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Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course

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by Scholle McFarland
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Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course by Scholle McFarland

Learn macOS 10.12 Sierra with Mac expert and former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland!

Head into the wilds of Sierra with confidence with the detailed "What's New in Sierra" list found this this Crash Course. You'll also learn about big new Sierra features like Siri, app tabs, Desktop and Documents folder syncing, Universal Clipboard, and Apple Pay in Safari. Particularly important is the book's discussion of Optimized Storage, which can save a lot of space on a Mac with a small drive, but should be enabled only when you understand its implications.

Our favorite chapter is "Discover the Little Things in Sierra," which explains keeping folders on top of file listings, new text shortcut features, link and video previews in Messages, Picture in Picture, and the somewhat involved steps for setting up Auto Unlock with an Apple Watch. Also, don't miss Scholle's troubleshooting advice, which covers a wide range of misbehavior, from a frozen app to a frozen Mac.

You'll also benefit from the book's coverage of core Mac topics. Thanks to a magazine-like layout with lots of steps, lists, and screenshots, you can find just the info you need, whether it involves understanding iCloud Drive, managing your menu bar effectively, configuring Notification Center to be useful, getting the most out of your Finder window's sidebar, dealing with the Dock, pinning tabs in Safari, or any of a myriad of other helpful subjects.

Whether you want to browse for a few tips or go deep, you'll learn about...

  • The hidden trick to getting your Mac to respond to "Hey, Siri!"
  • All the things Siri can do for you on the Mac
  • Improving your writing with Sierra's new text shortcuts
  • How to watch a video--even from YouTube!--while you pretend to get work done
  • The steps necessary to set your Apple Watch up to unlock your Mac automatically
  • Using Apple Pay with an iPhone--while shopping online in Safari on your Mac
  • How to sort folders on top of files in Finder windows... Or not.
  • The best ways to work with Sierra's new tabs in apps beyond Safari and the Finder
  • Using Handoff to move a task from your Mac to your iPhone, or vice-versa
  • Moving data between your Apple devices with Universal Clipboard
  • Understanding where your Desktop and Documents folders go when synced
  • How you access synced Desktop and Documents folders from other devices and older Macs
  • How to set up Finder window sidebar favorites, and where to find those same favorites in a Save dialog
  • What to do if your Mac won't turn on, if you get the spinning beachball of death, or if you need to repair your disk--and how to easily find out if your Mac still has AppleCare
  • And much more!

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Ebook Details
Pages: 139
Size: 24.2 MB
Publisher: Take Control Books
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9781492018193 (DRM-EPUB)
9781492018209 (DRM-PDF)

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12/02/2016
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