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  • Take Control of Siri

    When it comes to using your Apple devices, Siri is increasingly the hands-free, time-saving, and fun technology that ties everything together. Whether you want to ask a question, make a call, find your iPhone, or set a timer—not only can Siri do it, but it usually offers the fastest way. This book explores how to get the most out of Siri on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and HomePod.

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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, and Android.

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  • Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac

    Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac

    Joe Kissell provides the advice you need to create a Mac backup strategy that protects your data and enables quick recovery. He compares backup software, services, and media to help you make the best choices. You’ll learn to set up, test, and maintain backups, plus how to restore files after a calamity!

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  • Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac

    Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac

    Don’t settle for a sluggish Mac! If it seems your Mac has become slower and less responsive over time, it’s not your imagination—but it’s also a problem you can solve without buying a new computer. This comprehensive book teaches you how to find the exact causes of slow performance and take steps to make your Mac zippy again.

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  • Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac

    Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac

    This essential guide teaches you 17 basic troubleshooting procedures and how to solve 21 common problems, along with an easy-to-follow way to troubleshoot novel problems. Whether your Mac fails to boot, loses its Internet connection, or won’t cooperate, this book has the advice you need to find a solution.

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  • Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac

    Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac

    Learn how to prevent problems with your Mac and keep little irritations from turning into major headaches. Joe Kissell shows you a simple maintenance regimen that will keep your Mac humming. It starts with a good spring cleaning and then adds simple daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks, as well as ongoing monitoring.

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  • Take Control of iCloud

    Take Control of iCloud

    Apple’s iCloud service is highly useful, but it can also create headaches for the average user. In Take Control of iCloud, Sixth Edition, newly updated for Mojave and iOS 12, Mac expert Joe Kissell explains how to avoid frustrations and make iCloud work for you.

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  • Take Control of Your Apple ID

    Take Control of Your Apple ID

    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 Your Digital Storage

    Take Control of Your Digital Storage

    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 Your Passwords

    Password overload has driven many of us to take dangerous shortcuts. If you think ZombieCat12 is a secure password, that you can safely reuse a password, or that no one would try to steal your password, think again! Overcome password frustration with expert advice from Joe Kissell!

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  • Take Control of Mac Basics

    Take Control of Mac Basics

    Whether you’re new to the Mac, or simply want to sharpen your Mac know-how, _Take Control of Mac Basics_ is an easy-to-use and exhaustive reference to macOS. Drawing on her years of experience as the former editor in chief of Take Control, author Tonya Engst has compiled an invaluable guide to understanding important Mac facts and concepts, and how to develop the skills you need to become a highly proficient Mac user.

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  • Take Control of Automating Your Mac

    Take Control of Automating Your Mac

    Ever wondered if automation could make your life easier? In Take Control of Automating Your Mac, Second 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 the Cloud

    Take Control of the Cloud

    The array of tasks you can perform using cloud products and services is almost endless, but what’s the best way to navigate the Cloud? In _Take Control of the Cloud, Second Edition_, Joe Kissell gives you the most up-to-date advice and information about choosing, using, and personalizing cloud products and services to take advantage of their potential, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

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    Take Control of Your Online Privacy

    Nowadays, it can be difficult to complete ordinary activities without placing your personal data online, but having your data online puts you at risk for theft, embarrassment, and all manner of trouble. Read this book to find practical advice that ordinary people need to handle common online privacy problems and to develop a sensible online privacy strategy, customized for your needs.

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  • Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ

    Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ

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    Befuddled by Apple Music? Tired of playing hide-and-seek with the iTunes sidebar? Wish you could organize your podcasts? Wondering what the difference is between loves and stars? In this FAQ-style ebook, Kirk McElhearn (author of The iTunes Guy column at Macworld) explains not only how the iTunes features work, but how normal people can make iTunes do what they want.

  • Take Control of Your Digital Legacy

    Take Control of Your Digital Legacy

    How do you want to be remembered? A will takes care of your physical possessions, but what about your digital life—photos, email, files, and the like? If you want to pass your electronic ephemera on as part of your digital legacy, turn to tech expert Joe Kissell for advice on dealing with large quantities of data, file formats, media types, the need for a “digital executor,” and more.

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    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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  • Are Your Bits Flipped?

    Are Your Bits Flipped?

    Just as a single flipped bit in a piece of computer code can bring an otherwise reliable app crashing to a halt, a single misconception in your understanding of personal computing technology can cause all manner of problems. Join tech expert Joe Kissell as he untangles common confusions surrounding the digital products and services we all rely on every day.

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  • Take Control of Dropbox

    Take Control of Dropbox

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    Whether you’re already among the millions of people who sync and share files with Dropbox or you plan to join their ranks soon, this book will teach you about the many features—especially the non-obvious ones!—that make Dropbox an exceptionally popular Internet service.

  • Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal

    Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal

    Release your inner geek and harness the power of the Unix underpinnings to Mac OS X! This 167-page ebook 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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