Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac®

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Your iMac
Set Up Your iMac
Start Your iMac and Log In
Connect Your iMac to the Internet
Connect Your iMac to a Wired Network
Connect Your iMac to a Wireless Network
Connect a Printer to Your iMac
Connect an iPhone or iPod to Your iMac
Connect External Drives to Your iMac
Give Commands from the Menus and Toolbar
Open, Close, Minimize, and Hide Windows
Put Your iMac to Sleep and Wake It Up
Log Out and Shut Down Your iMac
Chapter 2: Sharing Your iMac with Other People
Create a User Account for Another User
Configure Your iMac So Several People Can Use It
Share Your iMac with Fast User Switching
Turn On Parental Controls for an Account
Choose Which Applications a User Can Run
Prevent a User from Seeing Inappropriate Content
Control Whom a User Can E-mail and Chat With
Set Time Limits for Logging On
See What a Controlled User Has Done on the iMac
Chapter 3: Running Applications and Creating Documents
Open and Close an Application
Install an Application
Switch Quickly to Other Applications
See All the Windows Open on Your iMac
Create and Save a Document
Close and Open a Document
Edit a Document
Use Mac OS X’s Help System
Chapter 4: Managing Your Files and Folders with the Finder
Understanding Where to Store Files on Your iMac
Using the Finder’s Four Views Effectively
Look Through a File without Opening It
Search for a File or Folder
Save a Search in a Smart Folder
Create and Name a New Folder
Copy a File from One Folder to Another
Move a File from One Folder to Another
Rename a File
View the Information about a File or Folder
Compress Files for Easy Transfer
Burn Files to a CD or DVD
Erase a CD or DVD
Throw a File in the Trash
Chapter 5: Surfing the Web with Safari
Open and Close Safari
Open a Web Page
Follow a Link to a Web Page
Open Several Web Pages at Once
Find Your Way from One Page to Another
Return to a Recently Visited Page
Change the Page Safari Opens at First
Keep Bookmarks for Web Pages You Like
Find Interesting Web Sites
Download a File from the Internet
Keep Up to Date with News Feeds
Choose Essential Security Settings
Chapter 6: Sending and Receiving E-mail and Files
Open and Close Apple Mail
Set Up Your E-mail Account
Send an E-mail Message
Get Your Messages and Read Them
Reply to a Message
Send a Message on to Someone Else
Send a File via E-mail
Receive a File via E-mail
Get Your E-mail on Any Computer
Create Notes
Create To-Do Items
Reduce the Amount of Spam You Receive
Chapter 7: Keeping Yourself Organized with iCal and Address Book
Open and Close iCal
Find Your Way around the Calendar
Create a New Calendar
Create a One-Shot Appointment
Create a Repeating Appointment
Create a To-Do Item
Share Your Calendar with Other People
Subscribe to a Calendar Someone Is Sharing
Open and Close Address Book
Add Someone to Your Address Book
Change the Information for a Contact
Organize Your Contacts into Groups
Chapter 8: Chatting with Text, Audio, and Video
Open and Close iChat
Add Someone to Your Buddy List
Chat with a Buddy Using Text
Chat with a Buddy Using Audio and Video
Send and Receive Files While You Chat
Chapter 9: Enjoying Music, Video, and DVDs
Open and Close iTunes
Add Your CDs to the iTunes Library
Buy More Songs Online
Play Songs
Play Videos
Create Playlists of Songs You Like
Have iTunes Create Playlists for You
Create a Custom CD of Your Songs
Listen to Radio Stations over the Internet
Enjoy Podcasts
Watch a DVD on Your iMac
Chapter 10: Making the Most of Your Photos
Open and Close iPhoto
Import Photos from Your Digital Camera
Browse through Your Photos
Crop a Photo to the Right Size
Rotate or Straighten a Photo
Remove Red-Eye from a Photo
Improve the Colors in a Photo
Add an Effect to a Photo
Sort Your Photos into Events
Create Albums of Your Photos
Create a Slideshow of Your Photos
Publish Photos to a MobileMe Gallery
Send a Photo via E-mail
Take Photos or Videos of Yourself
Chapter 11: Creating Your Own Movies
Open and Close iMovie
Import Video from a Tape Camcorder
Import Video from a Digital Camcorder
Import Video from a Digital Camera
Import Video Files from Your iMac
Create a Movie Project
Select the Video Footage You Want to Use
Build the Movie Project from Clips
Add Transitions between Video Clips
Add a Still Photo to the Movie Project
Create a Soundtrack for the Movie
Add Titles and Credits
Share the Movie on YouTube
Chapter 12: Customizing Your iMac to Suit You
Change Your Desktop Background
Set Up a Screen Saver
Make the Dock Show the Icons You Need
Create Hot Corners to Run Exposé Easily
Give Yourself More Desktop Space
Add a Second Monitor So You Can See More
Make the Keyboard and Mouse Easier to Use
Make the Screen Easier to See
Tell Spotlight Which Folders to Search
Control Your iMac with Your Voice
Save Time by Running Applications Each Time You Log In
Save Power by Putting Your iMac to Sleep
Choose When to Check for Software Updates
Chapter 13: Using Your iMac on a Network
Connect to a Shared Folder
Share a Folder on the Network
Connect to a Shared Printer
Share Your iMac’s Printer on the Network
Share Your iMac’s Screen with Another Mac
View Your iMac’s Screen from Another Mac
Connect Remotely to Your iMac via Back to My Mac
Chapter 14: Keeping Your iMac and Your Data Safe
Understanding Threats to Your iMac and Your Data
Install Antivirus Software
Scan Your iMac for Viruses
Turn Off Automatic Login
Increase the Security of the Mac OS X Firewall
Recognize and Avoid Phishing Attacks
Chapter 15: Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your iMac
Reclaim Space by Emptying the Trash
Keep Your iMac Current with the Latest Updates
Back Up Your Files with Time Machine
Recover Your Files from a Time Machine Backup
Remove Applications You No Longer Need
See Which Application Is Causing Your iMac Problems
Force a Crashed Application to Quit
Recover When Mac OS X Crashes
Solve Problems with Corrupt Preference Files
Troubleshoot Disk Permission Errors
Repair Your iMac’s Hard Disk
Reinstall Mac OS X to Solve Severe Problems

