Mac OS X is more than just a pretty face. Sure, the basics are easy, but beneath that gorgeous surface lie lots of powerful features that aren't always obvious.
Master Your Mac will show you how to quickly and easily tweak, customize, and control your Mac. Productivity and shortcut tips will show you how to change hidden defaults, discover faster workarounds, and enable undocumented features. You'll learn how to enable helpful features like custom gestures and shortcuts, repair disk permissions, monitor your system, repair problems with the hard disk, and even create a bootable USB drive for emergencies.
With the basics out of the way, you'll learn how to:
- Automate day-to-day tasks with macros, triggers, and Automator scripts
- Turn your Mac into a file or Web server
- Improve your Web experience by creating Safari extensions and using site-specific browsers
- Handle massive amounts of email and media
- Secure your Mac with firmware passwords, firewalls, FileVault full-disk encryption, and even Tor to help protect your online privacy
Mac OS makes things easy. Master Your Mac will show you how to tweak Mac OS to make it your own.
Covers OS X Mountain Lion.
DedicationAcknowledgmentsIntroductionBack to BasicsChapter 1: The Best Shortcuts (and How to Make Your Own)Chapter 2: Starting Applications Automatically at LoginChapter 3: Finding Files and Folders FastChapter 4: Organizing WindowsChapter 5: Cleaning HouseChapter 6: Adjusting Energy and Display SettingsBoosting ProductivityChapter 7: Launching Applications FastChapter 8: Customizing Trackpad and Mouse GesturesChapter 9: Connecting Multiple Displays to Your MacChapter 10: Talking to Your MacAutomationChapter 11: Automating Tasks with MacrosChapter 12: Automating Tasks with AppleScriptChapter 13: Creating a Bluetooth Proximity MonitorChapter 14: Automating File and Folder ActionsChapter 15: Triggering Location-Based ActionsManaging Your LifeChapter 16: Managing Your EmailChapter 17: Killing SpamChapter 18: Creating Quick and Easy AlertsChapter 19: Managing Your MusicInternet and NetworksChapter 20: Creating Your Own Safari ExtensionChapter 21: Turning Websites into ApplicationsChapter 22: Storing Files in the CloudChapter 23: Accessing Your Mac RemotelyChapter 24: Turning Your Mac into a Web and FTP ServerChapter 25: Wirelessly Sharing a Printer and Hard DriveChapter 26: Synchronizing Files Between ComputersSerious SecurityChapter 27: Creating Strong Passwords and Storing Them SecurelyChapter 28: Enabling Firmware Password ProtectionChapter 29: Encrypting Your Mac's Internet ConnectionChapter 30: Enabling FirewallsChapter 31: Preserving Your Anonymity OnlineChapter 32: Encrypting Your Hard Disks and BackupsMonitoring, Troubleshooting, and MaintenanceChapter 33: System and Process MonitoringChapter 34: Repairing Disk PermissionsChapter 35: Verifying and Repairing the Hard DiskChapter 36: Making Better File BackupsChapter 37: Maintaining a MacBook's BatteryChapter 38: Creating an Emergency USB DriveColophon