Become more productive and confident in Snow Leopard with advice from the experts at Macworld!

Macworld Total Snow Leopard Superguide


This ebook from Macworld gets you going with Snow Leopard, explaining what’s new and sharpening your Mac OS X skills. The 104-page ebook looks particularly at finding files, using the Finder effectively, automation, security, surfing the Web with Safari, issuing commands on the Unix command line, and troubleshooting.

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Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • How do I streamline editing an iCal event?
  • How do I set the default Spotlight search location?
  • How do I add comments and editing marks to a PDF in Preview.
  • In Safari, how do I open a typed URL in a new tab?
  • What’s the best way to read RSS Feeds in Safari?
  • How do I set up and work with tabs in Terminal?
  • How do I send a video from QuickTime X to iTunes, MobileMe, or YouTube?
  • How do I store my passwords under a more complex password than my easy-to-type login password?
  • What are some whizzy ways to access my files? (hint: Snow Leopard introduced some fun changes to Exposé, the Dock, and Spaces)

We encourage you to download the free 22-page sample to see what it looks like, since it is rather different from our Take Control design. If you plan to print, print a few test pages from the sample first in case you wish to consider Macworld’s $24.99 print version, which has higher-resolution images than are feasible in an ebook.

About Macworld

Take Control Books previously sold the Macworld Superguide series, which was written by Macworld contributors including Karissa Bell, Chris Breen, Serenity Caldwell, Alexandra Chang, Jason Cook, David Chartier, Lauren Crabbe, Jim Dalrymple, Jackie Dove, Glenn Fleishman, Dan Frakes, Lex Friedman, Adam Goldstein, Michael Gowan, Rob Griffiths, Jim Heid, Mat Honan, Andy Ihnatko, Dave Johnson, Heather Kelly, Joe Kissell, Greg Knauss, Ted Laudau, Roman Loyola, Kirk McElhearn, Scott McNulty, Dan Miller, Sarah Milstein, Dan Moren, Tim Moynihan, Chris Pepper, Rich Mogull, Michael Scalisi, Jon Seff, Derrick Story, Marco Tabini, Gina Trapani, Ben Waldie, Bill Wiecking, Leah Yamshon, and Sharon Zardetto.

Installing Snow Leopard

Perform a Basic Upgrade
What you need to know to install Snow Leopard, including backup advice and customization tips.
Installation Alternatives and Fixes
If you run into any problems while installing Snow Leopard, this chapter will talk you through the fixes.

Inside Snow Leopard

The Finder, the Dock, and Exposé
Apple made a host of changes to the Finder and some small tweaks to the Dock and Exposé. Find out what’s new with OS X’s navigation apps.
QuickTime X
QuickTime received one of the biggest makeovers. Version X has some new features but is missing some old ones, and it offers smarter workflows.
Automation Features
Snow Leopard features newly revamped services and adds helpful text-substitution tools.
Exchange Support
In OS X 10.6 you can finally sync iCal, Address Book, and Mail with Microsoft Exchange 2007 servers.
OS X’s humble Preview application gets a feature boost. Meet the new tools and additions in version 5.
Wake on Demand
Your Mac can do more while sleeping, thanks to Snow Leopard’s new Wake on Demand features.
Apple has upgraded the Trackpad, VoiceOver, and Hearing features to make Macs easier to use for people with physical disabilities.
Under the Hood
Learn more about Grand Central Dispatch, OpenCL, and the jump from 32 to 64 bits.
13 Hidden Features
Get to know these hidden goodies and minor tweaks in Snow Leopard.

Work Smarter

Quickly Track Down Files and Folders
Use the Finder, the Dock, and Quick Look to work more efficiently with these timesaving shortcuts.
Tame Cluttered Windows
Fight window clutter with Spaces, OS X’s updated window-management tool.
Fill In Text with Substitutions
One of the most useful new features in Snow Leopard is text substitution.
Automate Repetitive Tasks
Automator can handle tedious tasks. This section teaches the basics and provides some sample workflows.

OS X’s Hidden Tools

Image Capture
In Snow Leopard, you can use Image Capture to set default applications for your camera and share images with other users on your network.
The beloved and dependable Preview also has a few new tricks up its sleeve, including broader PDF powers and more image-editing tools.
TextEdit’s genius is that it seems simple but can actually do some heavy-duty word processing.

The Secrets of Safari 4

Better Browsing
Safari 4 makes searching and browsing easier than ever. These tips will help you organize the time you spend on the Web and use it more productively.
Take Control of Tabs
Overwhelmed by a sea of Web pages? Keep your multitasking browser activities in order with tabs.
Manage Bookmarks and RSS Feeds
You have a library of links to sort and tons of RSS feeds to read. Safari 4 has tools to make both tasks more manageable.
Search Smarter
Make your quest for information easy and fun with the best of our Safari search tips.

Search Your Mac

Spotlight Basics
Master OS X’s powerful catchall search tool, Spotlight. Change its preferences and troubleshoot any issues that may pop up.
Create Smarter Queries
These tricks will ensure that you find exactly what you’re looking for with Spotlight searches.
Perform Advanced Searches
Spotlight shares its powers with other Mac applications. For heavy duty searches, turn to the Finder.

Snow Leopard Security

Put User Accounts to Work
The key to keeping your data safe is knowing who has access to what. Control your Mac with user accounts.
Create Strong Passwords
Follow these essential tips to make sure the passwords you select are secure.
Encrypt Your Data
Protect your information by encrypting it—follow our step-by-step instructions.
Make Secure Connections
Guard your system against intruders when you connect to outside networks.
Stay Safe Online
Avoid spammers, phishers, and hackers by staying sharp and abiding by these rules for safe browsing.

Troubleshooting OS X

Your Troubleshooting Toolbox
Do you know what to do when your Mac misbehaves? We’ll tell you all the steps you can take to remedy common OS X issues.
Advanced Fixes
When the problems are more advanced, combine some sleuthing with other possible solutions.
Seek Outside Help
It’s OK to ask for help, but whom exactly do you ask? Here’s where to turn if your Mac is having bigger problems than you can handle.
Back Up with Time Machine
Keep your data 100 percent safe with a backup. Figure out the best data-storage plan for your setup.

Terminal Tricks

Terminal Basics
Learn how Terminal works, and discover some easy ways to make it work harder for you.
Easy System Tweaks
Change small features of OS X’s built-in programs from Terminal.

The Macworld Total Snow Leopard Superguide was written by Christopher Breen, Glenn Fleishman, Dan Frakes, Rob Griffiths, Joe Kissell, Ted Landau, Kirk McElhearn, Rich Mogull, Dan Moren, Jonathan Seff, Michael Scalisi, Derrick Story, Ben Waldie, and Sharon Zardetto.