Table of Contents

This Table of Contents is a great place to start if you are new to the Mac or OS X. We bubble up the most interesting articles for beginners and link to them here. After you’ve browsed around here a bit you can dig deeper.

In order to get up to speed on your new Mac and not get lost in the site. Follow along each page sequentially. It will move from the most basic of topics, like navigating your desktop on to advanced topics like shell scripting. At the end, you’ll be a Mac Expert too.

How is the site organized?

Each of the headlines in the Table of Contents is also a Category on this website. While viewing any page you can look on the right side of the page for a list of categories. There are other articles for a given subject that are listed under the categories so feel free to dig deeper.

Also, for each article we’ve applied tags that help you find similar content. So for example if we are talking about the Dock in an article we will tag it with the keyword dock. If you want to find other articles on the Dock you can look at the list of popular tags for dock.

If you don’t find what you are looking let me know and I’ll post an answer for you.

Desktop, Folders and Windows

  • [intlink id=”393″ type=”post”]Welcome to the Mac OS X Desktop[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”21″ type=”page”]The Finder[/intlink]
    • [intlink id=”376″ type=”post”]Using the Finder Windows[/intlink]
    • [intlink id=”160″ type=”post”]Configuring the Finder Sidebar[/intlink]
    • [intlink id=”473″ type=”post”]Removing Disk Icons from the Desktop[/intlink]

[intlink id=”31″ type=”page”]The Dock[/intlink]

  • [intlink id=”920″ type=”post”]Adding Items to the Dock[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”918″ type=”post”]Removing Items from the Dock[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”16″ type=”post”]Configure the Dock[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”10″ type=”post”]Opening Program at Login[/intlink]

Keeping Things Organized

  • [intlink id=”476″ type=”post”]Taking out the Trash[/intlink]

Getting Stuff Done

  • [intlink id=”201″ type=”post”]Quickly switch between running applications[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”91″ type=”post”]Closing Unresponsive Mac Programs[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”26″ type=”post”]Use Spaces to keep your Desktop Organized[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”30″ type=”post”]Installing Applications[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”410″ type=”post”]Removing Applications[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”509″ type=”post”]Dashboard[/intlink]

Finding Files with Spotlight

  • [intlink id=”34″ type=”post”]Using Spotlight[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”127″ type=”post”]Cool Spotlight Tricks[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”688″ type=”post”]Saving Spotlight Searches in the Finder Sidebar[/intlink]

Have it Your Way

  • [intlink id=”9″ type=”category”]System Preferences[/intlink]
    • [intlink id=”16″ type=”post”]The Dock[/intlink]
    • [intlink id=”610″ type=”post”]CDs & DVDs[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”28″ type=”post”]Updating Your System[/intlink]

Using the Internet

  • Safari
  • iChat
  • Mail
    • Finding files opened from Mail
    • [intlink id=”489″ type=”post”]Cleanup Mail address Autocomplete[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”32″ type=”post”]Application Firewall – Keeping your system safe[/intlink]
  • Filtering Offensive Material
    • [intlink id=”547″ type=”post”]Open DNS[/intlink]

Built-in Applications

  • [intlink id=”430″ type=”post”]Address Book[/intlink]
    • [intlink id=”286″ type=”post”]Printing Envelopes and Mailing Labels[/intlink]
  • Apple Script
  • Automator
  • Calculator
  • Chess

Built-in Utilities

  • The Utilities Folder
  • [intlink id=”513″ type=”post”]Screen Capture & Grab[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”522″ type=”post”]The Terminal[/intlink]

Keeping the Lights On

  • [intlink id=”13″ type=”post”]Adding Users[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”15″ type=”post”]Removing Users[/intlink]

Into the Belly of the Beast

(or, how to get around the UNIX underpinnings)

  • Using the Terminal
  • Essential Unix Commands
  • Installing new UNIX apps

3rd Party Applications

  • [intlink id=”109″ type=”post”]Essential 3rd Party Applications[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”8″ type=”post”]Copying DVDs with Handbrake[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”125″ type=”post”]Downloading Bittorrents[/intlink]

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