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  • Take Control of Your Apple ID cover

    Take Control of Your Apple ID

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    This book covers everything someone needs to know about configuring an Apple ID account, interactions with iCloud-based services, and troubleshooting account access.

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    Take Control of Big Sur

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    Get to know macOS 11 with Take Control of Big Sur. Learn everything you need to know to prepare for a smooth transition to the new version of macOS—and what to do once you’ve upgraded. Discover new features, explore the revised user interface, and avoid potentially unpleasant surprises.

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    Take Control of iCloud

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    Apple’s iCloud service is highly useful, but it can also create headaches for the average user. In Take Control of iCloud, Seventh Edition, Joe Kissell explains how to avoid frustrations and make iCloud work for you across all your devices.

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  • Take Control of Home Security Cameras cover

    Take Control of Home Security Cameras

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    Are you thinking about installing a home security camera (or several!) or a smart-home security and sensor system that includes cameras? This book guides you through the many decisions about quality, features, privacy, and security that will help you find just what you want. If you own one or more home security cameras already, you’ll learn much more about options, configuration, and changes you can make—and how you might expand your system or replace parts of it. (This book could even convince you that the time isn’t right to purchase a home security camera given tradeoffs you don’t want to make, especially on privacy and security!)

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  • Take Control of Apple Home Automation

    Take Control of Apple Home Automation

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    Thanks to Apple’s HomeKit platform, you can easily configure smart home devices (such as light bulbs, outlets, thermostats, sensors, cameras, and door locks) from a variety of manufacturers to behave exactly as you need them to; integrate them with a hub such as a HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad; and control them with an iOS/iPadOS device, a Mac, an Apple Watch, Siri commands, or automated programming. This book gives you all the information you need to get started.

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  • Take Control of Photos 2.0 cover

    Take Control of Photos

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    This book introduces you to the many features of Apple’s Photos app on Mac, iPad, and iPhone, with advice on navigating the interface, editing your images, searching your library like a pro, syncing with iCloud Photos, sharing photos with others, and creating photo books.

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  • Take Control of macOS Media Apps cover

    Take Control of macOS Media Apps

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    Are you bewildered with the apps that replaced iTunes in Catalina and later? Befuddled by Apple Music? Do you want to customize the Music app sidebar? Wish you could organize your podcasts? Wondering what the difference is between loves and stars? In this book, Kirk McElhearn (author of three previous Take Control titles on iTunes, going back to 2010) explains not only how Apple’s media apps work, but also how normal people can make the Music, TV, Podcasts, and Books apps do what they want.

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    Take Control of Apple TV

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    Whether you’re considering an Apple TV, already own one, or have a smart TV or streaming device that supports AirPlay and/or the Apple TV app, you can more fully enjoy Apple’s ecosystem with this ultimate guide by TidBITS managing editor Josh Centers. You’ll learn about the best TVs and sound equipment to buy, how to maximize your Apple TV’s picture quality, get the most out of the Apple TV app, control your media with AirPlay, and so much more!

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  • Take Control of Slack

    Take Control of Slack

    Wrap your head around how Slack group messaging works, learn to communicate and collaborate using its many features, and discover how to use integrations and notifications to get more out of it. The book explains finding channels, starting conversations, posting messages, interacting with bots, and more! The Slack web app is covered, along with apps for macOS, Windows, iOS/iPadOS, and Android.

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    Take Control of Apple Watch

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    Get to know your Apple Watch and customize it to help you focus on what you care about most. Tech expert Jeff Carlson helps you understand the watch mindset, pick the watch model that’s right for you, set up and share its faces and their complications, get the notifications you want, handle communications, and learn how the controls and core apps work.

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  • Take Control of Shortcuts cover

    Take Control of Shortcuts

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    Automation is no longer just for advanced Mac and PC users! Apple’s Shortcuts app lets anyone with an iPhone or iPad automate day-to-day tasks, from the simple to the complex. This book is a complete introduction to Shortcuts, which covers every aspect of building, installing, debugging, running, syncing, and sharing shortcuts. It also includes step-by-step recipes for creating numerous useful shortcuts yourself.

