MacBook (such as Thunderbolt 3 support), you can sail on with your current computer, fiercely proud of The Bitten Apple that appears on the cover. (In fact, older MacBooks have features that no longer appear on some current models, such as Firewire ports, optical drives, and built-in Ethernet ports.) Although this book was written with the current MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air lines in mind, virtually everything you read here still applies to your older laptop. Unless it's steam-powered, of course.

The parts you probably recognize

Every laptop requires some of the same gizmos. Figure 1-1 helps you track them down. Of course, as you'd expect, a computer has a body of sorts in which all the innards and brains are stored, a display screen, a keyboard, a trackpad or other pointing device, and ports for powering and exchanging data with outside toys.

FIGURE 1-1: The charismatic form of a typical Mac laptop.

That magnificent screen

What a view you have! Today's Mac laptops feature a 12-, 13-, or 15-inch LED display. LED screens use far less electricity than their antique CRT ancestors, and they emit practically no radiation.

Apple's laptop screens offer a widescreen aspect ratio (the screen is considerably wider than it is tall), which augurs well for those who enjoy watching movies. (A favorite editor of mine loves it when I use the antique word augur, meaning to predict or foretell.)

That reminds me: Throw away your printed dictionary! You won't need it, because macOS High Sierra includes the fantastic Dictionary widget. It uses the Internet to retrieve definitions from the online Oxford American Dictionary site (and, yes, it does contain augur). More on widgets in general in Chapter 3.

The keyboard and trackpad

Hey, here's something novel for your laptop. Unlike the external input devices on a standard desktop computer, your MacBook has a built-in keyboard and trackpad (which does the job of a mouse). The illuminated keyboard is a particular favorite of mine, offering special keys for activing all sorts of features within macOS High Sierra (as well as keys for adjusting brightness and volume).

The latest crop of Mac laptops feature a great trackpad design as well. The Force Touch trackpad can sense the amount of pressure you apply with your fingers, activating features in macOS High Sierra that used to require a right-click (like displaying the definition of a word in a Pages document, or displaying a map of an address in Contacts). The Force Touch trackpad can even provide tactile feedback to your fingertips while you're using some applications!

The MacBook, MacBook Air, and the MacBook Pro do not have an internal optical drive (more on all three models later in this chapter). You can use the CD & DVD Sharing feature in High Sierra to read discs remotely (from another Mac or PC on your network), or you can pick up an external optical drive from Apple for about $80. (Such is the price you pay for super-thin and super-light.)

Food for your ears

A machine this nice had better have great sound, and the Mac doesn't disappoint. You have a couple of options for Mac laptop audio:

  • All Mac laptops sport built-in stereo speakers and two microphones to boot (the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar even has three microphones).
  • Use the built-in headphone jack to connect your Mac's audio to a pair of headphones, a more powerful (and expensive) external speaker system, or a home stereo system. (There are also portable USB and Bluetooth speaker systems that can provide better-quality audio.)

The power cable

Sorry, you can't get a wireless power system - yet. (Apple's working hard on this one.) However, the MacBook Pro was the first major release of a laptop with a magnetic power connector; the MacBook Air followed suit soon after. The MagSafe 2 connector on the MacBook Air reduces the chances of your pride and joy being yanked off a desk when someone trips over the power cord, because the magnetic closure pops off under significant strain. Now that's sassy.

When you connect your power cable, an amber light on the cable connector indicates that your battery is charging; a green light indicates that the battery is fully charged.

The MacBook Pro and MacBook use a different connector, called a USB-C, as a power cable. The USB-C cable also does double-duty as a port for Thunderbolt and USB-C compatible devices.

Many MacBook owners ask me whether they should disconnect the power after the battery is fully charged or leave it connected. I leave the cable connected. It won't cause any damage to your MacBook, and you can continue to use your laptop while it's charging. (Oh, and road warriors prefer a laptop battery that's always topped off when it's time to go mobile!)

The power button

The latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar actually turns on whenever you open it - to turn this model off, you press and hold the Touch ID button at the far right side of the Touch Bar.

Owners of the MacBook and MacBook Air, you still have a power button. It's at the upper-right corner of the keyboard, bearing the familiar "circle with a vertical line" logo.

The FaceTime HD camera

Check out that tiny square lens above your screen. That's a built-in FaceTime HD camera, which allows you to chat with others in a videoconferencing environment by using the Messages and FaceTime applications...

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