Apple was the only computer company whose sales actually increased during the recession. The Mac’s market share has quadrupled since 2005, it’s now around 20 percent of computer sales in the U.S. And then there’s the most significant statistic of all: you, sitting there getting ready to buy this book because, obviously, you intend to switch to (or add on) a Mac.
Welcome to Macintosh, covers the essentials of the Macintosh. It’s a crash course in everything you see onscreen when you turn on the machine: the Dock, Sidebar, icons, windows, menus, scroll bars, Trash, aliases, Apple menu, and so on.
Making the Move, is dedicated to the actual process of hauling your software, settings, and even peripherals (like printers and monitors) across the chasm from the PC to the Mac. It covers both the easy parts (copying over your documents, pictures, and music files) and the harder ones (transferring your email, address books, buddy lists, and so on). It also covers the steps for running Windows on your Mac, which is an extremely attractive option.
Yosemite Online, walks you through the process of setting up an Internet connection on your Mac. It also covers Apple’s Internet software suite: Mail, Contacts, Safari, and Messages
Putting Down Roots, deals with more advanced topics and aims to turn you into a Macintosh power user. It teaches you how to use Yosemite’s new Continuity features, set up private accounts for people who share a Mac, create a network for file sharing and screen sharing, navigate the System Preferences program (the Mac equivalent of the Windows Control Panel), use the Notification Center, operate the 50 or so freebie bonus programs that come with OS X.
Appendixes. At the end of the book, you’ll find four appendixes. The first two cover installation and troubleshooting. The third is the 'Where’d It Go?' Dictionary, an essential reference for anyone who occasionally (or frequently) flounders to find some familiar control in the new, alien Macintosh environment.
What makes Windows refugees decide to get a Mac? Enthusiastic friends? The Apple Stores? Great-looking laptops? A "halo effect" from the popularity of iPhones and iPads? The absence of viruses and spyware? The freedom to run Windows on a Mac? In any case, there’s never been a better time to switch to OS X—and there’s never been a better, more authoritative book to help you do it.
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David Pogue is the anchor columnist for Yahoo Tech, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the tech columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA,” and two-time Emmy-winning correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning.” With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.