Explore Lion's native habitat with an expert guide!

Take Control of
Using Lion

Matt Neuburg

With Matt Neuburg’s help, come up to speed on Lion’s key new features – Auto Save, Versions, Mission Control, Launchpad, gestures, full-screen mode, and more – and customize Lion to suit your needs. Whether you are excited about Lion’s new features or just want to get back to work, this ebook explains what you need to know.

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This ebook will teach you how to use your Mac more effectively with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, whether you embrace all of Lion’s new capabilities or strike a balance between old and new. Mac expert and former college professor Matt Neuburg explains how to use these important new features in Lion:

  • Auto Save: Fully Lion-savvy applications don’t have Save commands—learn what’s going on with Auto Save, and start to feel comfortable letting Lion do the work.
  • Resume: Find out how to enjoy the new Resume feature that re-opens applications and windows when you restart your Mac or relaunch a program. (Also, learn how to turn it off temporarily or permanently.)
  • Mission Control: Discover the many ways to enter and control Mission Control, and figure out how to make its many window-management options work for you.
  • Full-screen mode: Find out how to enter and leave full-screen mode, and see how it relates to Mission Control.
  • Launchpad: Launchpad brings the iPhone Home screen to the Mac. Learn how to use and customize Launchpad, and get ideas for additional ways to open your applications.
  • Gestures: If you have a trackpad or Magic Mouse, get ready for gestures in Lion, since there are more of them than ever before, and it’s well worth learning a few. You’ll learn about gestures as you read, since many Lion commands can be invoked with a gesture.

“Matt Neuberg has written a book useful to both diehard [Mac] cultists like me, and new users, both of whom can find what they need easily and quickly.” —Lisa Spangenberg, tech blogger

Other new-in-Lion-related questions that you’ll find answers to are these:

  • What’s the fun new way of entering accented characters?
  • Where’d my scrollbars go?
  • How do I make the text in my Finder window sidebar larger?
  • How do I sort items in a Finder window, and what does “Arrange” mean?
  • Where are the Appearance and the Accounts System Preference panes?
  • How do I change the size of my mouse pointer icon?
  • What’s this All My Files entry in my sidebar?
  • What’s the new picture-in-a-picture zooming option?
  • Where’d my user Library go?

“Once you’ve installed Lion you’ll absolutely want Take Control of Using Lion.”
—Miraz Jordan, MacTips reviewer

You’ll also learn how to:

  • Be nimble and efficient finding your documents and applications.
  • Take advantage of Lion’s revised Open and Save dialogs.
  • Make the screen easy on your eyes.
  • Reduce “pane-ful” clutter in System Preferences.
  • Enjoy the new Lion look of spelling corrections.
  • Have your Mac read to you in many great new voices.
  • Organize your fonts so you can easily format your text.
  • Find the elusive checkbox for making the menu bar look solid.

About Matt Neuburg

Matt Neuburg is a TidBITS contributing editor and the author of several books about Apple software, including Programming iOS 4. He has been programming computers for 45 years, and has written popular Mac and iOS freeware such as MemoryStick and the TidBITS News app.

What’s New in This Edition

Take Control of Using Lion is the fifth edition of an ebook I originally wrote in 2003, then called Take Control of Customizing Panther. Fast-forward to 2011, and although Take Control of Using Lion still covers customization, it also looks more fully at understanding and using this newest iteration of Mac OS X.

If you’ve been reading this ebook through its previous incarnations, or feel that you already know a great deal about previous Big Cat versions of Mac OS X, take note of the Know What’s New chapter, a few pages ahead; it summarizes new goodies, methods of working, and other changes in 10.7 Lion, and helps you locate the related new info in this book.

Note: You won’t get the full Lion experience unless you use finger gestures with a trackpad or a similar modern mousing device. Although this ebook will work nicely for you no matter what your input device, I wholeheartedly describe finger gestures for trackpads (and Apple’s Magic Mouse) throughout.

Like previous editions of this ebook, this one is sold with a companion ebook with the word Upgrading in its title, intended to be read before this one. We coordinated even more tightly than usual between the two manuscripts this time. As a result, a chapter in Take Control of Upgrading to Lion, “Perform Post-installation Tasks,” explains a few immediately important customizations that I don’t talk about here, and then sends you here to learn more. You certainly don’t need Take Control of Upgrading to Lion to use this book, and if you’ve already been using Lion for a while you likely don’t need it at all. However, many people do buy these two books together.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Using Lion Quick Start
  • Know What’s New
  • Straighten Out Your System Preferences
  • Dominate the Dock
  • Ease Your Eyeballs
  • Wash Your Windows
  • Handle the Hierarchy
  • Stop Saving
  • Master the Mouse, Control the Keyboard
  • Fix Your Fonts
  • Tackle Your Text
  • Customize Status Menus
  • Perform Miscellaneous Configurations
  • Keep Using Lion
  • About This Book
  • August 4, 2012 -- We do not plan to update this ebook again for Lion. However, <a href="mountain-lion-using">Take Control of Using Mountain Lion</a> is available to help you tame the Mountain Lion beast.