Learn all the ins and outs of macOS 10.14 Mojave!

Take Control of

Scholle McFarland

Discover the newest features of Mojave with Take Control of Mojave by former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland. You’ll learn great details about macOS 10.14, including what has changed behind the scenes and what’s new in Apple apps like Safari and Siri. You’ll also get helpful tips on using Mojave, including how best to customize it to your needs.

All Take Control books are delivered in two ebook formats—PDF and EPUB—and can be read on nearly any device.


Mojave brings new features and user interface options to macOS. Whether you’re new to the Mac or a seasoned pro, you’ll find tons of useful information in Take Control of Mojave, an in-depth guide by former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland. The book covers not only the many changes in Mojave, but also the fundamentals of getting around, customizing your experience, and solving problems.

Among the many topics Scholle covers are new Finder features such as Dark Mode, stacks, and Gallery view; system-wide tools like Quick Actions (which let you perform common functions without opening an app), Mojave’s enhanced screenshot features, and new capabilities built into Siri; revisions to Apple apps such as the App Store, Mail, and Safari; and features that span macOS and iOS platforms, such as Continuity Camera (using your iPhone’s camera to insert a picture on your Mac) and updates to the Dock.

You’ll also discover lots of helpful tips on using Mojave, including how to:

  • Change the overall appearance of your Mac’s display, modify the accent color, and use the new dynamic desktop images
  • Use Stacks to keep the files on your desktop tidy and organized—effortlessly
  • Change the Dock’s new way of showing recent apps if you don’t like it
  • Preview graphics and other files with Gallery view, and get more information about them in the Preview pane
  • Use Quick Actions (in the Preview pane, Quick Look, contextual menus, and elsewhere) to modify documents directly, without finding and launching an app
  • Make your own custom Quick Actions
  • Use Mojave’s enhanced security and privacy features to keep yourself and your data safe and avoid unwanted tracking
  • Capture your Mac’s screen (as a photo or movie) in any of numerous ways, without needing an extra app
  • Use Siri to find files, modify system preferences, find your Apple devices, perform specific tasks in apps, get answers to questions, and much more
  • Make Safari more friendly by selectively blocking pop-ups, showing favicons, and avoiding potentially harmful extensions
  • Use your iPhone to take a picture and insert it in a document on your Mac in one step
  • Navigate the updated App Store
  • Use the new Home, News, Stocks, and Voice Memos apps
  • Share iCloud data and purchases within a family
  • Solve common problems
Scholle McFarland

About Scholle McFarland

Scholle McFarland has been covering the Mac since 1996 as an editor at MacUser magazine and then Macworld. During that time, she witnessed Apple transform from everyone’s favorite “doomed” company to everyone’s actually favorite company and is still amazed by the whole thing.

When she’s not working, Scholle (“Sholly”) likes to hang out with her family, friends, and many animals in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

The first version of this book offered early access to tips and tricks available in Mojave’s public beta software. Version 1.1, based on the shipping version of Mojave, updates that information and adds chapters about several topics:

  • Revamped App Store: The redesigned App Store includes editor curation, inspirational interviews, and tips. Also, you no longer use it to update macOS. Learn more in Explore the New App Store.
  • Four iOS apps come to the Mac: Once iOS-only, the Home, News, Stocks, and Voice Memos apps make their debut on the Mac. See Control Your Home, Stay On Top of the News, Take Stock of Your Stocks, and Record Your Thoughts with Voice Memos.
  • iCloud Family Sharing: Learn how to use iCloud Family Sharing to simplify sharing media and more with family members.
  • Troubleshooting: Prepare for everyday difficulties by learning how to troubleshoot Mac problems. This new chapter also covers Mojave-specific issues with Apple File System (APFS).

You’ll also find the following bits of new information:

  • Apple’s focus on privacy extends to its own use of your personal information to generate tailored advertising in the App Store, News, and Stocks. Now you can set ad preferences for Apple Apps to control if data is shared.
  • Apple has axed the iCloud feature Back to My Mac. See Bye-Bye, Back to My Mac.
  • Mojave completes the switch to the modern Apple File System (APFS), automatically converting your startup volume, even if it’s a Fusion Drive. Read Watch Out for Apple File System Issues to learn about how this might trip you up.
  • Mojave gives you more control over which apps use external graphics processing units (eGPUs). See Rev Up Graphics with eGPU Support.
  • Mojave removes integration with social media services like Facebook and Twitter. Find out more in Mojave’s Less Cozy Relationship with Social Media.
  • Siri can now answer questions about motorsports. See Get Answers to Questions.


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