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Mac OS X Guide

  1. 1. Mac OS X Guide Web Resources Software Definitions Free Online Mac OS X tutorial Carbonized - Will run on both OS 9 and OS X. Apple OS X Website Classic Mode – Some software will not run at all Apple Support in OS X. Apple has provided a way to launch OS 9 software in OS X through something they call OS X Software Updates “Classic Mode”. Without restarting your machine, Mac OS X Troubleshooting OS X will launch OS 9 when you ask it to open an Mac Users Group of Virginia Tech older application. OS 9 will boot up and then run in an almost completely transparent manner. Macintosh News Unix Tutorial for Beginners OS X Native – Some software (Microsoft Office X) will only run in OS X. It is not compatible with OS 9.x and will not run unless you are in OS X. Print Resources Software Availibility FDI Summer 2002 Recommendation Already Released: Mac OSX: The Missing Manual •Microsoft Office v. X (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, David Pogue Entourage) •Internet Explorer Before purchasing, see a detailed content •Netscape Communicator outline at: •Eudora (beta) •Adobe Acrobat •Macromedia Flash MX macosxmm/toc.html •Much, much more... (check for the most OS X Little Black Book recent version of your software) Gene Steinberg Coming Soon: This book is most useful to the more •Adobe Photoshop 7.0 (ships in April) advanced Mac user. •Macromedia Dreamweaver MX (ships Summer 2002) More about expected software availability: If you are looking for a piece of software specific to your field or that is not listed here, try going to the manufacturer’s website and looking for the Support page. If you are unable to find this information, please feel free to contact Sam Davies ( Human Resource Free Software with most new Macs Samuel Davies Apple Campus Representaive Appleworks Alternative office suite email: iTunes Plays, Rips, and Burns CDs and phone: 703-582-8227 (mobile) MP3s iPhoto Saves, Organizes, and Shares photos from a Digital Camera Feel free to contact Sam with questions, comments, and/or con- iMovie Easy-to-use Digital Video Editor cerns. He is also more than willing to schedule one-on-one time iDVD Create your own DVDs and office visits.
  2. 2. The Mac OS 9 Desktop The Apple Menu con- The Special menu is for The Application menu and Applica- tains your Control Pan- system level commands tion Switcher window are used to els, commonly used ap- such as Shut Down, tell what applications are open and plications, recent items, Sleep, and Restart. to switch between open applications. and your favorite folders. This is also where you This is also where you toggle which This is customizable by empty the trash and applications are visible and which ap- adding your items to erase disks. (OS X = plications are hidden. (OS X = Dock the Apple Menu Items Apple Menu) and Applications Menu, located to Folder. (OS X = Dock) the right of the Apple Menu) Here are the hard drives and disks mounted on your computer. Connected servers would also appear in this area. (Mac OS X = Com- puter level accessed from the Go menu) The Control Panels are what you use to adjust the settings of your computer. Here you control appearance, internet set- tings, etc. (Mac OS X = System Preferences) The Chooser is the application used to The Control Strip is a multi-function tool connect to servers as well as to connect used to quickly change settings for the and choose printers. The Chooser is computer as well as applications. Here you located in the Apple Menu. This is also a can monitor your AirPort and Battery condi- place where AppleTalk can be toggled on tions, you can toggle file sharing, dial your and off. (Mac OS X = Print Center and modem, adjust your sound settings, etc. Connect to Server...) (Mac OS X = Menu Bar, located in upper right hand corner of the screen.)
  3. 3. Your Mac OS X Desktop The Apple Menu is The Go menu allows The Menu bar replaces much of now reserved for Sys- you to quickly access the functionality of the OS 9 con- tem level commands the most frequently trol strip. Here you can quickly (like Shut Down and used folders on your adjust your sound volume, Log Out.) Here you Computer. The Connect monitor your Airport strength, can also access the to Server... command check the time, monitor your bat- System Preferences, allows you to connect to tery level (on a notebook), dial a Recent Items, as well remote servers like the modem, or change your display as Force Quit. Chooser in OS 9. settings. This is a Finder window show- ing the Com- puter or the very top of the system hierarcy. This is where you will find hard drives, connected servers, and disks. Choose Computer from the Go menu to access. The Dock is your old Launcher, Application Switcher, and Apple Menu all rolled into one. You can access your favorite folders, launch or quit an appli- cation, or empty the trash. The Print Center allows you to connect your computer The System Preferences application is to a Printer. The Print Center application is located where you manage your computer’s in the Utilities folder which is in your Applications settings. It will allow you to do things folder. It allows you to access printers connected over like change your background, config- USB as well as any Appletalk or Ethernet printer. It is ure your internet settings, etc. Access also where you go to change your printer. This works System Preferences from the Dock, the much like the Chooser in OS 9 for printer manage- Apple Menu, or in the Applications ment. folder
  4. 4. Users and Security Creating a New User in OS X Home Directory 1. Login to your machine using an exisiting user •Your Home directory is located in name that has Admin privleges. Macintosh HD:Users:(User Name) 2. Choose the System Preferences application from the Dock or the Apple Menu •You can access your Home directory quickly by using 3. In that application, select the Users preference the Go menu, by clicking the house in the Finder tool- pane in the System category. (If this is not visible, bar, or by dragging your Home directory to the Dock. choose Show All from the toolbar.) 4. Choose New User…. •Your Home directory contains files only you have ac- 5. Enter your name in the Name field. cess to when you are logged in. 6. Enter a short name in the Short Name field. This name can only be eight characters long. (Note: •The Home directory is where you will find your The Name and Short Name are synonymous in Desktop Folder, your Documents folder, as well as your the system and you may use either) application preferences (in Library). 7. Click on the Password tab. 8. Type your password in both the Password and Verify fields. 9. Enter a hint for your password in the Password Hint field. 10. Choose whether or not to give the new user administrative privledges by checking the Allow user to administer this machine check box. Only give admin access to those users that you want to have complete access to your System files and preferences. 11. Choose Logout from the Apple Menu. 12. At the login screen, select the user name you just created and enter the password you just chose. Deleting a User 1. Make sure you are not logged in as the user you Mac Security wish to delete. •Choose a User password that is hard to guess but easy 2. Choose the System Preferences application from to remember the Dock or the Apple Menu 3. Select the Users preference pane in the System •Any file you leave in the Public folder in your Home category. directory can be accessed by anyone on the computer (or 4. Click on the username you wish to delete. network if File Sharing is turned on). 5. Choose Delete User… (you may be prompted for an Administrator password) •If there is the possibility of someone accessing your machine when you are not there, make sure to choose 6. Choose Delete from the sheet that appears. Log Out... from the Apple Menu when you leave your 7. You may now put the deleted users folder in the machine unattended. trash. It is located in Macintosh HD:Users: •Run Virus Software and update it frequently. •If you decide you need a firewall, an easy to use piece of Shareware called Brickhouse makes using the built- in firewall of OS X easy. It can be found at http://