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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.
As with Lion before it, you can configure Mail, Contacts & Calendars in a single system preference. Let's see how that works. So go to the Apple menu. I'll choose System Preferences, click on Mail, Contacts & Calendars, and you see that I have nothing setup. So, let's go ahead and setup an iCloud account. And if you have an old MobileMe account, you can use iCloud.com, me.com, or mac.com. Add my password, and click on Sign In. Now I'll be asked a couple of questions. One, do I want to merge the bookmarks that I have on my computer with iCloud? Indeed I do, click on Merge.
And now those bookmarks are going to be available to anything that uses my iCloud account. And also, do I want to enable location for this Mac so that I can use the Find My Mac feature, I do want to do that as well. So I'll click on okay. And there's my iCloud account. We've already setup iCloud in another movie, so you know what these options mean. Now let's add a Gmail account. I'll click on plus and then click on Gmail. There's my name, I just enter my Gmail address and my password and then click on Set Up.
I'm then asked what I'd like to sync with Gmail. Well obviously I want my mail from Gmail in the Mail application. I've also setup a calendar in Gmail so I'd like that to sync, as well as reminders. And when I do that, this information shows in the Calendar and Reminders applications on my Mac. I use Google Talk, which is an instant messaging service. And because I do, I want those messages to appear in the Messages application, which we'll look at in another movie. And then you can also use Notes with Gmail. So, all these look good to me, you can disable those that you don't want. Now I'll click on and Add Account.
And after a few seconds, all my options are enabled. Now you notice that the name of my account is Google and that's fine if I only have one Gmail account. But a lot of people have more than one. So it helps to identify it by clicking on Details and then changing the name in the description field. So in this case Lynda Gmail, and then I'll click on OK. So all that's set up but is it really working? Let's find out. So I'll quit System Preferences. I'll now go to Mail, and I look at my mail.
And here's iCloud, so that's set up. And here is my Lynda Gmail and that's set up as well. So it is working with Mail. I'll quit Mail. And now let's take a look at the Calendar application. And here is my lynda.com account. Here's my iCloud account, and then here the calendars that I set up within Gmail. Now suppose you don't want to see all the calendars that you set up in Gmail. Simple enough, we'll go to Calendar, go to Preferences, click on Accounts, I'll select my Gmail account, and then go to Delegation.
It shows me any calendars that I can access. So I can show my Home style calendar and I can show my Work schedule calendar. So those appeared not only under my Gmail account, but also under my delegates. And I'll turn those back off. And we'll quit Calendar, and I'll go back to System Preferences, and Mail, Contacts & Calendars. Now you notice that there are a varieties of accounts that you can add. You can add and Exchange account, you can add a Twitter account, Facebook, Yahoo!, AOL, Vimeo, Flickr. And then suppose that you have an IMAP or a POP account that you don't see in this list, then you choose Add Other Account.
You choose the kind of account that you want to add. So in this case it would be a mail account, and then I click on Create. I can then enter the information I need for that account. Now OS X maintains a list of ISPs that it understands. So for example, when we setup that Gmail account, it knows all about Gmail's IMAP and SMTP settings. These are server settings for your ISP. It works the same way with Yahoo! and a lot of other common email services. So it's a good idea to just try your email address along with your password, and there's a good chance that it will be set up automatically.
If it's not, you'll be walked through a series of fields where you'll be asked to enter things like the IMAP server, or the POP server address, or the SMPT address. And this is all information that you can get from your ISP. I'm not going to walk through all that now. Instead I'll just click on Cancel. Just so you know, this is how you do it. There are more esoteric settings for things like CalDAV and CardDAV and Eldav accounts, some of which we'll get into in some other movies. In the meantime, you've learned how to set up your email account, which is likely one of your first concerns.
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