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In this colorful title, Rob Griffiths, editor of the MacOSXHints.com Web site, presents a cornucopia of over 200 tips to help you get the most out of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Culled from MacOSXHints.com, and with additional content from other Macworld experts, the book covers a wide range of topics and user experience, from basic tips any Mac user can easily implement to power user tweaks that go way beyond the basics, employing Terminal, Automator, and AppleScript to maximize your Mac's mileage.
Rob covers a lot of territory, with tips relating to new Leopard features like Screen Sharing and Spaces, others that cover existing features like screen savers and keyboard shortcuts, and hardware-related tips for printing and working with discs. He also helps you get the most out of standard Apple applications, including Mail (find and remove large attachments from your mail store), iCal (learn how to add and work with URLs easily in events), Safari (want to invoke bookmarks with voice commands?), and iTunes (check out the AppleScript to update podcasts manually), as well as iChat, Preview, and Dashboard.
If you've wondered about using Unix commands in Terminal to customize your Mac beyond what the graphical interface offers, or if you've wanted to get more comfortable with Terminal, the book provides a nice foundation. It covers the basics of using Terminal and has a generous collection of tips sprinkled throughout that will get you typing (or pasting) simple command strings in order to tweak your Mac in useful and interesting ways. It also has info for those who are already comfortable with Terminal, covering new commands in Leopard, searching from the command line, and more.
Table of Contents
Master Your System
• Preferences Customized System Preferences are the key to a happy Mac-user experience. These handpicked system tweaks, covering everything from parental controls to secret screen savers, are the perfect place to start.
• Productivity Want to work faster, leaner, and smarter? Of course you do. Master these productivity hints and streamline how you capture screens, find menu items, and uninstall any program.
• Connections Set up and troubleshoot your network and peripheral connections with these can't-miss hints. We break down the steps for adding functions to Apple's screen-sharing tool, and teach you the best way to switch between wireless networks.
• Printing Don't just print—print smarter with these clever hints. They'll show you what's new in Leopard and uncover hidden tricks, like how to quickly cancel big print jobs.
• Discs Do more with your discs, including burning bootable copies, setting disc actions, and even freeing those pesky stuck discs.
• Text Want to add more character to your text? Start by learning the best tricks for working with fonts and adding symbols. We also run down the best methods for cleaning up your spelling checks.
• Finder The Finder does so much more in Leopard than just find things. Now you can take Leopard navigation to the next level by learning the lesser-known tricks the Finder has up its sleeve, like using hidden canned searches.
• Spotlight Apple has taken Spotlight to the next level in Leopard, where it now casts a wider, smarter net. Use these indispensable searching secrets and never loose a file again.
• Quick Look Making its OS X debut, the supersleek Quick Look has more power than its simple interface lets on. Take some time to explore its many functions.
• Spaces and Expos Don't let a plethora of open windows confuse and overwhelm you—bring order to a cluttered desktop or an elaborate multi-screen setup with Expos and Leopard's new Spaces.
• The Dock and Stacks Having trouble figuring out how to best take advantage of the Dock and its new sidekick, Stacks? Try out these twists on OS X's organizational mainstay, like creating a stack for your Trash.
Unleash OS X's Programs
• Mail Mail probably gets more of your attention than all other programs combined. So don't just send and receive; organize, personalize, and synchronize with these hints. We've also got tips for keeping your Address Book in order and for combining multiple e-mail messages to print together.
• iCal Try adding these tips to your iCal arsenal. They'll show you how to link e-mail messages to events, merge calendars, and view your schedule in Cover Flow mode.
• Safari Browsing is too passive a word to describe what a skilled surfer can do in Safari—especially once he or she gets a hold of these excellent Safari hints.
• iTunes Is it time to crank up your iTunes skills? Start by taking advantage of the program's less obvious features for mastering playlists, podcasts, and Cover Flow. And because iTunes isn't the only program that works with videos, we also have three tips for improving QuickTime playback.
• iChat Even non-chatterboxes can appreciate the multitalented iChat. It doesn't just talk, it also sends data, and it works on mobile devices, so it goes where you go. And for other fun ways to use your built-in camera, take advantage of our Photo Booth tricks.
• Preview If you're only using Preview to look at pictures, you've just scratched the surface. We've collected the best hints to show you what this little tool is really capable of doing.
• Dashboard Do you sometimes forget about Dashboard? After reading about all these shortcuts and new features, you'll never go a day without using it again.
Take Command of Terminal
• Learn the Terminal Basics Terminal can seem intimidating until you understand how it works. This section will give you an introduction to using the command line, including a crash course on the anatomy of a command, as well as steps for copying files and combining different commands.
• What's New in Leopard Like most other Mac programs, Terminal is greatly improved in Leopard. We highlight the best new features Terminal has to offer. For instance, it has two new utilities for working with system and network preferences, and it provides more information about kernel extensions.
• Do More with Terminal Like almost everything in OS X, Terminal has its share of tricks and secrets. Discover goodies like navigating with tabs, opening folders, and playing an old-school, choose your-own-adventure game in Terminal.
• Superpowered Searching You already know that Spotlight is a great search tool. But when you need to add extra strength to your searches, try these methods in Terminal. We'll walk you through running a live search, including hidden files, and using metadata.
• Command-Line Lifesavers Dabbling in Terminal shouldn't be taken lightly. It only takes one typo to irrevocably mess up your system. This section explains what commands require extra care, as well as what measures you can take to minimize the risk.