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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.
As you're probably aware by now, Lion is friendly to wireless devices, particularly those that can do gestures. For example, a Magic Trackpad or Apple's Magic Mouse and the way you set these things up is through Bluetooth, so let's set them up now. I'll go to Apple menu > System Preferences. We are going to do the easy way to begin with. I'll select Trackpad. it will now look for my Trackpad. These things connect through something called Pairing Mode. Now Bluetooth devices do this differently. On some you have to push a button.
Some you've to press and hold the button to make this work. On this Magic Trackpad I'm using right now. It's off, so I've to turn it on, and I hold the Power button until it blinks and that indicates that it's in pairing mode. It's found it. All I have to do now is click Continue. Little indication on the screen shows me that it's connected and I go to the Trackpad system preference. Now I also have a Magic Mouse here. I could also do this the easy way by clicking on the mouse, but instead I'm going to do it through the Bluetooth system preference.
So I click on that system preference, I click Plus and now it will go out and search for devices in the area that are on in pairing mode. We see that the mouse is one. You may see other things on here as well. Other computers, maybe somebody has a mobile phone nearby that has Bluetooth switched on. We found our Magic Mouse, which is exactly what we're looking for, so I click on Continue, and now it's attempting to pair with the Magic Mouse. It's established the connection, and we should see that little overlay of the mouse, showing you that it's connected.
And now, here's my mouse. I'm actually moving that mouse and it shows that it's working. If I needed to set up another device, all I do is click Setup other device, so we move back to that Bluetooth screen and we'd start adding other devices. At this point, congratulations! You're at Apple. I'm very happy. I click on Quit. Now when you return to the Bluetooth system preference, you see all the devices that you've paired with your Mac. You can also remove these things if you no longer want to have them there. All you can do is select the device that you want to remove and click this minus button.
Now why would you want to do that? Well, suppose you have a couple of different computers in the same room. I've got a Magic Trackpad I want use that with my MacBook Pro, great! And now I want to use it with my iMac, so how do I do it? Well, I unpair it from my MacBook Pro and then I pair it to my iMac. That way I'm sure that I'm controlling the computer that I want work with. And that's how you set up Bluetooth devices with your Mac.
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