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Finding Your Way Around OS X

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This sample chapter gives a visual overview of the components of Mac OS X and tells you where to go for more details.
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This chapter is from the book

If you just got your first Macintosh or if you just installed Mac OS X and don't know where to begin, start with this chapter. It'll give you a visual overview of what things are and tell you where to go for more details.

  • If you're new to the Mac, after you skim through this chapter, Tutorial in Chapter 2. If you run across any chapter, check the index to find clarification Remember, as a new user, all you really need to the pages with the "dots" at the tops. Come back

  • If you're an experienced Mac OS 9 user, skip to Appendix A to find out where all of your favorite features have gone.

The Desktop

The Desktop

The Desktop is what you see when you turn on your mac. It's like home base; you'll get to know it well. For details about the Desktop, see Chapter 9.

This is a generic DockThis is a generic Dock. You might see other icons (pictures) in yours, and some of the icons shown above might not be in yours at the moment. Don't worry —it will change constantly.


This is the Finder iconThis is the Finder icon. Click once on it and the main Finder window will open. Hold the mouse button down on this icon and a menu pops up that tells you which other windows are currently open.


If something is in the Trash, press-and-hold the mouse button
on the Trash basket to get this pop-up menu.If something is in the Trash, press-and-hold the mouse button on the Trash basket to get this pop-up menu.


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