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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
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Adjusting Input Device preferences


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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Adjusting Input Device preferences

Although it's possible with the help of third-party software to control your Mac with your voice, most of us still rely on a physical device to command our Macs and that would be a keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. We'd look at configuring those system preferences now. We are going to start with keyboard. Now Apple has packed a lot of functionality into this single system preference. At the very top you have Key Repeat. This slider indicates how quickly a key will repeat when you press and hold on it.
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
6h 4m Beginner Sep 13, 2011

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X 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, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.

Topics include:
  • Migrating to Lion
  • Launching and working with applications
  • Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
  • Using Text-to-Speech
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Configuring wireless Bluetooth input devices
  • Staying current with Software Update
  • Understanding the Dashboard widgets
  • Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules in Mail
  • Playing and recording media with QuickTime
  • Video chatting with FaceTime
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
  • Screen sharing with a remote computer
  • Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
  • Troubleshooting techniques
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Adjusting Input Device preferences

Although it's possible with the help of third-party software to control your Mac with your voice, most of us still rely on a physical device to command our Macs and that would be a keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. We'd look at configuring those system preferences now. We are going to start with keyboard. Now Apple has packed a lot of functionality into this single system preference. At the very top you have Key Repeat. This slider indicates how quickly a key will repeat when you press and hold on it.

So if you press and hold on the X key, how quickly you get multiple access. If you have kind of slow fingers, the idea is you want to move this slider down to Slow and then it won't repeat nearly so quickly. Delay Until Repeat. Similar idea, how long is the delay until the keys starts repeating. Now there's the option for using the F keys. Let's take a look at what F keys are. F keys are this row here at the very top of the keyboard, starting with F1 and on this keyboard going to F12.

As we see they have little icons on it. First couple are for brightness and after that you've got an Expose button, and then you have play controls for iTunes, and then you have volume controls here along the top. Now by default when you press one of these F keys, that special function will initiate. So if I were to press F1, that will control the brightness on this particular keyboard. So let's go back to System Preferences. So if I were instead to enable this option, in order for me to invoke those special features, I would have to hold down the Fn key or the Function key to make that happen.

Otherwise, they act exactly like F keys. So let's say that in a program I've assigned a certain command to an F key. So if I press F6 for example, my documents print. Turn this on, press F6, I've got my documents printing. Instead, if I want F6 to do the special feature assigned to it, I would have a hold down the Fn key. I'm going to turn that off for now. Next option is Showing Keyboard & Character Viewers in the menu bar. I turn that on and I have a new menu up here in my menu bar.

This, if I were to choose them out, would show me the Character Viewer and the Keyboard Viewer. I am going to show these to you in another movie. So we are not going to look at them right now. Just know that that's the way to expose this menu. So I am going to remove that. Finally, there is a really important feature buried in the Ssystem preference, and that's modifier keys. Click on this, I don't know about you, but every so often I'll hit the Caps Lock key by mistake. I'll start typing and everything is in all caps and I am going, what is going on? And then I look down at my keyboard and I see that little green light indicating that Caps Lock is on.

There's a way to disable that and this is the way. Caps Lock > No Action. Now from now on, you can bang on that Caps Lock key until doomsday and it won't do anything. So this is one of the things I do when I first set up my Mac, is to disable the Caps Lock key. The real purpose of this other than that is it allows you to assign other functions to these keys. So the Control key can now be the Command key or the Option key, or again, you can disable it altogether. Not a good thing to do with the Control key or the Option key or the Command key, but certainly with Caps Lock > No Action.

Now let's go to Keyboard Shortcuts. The Mac has a lot of keyboard shortcuts and this is where you can view them as well as edit them. So to edit them, you just click to the right side of a shortcut. That highlights and then you can change what that shortcut is. So currently it's assigned F11. I could change that to F6, if I cared to, by just tapping F6 on my keyboard. I am not going to do that right now. What I really want to focus on is Services.

Now Services are functions that are available within all or specific applications, and I can illustrate that by going to TextEdit. So here we have a line of text in TextEdit. I'll go to the TextEdit menu and I choose Services. You see there a couple functions built in that don't really have anything to do with TextEdit. However, if I highlight this text, go to TextEdit, and then choose Services, you see that they're more options. So I can make a sticky note of this text for example, or I could have new email based on the selection or new note with this selection.

So Services allows you to have this kind of power. So one reason that Services appears here is because you can assign keyboard shortcuts to Services, just as you could for other things. So for example, Send File To Bluetooth Device by default is set up as Shift+Command+B. But you can also add keyboard shortcuts and I find this extremely helpful. Let's move to Pages so that I can show you how that works. So let's go to the Edit menu. Let's say I routinely track changes in my documents, and I'm tired of having to go down into the menu to invoke this command.

I can assign this within the Keyboard Shortcuts area, and I'll do that now. So I'll go to Application Shortcuts and click on plus. I choose the application that I wanted to assign that keyboard shortcut for. I don't see Pages here, so I am going to have to add it. Then all I have to do is type in the name of the shortcut, and that's Track Changes.

And now I'll assign a keyboard shortcut. I will make the Command+Option+T and click Add. Let's go over to Pages and see if it's there. And here it is. So now I have a new keyboard shortcut in Pages that I can invoke whenever I want track changes. Now also within the system preference that you can set a Bluetooth keyboard. We are going to do that in another movie. So just know that. that option is in here. Now let's take a look at Mouse.

This is a little bit similar to the Keyboard system preferences. You can change your tracking speed here, how much ground the mouse covers when you move it around, your double- click speed, your scrolling speed. Also, if you're a lefty you can decide which is going to be left-click and which is going to be a right-click or primary or secondary click. For right-handed people the primary mouse button is the left, but if you use a mouse with your left hand, you can change that so that it's on the right. At the bottom is a very useful feature and that's Zoom using scroll wheel when holding Control.

So I've enabled that. I'm holding down the Control key and now I am using the scroll wheel to zoom in and out. Now for some people with aging eyes or not the greatest eyesight, this is very helpful because you can zoom in on small text and even if you have really good eyesight, sometimes you'll visit a webpage or you'll be somewhere else in an application that has really tiny text. This is an easy way to zoom in on that text. And this also works with a trackpad. If you want to zoom in, hold down the Control key and with two fingers swipe up, and then to zoom out again, Control key down swipe with two fingers down.

There's one the other input device that you can configure and that's Trackpad. We've been through all this already when we were looking at gestures, so we've taken a tour. Point & Click option, Scroll & Zoom, More Gestures, and again, at the bottom you have the option to set up a Bluetooth trackpad. We are going to talk about setting up Bluetooth devices in another movie. There you have it, configuring your input devices.

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