How to use this book

Do you look at the pictures in a book or newspaper before anything else on a page? Would you rather see an image instead of read about how to do something? Search no further. This book is for you. Opening Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac allows you to read less and learn more about the iMac.

Who Needs This Book

This book is for a reader who has never used the iMac. It is also for more computer literate individuals who want to expand their knowledge of the different features that the iMac has to offer.

Book Organization

Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac has 15 chapters.

Chapter 1, Getting Started with Your iMac, shows you how to set your iMac up and start using it. You learn how to connect your iMac to a network and the Internet, connect extra devices, and log in and out.

In Chapter 2, Sharing Your iMac with Other People, you set up a user account for each person who will use your iMac and decide which actions each person may take on it. You and the others can then switch quickly from one account to another.

Chapter 3, Running Applications and Creating Documents, gives you information about opening and closing applications and creating documents with them. You also learn to install other applications and switch quickly among open applications.

Chapter 4, Managing Your Files and Folders with the Finder, explains where to store files on your iMac, how to use the Finder’s views effectively, and how to look quickly into a file. The chapter also shows you how to move, copy, and rename files and folders, and how to burn CDs and DVDs.

Chapter 5, Surfing the Web with Safari, brings you up to speed on using the Safari browser to view Web pages. You learn how to navigate from page to page, bookmark the pages you like, and download files.

In Chapter 6, Sending and Receiving E-mail and Files, you set up your e-mail account in the Mail application that comes with your iMac. You can then send and receive e-mail messages, transfer files via e-mail, and create notes and to-do items.

Chapter 7, Keeping Yourself Organized with iCal and Address Book, shows you how to manage your appointments and your contacts on your iMac. iCal enables you to track your commitments and share them with others, and Address Book makes it easy to keep contact information organized.

Chapter 8, Chatting with Text, Audio, and Video, explains how to use your iMac’s iChat application to chat with buddies using either text or audio and video. You can transfer files to your buddies while you chat.

