OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 878

With Yosemite, Apple has unleashed the most innovative version of OS X yet—and once again, David Pogue brings his expertise and humor to the #1 bestselling Mac book. Mac OS X 10.10 includes more innovations from the iPad and adds a variety of new features throughout the operating system. This updated edition covers it all with something new on practically every page.

  • Get the scoop on Yosemite’s big-ticket changes
  • Learn enhancements to existing applications, such as Safari and Mail
  • Take advantage of shortcuts and undocumented tricks
  • Use power user tips for networking, file sharing, and building your own services
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4.7

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5.0

Every bit as useful as other "Missing Manuals" I've bought

By Miriam the Bookworm

from Minneapolis, MN

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  • Detailed Complete Index
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Instructions

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    • Intermediate
    • Learn About New Features
    • Soothe Beginner's Panic

    Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

    I'm an elderly technological dinosaur, so as with the earlier "Missing Manuals" that I have bought, I will probably never use 95% of the information in the book--but the 5% that I do need is worth every penny of the price! Clear explanations of how to use the features, easy-to-follow instructions, and fun just to browse to find things that I never knew about become part of my everyday computer usage.

     
    5.0

    I would buy this book again.

    By Harry the Detailer

    from Verona, NJ

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      Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

      If anything, it contains more detail than i will ever need. But it is excellent.

       
      5.0

      These are the only books I will buy from now on.

      By Rick

      from Grass Valley, CA

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        Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

        Very Well organized and easy to find information quickly. Much better than Apples on line help. I also love the humor. Great job. Can't wait for the El Capitan version .

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Windows pro needing Mac chops? Here's your book.

        By Struggling older IT worker

        from Albany NY

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          Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

          You get the graduate degrees, you put in decades in Windows software development, the great recession hits, you're replaced with kids on H1-Bs and you're out of work for a year ... you're getting to the point where you'll take anything even remotely associated with your old field and not stocking shelves. A crap IT job at a community college or non-profit opens up where you'd be responsible for everything and paid next to nothing, but hey, at least there's health care. The job requirements list every imaginable technology and you're sure you know or can learn whatever's required but there's one twist -- you can see that the head muckety-muck of the organization is different than all the worker bees running Windows on old Dells and uses the latest Mac -- you're going to need the chops to support her/him from the moment you walk in that door.

          This book, a weekend, and access to a Mac will give you that expertise (or at least let you play the part well enough) to show that you're the jack of all trades they'll deign to hire.

           
          3.0

          Really haven't looked at it in detail

          By Amos

          from Berkeley, CA

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            Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

            Finding how to do things.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Much good information

            By RogB

            from Australia

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              Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

              O'Reilly has recently released the latest version of its Missing Manual series on the Mac OSX – the Yosemite edition. Our contact at O'Reilly has kindly provided an e-copy for review.

              I had begged for a real book but alas, O'Reilly has changed its policy and now it's electronic copies only for review. While the cost reasons for this are totally understandable, I really prefer a real book; something you can take away from the computer to your favourite chair for a good read. I have had difficulty in applying myself as quickly as usual to this review simply because I don't have the time in front of the screen available to read a 900 plus page book! (I tried it on the iPhone but the effort on the small screen was too much.)

              But to get on. Mac OSX Yosemite Edition is part of the O'Reilly Missing Manual series – 'The book that should have been in the box.' (For the kiddies who weren't around in the early days, that means in the box the software came in!). It is written by David Pogue, the Mac master.

              The book's layout follows the well-established format of previous OSX versions of having six parts as follows (with only a fraction of the content able to be listed here):

              Table of Contents - good detail down to main paragraph level titles.
              Part Introduction - introduces the book and outlines changes in the OSX. Highlights the convergence between OSX and iOS for iPhones and iPads.
              One – Desktop - folders, windows, organising, spotlight, dock, desktop sidebar, appearance and toolbars.
              Part Two - Programs - programs, documents, Mission Control, Exposé, Time Machine, Widgets, entering and moving data, iCloud, Services, Dictation, phone calls, text messages, Automator, AppleScript and MS Windows.
              Part Three - Components - system preferences, free programs (including the "i" series, Mail and Safari), mouse, Bluetooth, wireless, internet, notifications, books, utilities, CDs and DVDs.
              Part Four - Technologies - accounts, parental controls, security, networking, hot spots, file and screen sharing, printing, faxing, fonts, graphics, sound, movies, speech, handwriting, Unix Terminal and hacking OSX.
              Part Five - Online - Internet setup, iCloud, firewall, Mail and Address Book, Safari, iChat, Air Drop, sharing, photo stream and technical connections.
              Part Six - Appendices - installing OSX, troubleshooting, emergency disk, Windows-to-Mac, web resources and secret keystroke list.
              Index - 24 pages.

              I have been disappointed not to be able to curl up and read the book from cover to cover but have been dipping into it daily over the past few weeks. There is just so much good information there. Every page I open has something to catch my attention, often something new to learn or wonder at.

              Most people can fairly quickly get their Macs to work for them. They can browse the internet, send and receive email and do some word processing (perhaps with a few hiccups!). Thanks to the intuitive interface, following your nose can generally get you somewhere. BUT there is so much else to know that can make things easier, so much more to get out of your Mac, so much more to smile at!

              This manual offers a good level of easily readable detail in the main text of the book aimed at users of advanced beginner to intermediate level and two types of sidebars are used to give extra information to real beginners and advanced users. The interesting thing, of course, is that a user might start out reading the book as a beginner but could easily progress to a higher standard as more of the book is read. Overall the subjects are logically ordered and well explained. The diagrams and screen shots are informative and are handy in following the book in front of your Mac.

              I commend this manual to all Mac users.

               
              5.0

              Excellent as usual!

              By Starving Student

              from San Carlos, CA

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                Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

                This is the 3rd Missing Manual book I have purchased, and I am always amazed at the easy way the author presents detailed and accurate information about such a complicated subject. I use the books to learn about each new OS X release, and how to make the most of it. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is upgrading their OS on the Mac.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very thorough

                By poppaamick

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                  Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

                  If you want to know anything, OR everything about OS X Yosemite, buy this book...enough said....

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great as always

                  By Jim the Runner

                  from Seattle

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                      Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

                      So far, I have been able to look up even fairly arcane user questions and easily find enlightenment and a full discussion.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The ultimate book for Mac OS X User

                      By Dennis Apple User Group Connsultant

                      from Cupertino

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                        Comments about oreilly OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual:

                        Very through and easy to understand reading
                        Can be read to learn the subject or to find answers
                        Tips feature boxes provide information even long time users are unaware of.

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