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  • Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security

    Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security

    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 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

    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

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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

    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

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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 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 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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  • 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 Home Security Cameras

    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 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

    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 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 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 PDFpen 10

    Take Control of PDFpen 10

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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!

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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 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 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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  • 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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