Chapter 9, Enjoying Music, Video, and DVDs, covers creating a music library in iTunes from your CDs and downloads; enjoying music, videos, and Internet radio; and creating playlists and burning them to CD. You also learn how to watch DVDs on your iMac.

In Chapter 10, Making the Most of Your Photos, you import photos from your digital camera, organize them, and edit them. You can then publish your photos online or send them via e-mail.

Chapter 11, Creating Your Own Movies, explains how to start working with iMovie, the powerful movie-editing application your iMac includes. You learn to import your footage, build a movie project, and post it to the YouTube video-sharing site.

Chapter 12, Customizing Your iMac to Suit You, shows you how to adjust your iMac’s hardware and software to match your preferences — for example, putting the applications you need in the Dock, giving yourself more desktop space, and adding a second monitor.

Chapter 13, Using Your iMac on a Network, covers sharing your iMac’s folders and printer on a network and connecting to folders and printers others are sharing. You can even control your own iMac from another Mac across the Internet.

Chapter 14, Keeping Your iMac and Your Data Safe, explains how to protect your iMac and your data from both local and Internet threats. You learn to install antivirus software, turn off automatic login, and avoid phishing attacks.

Finally, Chapter 15, Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your iMac, shows you essential maneuvers for keeping your iMac and Mac OS X in good shape and recovering from problems. You learn to reclaim disk space, keep Mac OS X updated, close crashed or misbehaving applications, and recover from system crashes.

Chapter Organization

This book consists of sections, all listed in the book’s table of contents. A section is a set of steps that show you how to complete a specific computer task.

Each section, usually contained on two facing pages, has an introduction to the task at hand, a set of full-color screen shots and steps that walk you through the task, and a set of tips. This format allows you to quickly look at a topic of interest and learn it instantly.

Chapters group together three or more sections with a common theme. A chapter may also contain pages that give you the background information needed to understand the sections in a chapter.

What You Need to Use This Book

To use this book to the fullest, you need an iMac running Mac OS X. This book shows Mac OS X version 10.6, Snow Leopard, but if your iMac runs Mac OS X version 10.5, Leopard, you will find that almost everything works the same way.

If you have a Mac other than an iMac, you can still use this book, but you will need to make allowances for minor differences caused by the hardware being different.

Using the Mouse

This book uses the following conventions to describe the actions you perform when using the mouse:


Press your left mouse button once. You generally click your mouse on something to select something on the screen.


Press your left mouse button twice. Double-clicking something on the computer screen generally opens whatever item you have double-clicked.


Press your right mouse button. When you right-click anything on the computer screen, the program displays a shortcut menu containing commands specific to the selected item.

Click and Drag, and Release the Mouse

Move your mouse pointer and hover it over an item on the screen. Press and hold down the left mouse button. Now, move the mouse to where you want to place the item and then release the button. You use this method to move an item from one area of the computer screen to another.

The Conventions in This Book

A number of typographic and layout styles have been used throughout Teach Yourself VISUALLY iMac to distinguish different types of information.


Bold type represents the names of commands and options that you interact with. Bold type also indicates text and numbers that you must type into a dialog box or window.


Italic words introduce a new term and are followed by a definition.

Numbered Steps

You must perform the instructions in numbered steps in order to successfully complete a section and achieve the final results.

Bulleted Steps

These steps point out various optional features. You do not have to perform these steps; they simply give additional information about a feature.

Indented Text

Indented text tells you what the program does in response to you following a numbered step. For example, if you click a certain menu command, a dialog box may appear, or a window may open. Indented text may also tell you what the final result is when you follow a set of numbered steps.


Notes give additional information. They may describe special conditions that may occur during an operation. They may warn you of a situation that you want to avoid, for example the loss of data. A note may also cross reference a related area of the book. A cross reference may guide you to another chapter or another section within the current chapter.

Icons and buttons

Icons and buttons are graphical representations within the text. They show you exactly what you need to click to perform a step.

You can easily identify the tips in any section by looking for the TIPS icon. Tips offer additional information, including tips, hints, and tricks. You can use the TIPS information to go beyond what you have learned in the steps.

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by Guy Hart-Davis

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