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Anatomy of a Mac

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When you get a new Mac, a set up assistant

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helps you setup your internet connection,

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mail accounts and basic settings,

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so you can get started using
your Mac right away.

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This video will give you a quick
overview of the basics.

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It all starts on the desktop.

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Think of the desktop on your Mac
just like an actual desktop

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where you keep everything you need
to get things done.

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At the bottom of your desktop is the Dock

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where you have quick access
to applications and files.

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To open something just clicked on it.

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This is the icon for the Finder,

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which shows you all your files and can
help you find anything on your Mac.

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Next is Dashboard, with cool widgets
like a Calculator,

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Yellow Pages, Stock quotes,
Weather and Movie times;

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of course you can add many more widgets
for your own interests.

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Then there's Mail, the Safari web browser,

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iChat for text and video chat,

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Address Book, iCal,

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Preview for looking at JPEG's and PDF's,

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iTunes, Photo Booth

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which lets you take fun photos and record yourself using the built-in iSight camera,

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iPhoto to store all of your digital pictures,

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iMovie, GarageBand for creating music,

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Time Machine for backing up
and finding old files

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and System Preferences.

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To the right of this line you'll find Stacks.

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A Stack is a folder of commonly used items that you can access instantly from the dock.

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Your Mac comes with three built-in Stacks

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one for applications,

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one for documents

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and one for downloads.

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When you download something
from the Internet, like a PDF

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it automatically goes into the downloads Stack.

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Click a Stack to see what's in it,

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and then just click on anything
that you want to open.

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Along the top is the menu bar,

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it changes to match any application
that you'r using.

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Click on any item
and you'll see a list of commands.

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You'll also find status menus
on the right end of the menu bar

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for things like sound,

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date and time, WiFi connection,
and your online chats status.

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Lets take a closer look at the Finder,

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its how you access everything
that you want to do on your Mac.

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You can open a Finder window
by clicking on the icon in the Dock.

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The sidebar in a Finder window
helps you navigate,

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just click on an icon to see
the files and folders inside.

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You can choose how you view Finder items:

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by icon view,

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list view,

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columns view,

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or even Cover Flow.

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To get a closer look at a file 
use Quick Look,

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just tap the space bar,

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and Quick Look will instantly show the contents of your file without even opening an application.

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In the Finder you can easily create new folders,

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rename folders,

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and keep all your folders organized
exactly how you want them.

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Use Spotlight to search for
anything on your Mac.

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Just type what you're looking for

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and Spotlight will show you all
of the matching files

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including e-mail messages, dates in iCal
and webpages that you visited,

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and it can give you the dictionary
definition of a word.

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Spotlight also does math equations
without opening a calculator.

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Help on your Mac is just a click away

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with the extensive help menus
that you'll find in every application.

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Just ask a question and find the answer fast.

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Plus, Apple support website as online discussions,

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product manuals and answers to many commonly asked questions.

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AppleCare protection plan is also available
for all new Mac computers,

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it provides expert telephone technical support
as well as global repair coverage,

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and if you prefer supporting person,

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just go to any Apple store and talk to a Genius.

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You can even schedule appointment online,

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just go to apple.com/retail,

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locate your store
and book a time that works for you.
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