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  • Take Control of iOS & iPadOS Privacy and Security cover

    Take Control of iOS & iPadOS Privacy and Security

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    Ensuring that your iPhone or iPad’s data remains secure and in your control and that your private data remains private isn’t a battle—if you know what boxes to check and how to configure iOS and iPadOS to your advantage. While Apple biases security and privacy in your favor, Take Control of iOS & iPadOS Privacy and Security takes you into the intricacies of Apple’s choices when it comes to networking, data sharing, and encryption.

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  • Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security

    Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security

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    Setting up and securing a Wi-Fi network can be complicated and confusing. This book helps you over every hurdle involved in picking gateways, setting up a network, adding devices, and securing the network and connected phones, tablets, and computers. It’s useful for those who have set up networks in the past and want to replace them with new gear, as well as people who have never built a Wi-Fi network before.

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  • Take Control of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 cover

    Take Control of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

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    iOS 14 brings new features to your iPhone or iPod touch, while iPadOS 14 updates your iPad with the latest goodies. In Take Control of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, you’ll discover all the new features in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and how to make the best use of them.

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  • Take Control of Notes

    Take Control of Notes

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    This book tells you everything you need to know about Apple’s Notes app for iOS, macOS, and the web, from basic features like formatting to advanced features like scanning documents, password protecting notes, making sketches, and managing attachments.

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    Take Control of Podcasting

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    Start podcasting or take your podcast to the next level with start-to-finish guidance from Andy Affleck. You’ll learn tricks of the trade as you assemble your hardware and software, make recordings, edit and mix the audio, and encode and publish your shows. This book covers all the steps needed to make a podcast using a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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    Take Control of Your Digital Storage

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    This book demystifies storage on the Mac, from mechanical hard drives to solid-state disks, and covering topics such as network-attached storage (NAS), cloud storage, repairing and managing disks, encryption, filesystems (including APFS), and managing data.

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  • Take Control of Zoom Essentials cover

    Take Control of Zoom Essentials

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    Zoom became the online tool that everyone suddenly needed to master for school, work, and social life. This free Take Control book is here to help. Take Control of Zoom Essentials gets you quickly up to speed, including installing a Zoom app or using Zoom in a browser if you haven’t yet done so. It takes you through setup of your hardware, physical space, and Zoom apps, and teaches you to be an effective participant in meetings, including sharing your screen. This short, free book will make you an intermediate Zoom user in hours, without frustration.

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    Take Control of Zoom

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    Work, school, and even socializing increasingly take place remotely, and Zoom has quickly become one of the most popular tools for videoconferencing—one-on-one or with a group. Take Control of Zoom explains how to use the Zoom service from start to finish. It offers detailed instructions, warnings, and tips from installing and configuring the Zoom software, through setup and participation, and how to host meetings. The new, much-expanded 1.1 release of the book adds extensive help on presenting in Zoom with PowerPoint and Keynote, as well as using virtual camera software like Camo, mmHmm, OBS, and Zoom’s new built-in Slides as Virtual Background feature.

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  • Take Control of DEVONthink 3 cover

    Take Control of DEVONthink 3

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    DEVONthink 3 offers a slew of features for defeating information overload, but mastering its power is easier with real-world advice from DEVONthink power user Joe Kissell. He helps you understand the best ways to put information into DEVONthink and how to organize it so you can find it later. He also covers syncing DEVONthink databases among your Apple devices and using DEVONthink To Go in iOS.

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  • Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 cover

    Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

    Whether you use an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you’ll find lots to explore in Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. Learn about what’s new in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13—and how to customize them to fit your needs.

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  • Take Control of Apple Mail cover

    Take Control of Apple Mail

    Use Apple Mail more effectively! Email expert Joe Kissell explains what’s new with Mail in Catalina (or Mojave) and iOS 13/iPadOS 13 (or iOS 12), and how to best set up your Gmail, iCloud, IMAP, and Exchange accounts, He then shows you how to take Mail to the next level with plugins and automation, manage your incoming email, customize Mail, and solve common problems.

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  • Take Control of Preview cover

    Take Control of Preview

    Apple’s Preview app is bundled with every Mac and yet many Mac users have only a shallow understanding of what it’s capable of. Mac experts Adam Engst and Josh Centers have plumbed Preview’s depths to create a cheerful, colorful book that explains dozens of techniques for importing, viewing, editing, and converting images in Preview. It also puts you in control of reading, annotating, manipulating, and encrypting PDFs.

