Meet the latest version of macOS

Take Control of
Ventura

Joe Kissell

macOS 13 Ventura brings important new usability, security, and convenience features to your Mac. Learn how to upgrade your Mac from an earlier version of macOS, find your way around the new system, and make use of the interesting new capabilities such as Stage Manager, Passkeys, and even a way to use your iPhone as a webcam.

All Take Control books are delivered in three ebook formats—PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle)—and can be read on nearly any device.

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macOS 13 Ventura may look a lot like its predecessor, macOS 12 Monterey, but it packs a lot of useful new features (along with some potentially confusing user interface choices). Joe Kissell once again provides a complete guide to the upgrade process, as well as an in-depth look at what’s new.

While Stage Manager provides yet another way to manage your windows, apps like Mail and Messages finally offer solutions to longstanding irritations, Continuity Camera learns some fancy new tricks, and macOS offers even more options to manage your privacy and security. Take Control of Ventura walks you through all these changes.

Anyone who buys the book now will also receive a free update when Apple releases macOS 13 Ventura to the public following beta testing.

Buy a bundle and save! If you buy this book plus Take Control of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 at the same time, you can save 33% (pay $19.99 versus the combined cover price of $29.98). To buy the bundle, click this link or add both books to your cart and enter coupon code NEJ9CVYT at checkout.

This book teaches you things like:

  • How to tell whether your Mac is compatible with Ventura
  • Steps you should take before upgrading
  • How to perform an in-place upgrade—or do a clean install and migrate your old data from a backup
  • Adapting to the sometimes-confusing new System Settings app, which replaces System Preferences
  • Managing windows and apps with Stage Manager
  • New Mail features—undo sending a message, schedule a message, follow up on messages awaiting replies, and more
  • Editing or unsending messages in the Messages app
  • Using new Safari 16 features, such as shared tab groups and editable suggested passwords
  • Understanding passkeys, which promise to replace passwords in many places—eventually
  • How to share a Photos library with family and friends
  • Using Continuity Camera to turn your iPhone into a webcam
  • Small but interesting changes throughout macOS, such as accessibility improvements, new features in Focus and Dictation, and expanded Live Text capabilities
  • How to use the brand-new Weather app
  • Improvements to bundled apps, including FaceTime, Maps, Notes, Reminders, and more
Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
  • Introduction
  • Ventura Quick Start
  • Take In the Scenic View
    • Find Out What’s New in Ventura
    • Catch Up with macOS Changes
  • Check Your Mac for Compatibility
    • Model Support
    • RAM
    • Free Disk Space
    • Solid-State Storage
  • Upgrade to Ventura
    • Update Your Third-Party Software
    • Back Up Your Disk
    • Decide on an Installation Method
    • Make Final Preparations
    • Upgrade Using Plan A: In‑Place Upgrade
    • Upgrade Using Plan B: Clean Install
    • Perform Post-Installation Tasks
    • Troubleshoot Upgrade Problems
    • How to Downgrade macOS
  • Adapt to Ventura Changes
    • Get Your Visual Bearings
    • Explore System Settings
    • Update Your Backup Strategy
  • Discover Stage Manager
    • Enable and Use Stage Manager
    • Configure Stage Manager Options
    • Do You Really Need Stage Manager?
  • Explore New Mail Features
    • Use Smart Search
    • Undo Sending an Email Message
    • Schedule Sending a Message
    • Follow Up on Messages Awaiting Replies
    • Remind Yourself About Important Messages
    • Get Notifications for Missing Attachments and Recipients
    • Compose Messages with Rich Links
    • Check for Authenticity of Branded Messages
  • Do More with Messages
    • Edit or Unsend a Message
    • Mark a Message as Unread
    • Recover Deleted Messages
    • Collaborate More Easily
    • Use SharePlay with Messages
  • Meet Safari 16
    • Do More with Tab Groups
    • Sync More Stuff
    • Edit Suggested Passwords
    • Translate Live Text
    • Get System-Wide Push Notifications
  • Improve Your Security with Passkeys
    • How Passkeys Work
    • How to Create and Use a Passkey
  • Take a New Look at Photos
    • Share a Photo Library
    • Enhance Your Memories
    • Try Other New Photos Features
  • Get a Better Webcam with Continuity Camera
    • Position Your iPhone
    • Use Continuity Camera
    • Add Video Effects
    • Use Desk View
  • Discover Other System Improvements
    • Accessibility
    • Apple ID
    • Apple Pay
    • Copy Subject
    • Dictation
    • Focus
    • Game Center
    • iCloud+
    • International Features
    • Live Text
    • Memoji
    • Sidecar
    • Siri
    • Spotlight
    • Visual Look Up
  • Explore Other App Improvements
    • Clock
    • FaceTime
    • Freeform
    • Home
    • Maps
    • Music
    • News
    • Notes
    • Reminders
    • Stocks
    • Tips
    • Weather
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author and Publisher
  • Also by Joe Kissell
  • Copyright and Fine Print

Joe Kissell Discusses Ventura on MacVoices

Posted by Joe Kissell on September 17, 2022

Joe Kissell joined host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to talk about Take Control of Ventura.

In part one, Joe talks about why he thinks Ventura is a comparatively minor upgrade and what to be aware of before installing it.

In part two, Joe goes further into some of the features he likes and dislikes in Ventura and talks bout future Take Control updates (and why asking when an update is going to appear actually makes it take longer).

August 29, 2022—As is our custom, we plan to update this book as soon as possible after the release of macOS 13 Ventura to cover changes between now and then. Anyone who already owns the book will get the update for free.

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