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.
The important stuff you need to know:
Transfer your stuff. Moving files from a PC to a Mac by cable, network, or disk is the easy part. But how do you extract your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files? Now you’ll know.
Recreate your software suite. Many of the PC programs you’ve been using are Windows-only. Discover the Mac equivalents and learn how to move data to them.
Learn Yosemite. Apple’s latest operating system is faster, smarter, and more in tune with iPads and iPhones. If Yosemite has it, this book covers it.
Get the expert view. Learn from Missing Manuals creator David Pogue—author of OS X Yosemite: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling Mac book on earth.
Welcome to Macintosh
Chapter 1 How the Mac Is Different
Power On, Dude
Right-Clicking and Shortcut Menus
Logging Out, Shutting Down
The Menu Bar
Finder = Windows Explorer
Dock = Taskbar
Menulets = Tray
Where Your Stuff Is
Chapter 2 Folders, Dock & Windows
Getting into OS X
The Four Window Views
Cover Flow View
The Preview Pane
Setting Up the Dock
Using the Dock
The Finder Toolbar
Getting Help in OS X
Chapter 3 Files, Icons & Spotlight
Moving and Copying Icons
Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Once
Shortcut Menus, Action Menus
Chapter 4 Documents, Programs & Mission Control
The Mac App Store
Other Ways to Get Mac Software
Cocoa and Carbon
Opening OS X Programs
Windows That Auto-Reopen
The Application Menu
The “Heads-Up” Program Switcher
Full Screen Mode
Mission Control: Death to Window Clutter
Hiding Programs the Old-Fashioned Way
How Documents Know Their Parents
The Save and Open Dialog Boxes
Auto Save and Versions
Chapter 5 Data: Typing, Dictating, Sharing & Backing Up
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.