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  • Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily cover

    Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily

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    We’re in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. In the middle of a global viral outbreak, you were told or asked to work from home—and you’ve never or rarely had to be productive where you live before. What to do? We’re here to take some stress out of your life with a new, free book that details how to set up a home office and balance work and home life for those not accustomed to it.

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  • Take Control of PDFpen cover

    Take Control of PDFpen

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    Polish your PDFs with Smile’s PDFpen, for a fraction of what Adobe Acrobat costs! Michael E. Cohen explains how you can create, combine, edit, annotate, and protect PDFs. Also learn how to perform and edit OCR, fill out forms, sign forms digitally, make interactive forms, and much more. Covers Mac and iOS versions!

  • Apple Interface Mysteries 1.0 cover

    Apple Interface Mysteries

    Apple devices are supposed to be easy to use, and they generally are—at least for basic things. But over the years, as features have multiplied exponentially and hardware has changed dramatically, the user interfaces of Macs, iPhones, and iPads (among other Apple products) have become increasingly inscrutable. This book explores the mysteries of how and why things are the way they are now—and shows you how you can solve your own Apple usability puzzles.

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  • Take Control of Your Productivity

    Take Control of Your Productivity

    Simple to-do lists and calendars are no match for today’s complex productivity needs. Productivity expert Jeff Porten walks you step by step through a system that helps you manage personal and business tasks fluidly, without having to worry that something might fall through the cracks.

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  • Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal 3.0 cover

    Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal

    Release your inner geek and harness the power of the Unix underpinnings of macOS! This book from Joe Kissell explains everything you need to know to become comfortable working on the command line in Terminal, and provides numerous “recipes” for performing useful tasks.

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  • Take Control of 1Password

    Take Control of 1Password

    Annoyed by having to type hard-to-remember passwords? Let 1Password do the heavy lifting. With directions for 1Password 7 for the Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, Chrome OS, and Linux, author Joe Kissell shows you how to generate and enter secure passwords, speed up your online shopping, and share and sync web logins and other confidential data.

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  • Take Control of Automating Your Mac Cover

    Take Control of Automating Your Mac

    Ever wondered if automation could make your life easier? In Take Control of Automating Your Mac, Third Edition, Mac expert Joe Kissell shows you how to save time and aggravation by using numerous built-in macOS tools, as well as helpful third-party apps, to automate routine tasks and procedures.

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  • Take Control of Your Browser

    Your web browser is the gateway to a vast array of information and apps. This book helps you master this essential app, finding the best browser for your needs and configuring it to work just the way you want.

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  • Take Control of Calendar and Reminders

    Take Control of Calendar and Reminders

    Learn how to unlock the full potential of Apple’s Calendar and Reminders! In Take Control of Calendar and Reminders, Mac expert Scholle McFarland helps you get the most out of these apps, showing you how to customize them, sync data across devices, and share meeting invitations and reminder lists. You’ll also learn how to use Siri as a shortcut, and how to fix common problems.

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  • Take Control of Your Digital Photos 2.0 Cover

    Take Control of Your Digital Photos

    This book gives photographers using Mac or Windows computers the information they need to build and maintain a digital photo workflow that makes it easy to import, rate, tag, and store photos to find them quickly and easily later. It helps you spend more time on the enjoyable aspects of photography—shooting and viewing your photos—and less on the mundane but essential task of managing all your photos.

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  • Take Control of Upgrading to Catalina cover

    Take Control of Upgrading to Catalina

    Manage your upgrade to Catalina with ease using Joe Kissell’s expert advice in Take Control of Upgrading to Catalina. Learn what you need to know before you begin, how to prepare your Mac, and be ready to make decisions about installation questions. Find out how to resolve common upgrading problems, and what has changed in macOS since the last version.

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  • Take Control of Catalina cover

    Take Control of Catalina

    Dive in and start taking advantage of macOS 10.15’s features with Take Control of Catalina by former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland. Learn what’s new, from Finder enhancements to updated Apple apps like Find My, Music, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Safari, and TV. You’ll also get helpful tips for using Catalina, including how best to customize it to your needs.

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  • Connect and Secure Your iPhone and iPad cover

    Connect and Secure Your iPhone and iPad

    Get up to speed fast on controlling your privacy on your iPhone and iPad, while keeping everything secure. Connect and Secure Your iPhone and iPad covers iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, and walks you through setting up networks, controlling cellular data usage, securing your connection, and protecting your privacy.

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