Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training
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Video: Adding things up with Calculator

At one time, if you wanted to let your geek flag fly, you packed a very expensive scientific calculator. Well now, if you have a Mac, there's no need because Mountain Lion equips your Mac with a Calculator application that does more that meets the eye. Let's launch it and here's what appears to be a very simple Calculator. On it, you can do basic math, so you can click buttons, 89 * 63 = 5607. And I can then clear it.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.

Topics include:
  • Installing Mountain Lion
  • Setting up and syncing iCloud
  • Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
  • Setting rules with Parental Controls
  • Jotting down info with Notes
  • Viewing and saving PDFs, text documents, and images
  • Using Safari to browse the Internet
  • Playing and recording videos with QuickTime
  • Video conferencing with FaceTime
  • Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
  • Downloading widgets
  • Sharing files with AirDrop
Subjects:
Business Education + Elearning
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Adding things up with Calculator

At one time, if you wanted to let your geek flag fly, you packed a very expensive scientific calculator. Well now, if you have a Mac, there's no need because Mountain Lion equips your Mac with a Calculator application that does more that meets the eye. Let's launch it and here's what appears to be a very simple Calculator. On it, you can do basic math, so you can click buttons, 89 * 63 = 5607. And I can then clear it.

So, perform basic calculations here, using the mouse if you like, or your trackpad, or if you have a keyboard that has a number pad on it, you can do your calculations there. Now, if you don't have a number pad on your keyboard, there's another way to do this. Hold down the Function key, which is marked Fn, and type in numbers using the Alternate keys. In this case, J, K, and L equal 1, 2, and 3. U, I, and O equals 4, 5, and 6. And then 7, 8, 9 are -- that's 7, 8, 9.

The question mark equals plus, the semicolon is a minus, P equals multiply, and 0 equals divide. Or you can just use the number keys at the top of your keyboard. This is a perfectly fine little calculator, but let's suppose you want to get a little bit nerdier, no problem. Go to View and choose Scientific. Now, we're getting serious. Now, if you don't happen to be a card caring scientist, and not all of us are, you can go to View and choose instead Programmer.

Look at all those zeros. So, you can create all the ones and zeros you like, and before you know it, you're a professional programmer. Now, as it turns out, I'm neither one of these things, so I pretty much stick with the basic calculator. Now, one of the calculator's less well-known charms is its ability to perform conversions. So, you enter the number you want to convert and then you choose a conversion you want to perform. So let's say, 100, Convert, and we'll say Length. So, I want to convert from feet to kilometers.

So, 100 feet equals 0.03048 kilometers. As you can see, in the Convert menu, there are lots of conversions you can perform, Area, Currency, Energy or Work, Length, Power, Pressure, Speed, Temperature, Time, Volume, And Weights and Masses. One of the most helpful ones is the currency converter. So let's say, I have a 100 US Dollars and I want to find what that's going to get me in Indian Rupees.

Click on Convert and that's 3947.00012207 Rupees. And when you choose Currency, it will tell you when it was last updated. Now, if this date seems out of date to you, you can click on Update and it will choose the most recent conversions, and these are all coming through Yahoo!. So, if you find yourself in a country not your own and you want to find out what your money buys you, and you have a laptop with you, try using the Convert feature.

If you're connected to the internet, you should be able to get the current rate. Calculator has a couple of other tricks. The first is that it can speak button presses to you, which helps you when you're not looking at the screen. So go to Speech and then Speak Button Pressed. "Speech enabled. Clear, 78 - 21 =" but it doesn't tell you what it actually equals. So, what do you have to do instead, is actually look at your computer and say, "Oh, it equals 57." So, it tells you the calculation, but it won't tell you the result unless you turn on Speak Result from the Speech menu.

Let's try that again, "Clear, 26 + 31 = 57." Now, let's turn off Speech because I don't really need Alex telling me everything I'm doing with the Calculator. The other thing you can do is Show Paper Tape. So, if you're performing a lot of calculations, this is a good way to keep track to double check your work. And if you don't want the rest of the world knowing what you've been calculating, you can click on Clear to get rid of those results.

Also, anything that appears in the paper tape can be copied and pasted into another application. And that's Calculator, another small, yet valuable tool bundled with Mountain Lion.

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