Mac OS 9: The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2000
Pages: 471

The popular system software for the resurgent Macintosh platform is Mac OS 9, which includes over 50 new features. Among them are a searching program that finds not just files, but even web pages and words inside files; a multiple-users feature that stores a separate desktop for each user; and one-click file encryption. Despite its long list of enhancements, however, Apple ships Mac OS 9 without one of the most important features of all: a manual.Pogue Press/O'Reilly comes to the rescue with Mac OS 9: The Missing Manual. Award-winning author David Pogue brings his humor and expertise to Mac OS 9 for the first time in this lucid, impeccably written guide. The book includes:

  • Getting started. The book's early chapters cover using menus, finding lost files, reducing window clutter, and interior-decorating the screen.
  • Figuring out what's what. A complete guide, Mac OS 9:The Missing Manual explains the purpose of every single software crumb in the System Folder, the A menu, and even the Apple Extras folder.
  • Mastering networks. Learn how to connect Macs together--and even dial in to your home Mac from the road.
  • Surviving the hordes. The new Multiple Users feature protects the Mac from mischievous (or clueless) kids or coworkers.
  • Flying the Net. If Apple calls Mac OS 9 "your Internet copilot," then this book is the flight manual. It covers Sherlock 2, which searches the Internet; Mac OS 9's self- updating software feature; and Personal Web Sharing.
Consultants and home-office workers will enjoy the book's step-by-step guides to setting up small networks. Teachers and administrators will get great mileage from the tutorials on using Mac OS 9's new Multiple Users control panel. And almost everyone will benefit from the book's coverage of Mac OS 9's speech-recognition, color printing, digital video, and self-updating software features.Along the way, Pogue communicates the joy of using the little shortcuts, drag-and-drop surprises, and elegant design touches that make the Mac the most passionately championed computer in the world.Above all, Mac OS 9:The Missing Manual offers warm, witty, jargon-free writing, with enough patience for the novice and enough depth for the power user. The book bursts with the shortcuts, surprises, and design touches that make the Mac the most passionately championed computer in the world.
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This is THE Book to get! It hits home even for a Power user like me. I found a few tidbits I never even thought of, which I now will add to my long term memory. I will recommend this book to all my Mac OS 9 using friends, plus I will recommend it to any "newbie" starting to use Macintosh. Excellent Book!

 
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I consider myself a Mac power user, having worked with Macs for ten years, and taking the time to look under the hood. Over the years, I never bought a single book describing the Mac System or OS - I always found that (in the old days) the doc was sufficient, or that I could learn enoughfrom magazines and on the net.

I bought this book more out of curiosity, and am extremely glad that I did. While I half-expected it to be a really basic presentation of the Mac OS 9, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is it an excellent book for newcomers, but David Pogue presents all the tricks and shortcuts that youwould be hard pressed to find in the help files. I learned so many useful things from this book, that I don't even regret the fact that the OS 9 doesn't come with a manual - David Pogue wrote a far better book than any manual Apple could write.

 
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Once you read Pogue, you're hooked. Not only does this man know all there's to know about the Mac and its OSes, he is an OS himself--operating the snappiest,wittiest, funniest English I know. I run OS 8 on my office Mac and lowly 7 at home, but MM OS 9 is the book of 2000 for me. Don't miss it--even if you're a Wintel user.

 
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This is the book that makes you glad you splashed out on Mac OS9. If you find you're just using the basics of the Mac OS let David Pogue take you on his magical mystery tour. It's like discovering the joys of the Mac all over again. Better by miles than other manuals. Believe me - I've tried them!

 
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I've always been intrigued by how little time Mac users spend dealing with "fixing" thier machines, cursing them, and rebooting them several times a day. So, after being a PC user beginning with Dos 1.0, I switched to a Mac. I hated my first iMac because it lacked documentation, manuals, or decent help. And, being a long standing Windows user, I did not find it as intuitive as it was hyped to be. Guess what, I got frustrated and sold it on the big e*bay auction site. Months passed,Y2K came and went.A few days back I saw this book in my local Borders...and it all came together! THIS was what was truly missing! I had hated most Mac OS books on the marketbecause I found them insultingly oversimplified. I can only speak as a Windows convert: This is not a "dummies" book but a very decent, detailed book thatdescribes all the "power tricks" that I knew for the enemy platform! I liked this book

so much that I bought it, read it cover to cover, and decided to buy my second iMac. If you've never used a computer before, then this is not for you. But if you arelooking for a book that is perhaps the most detailed, information-dense, wellindexed, and handy reference to MacOS 9, this is it. Apple should probably bundle this book with the Mac! Highly, heartily, and strongly recommended, especially forthose who have fallen from the Windows empire for the temptation of an iMac.

 
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I have been using the Mac for more than ten

years, but this book gave me more insight into the system than any other.

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