Switching from Windows to Mac (2008)
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The Extras menu


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Switching from Windows to Mac (2008)

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Video: The Extras menu

In this lesson we are going to dive a little bit deeper into something we touched on at the beginning of this chapter as we toured the desktop; I call it the Menulets, the proper term is Menu Extras. Now if you are an Ex-Windows user, you are probably used to looking the bottom right hand corner of your screen to see the current time for example or maybe to see other status icons including your speaker volume for example. Well we don't have a tray down in the bottom right hand corner here on the Mac but we do have our Menu Extras up here on the right hand side in the top of our Menu bar.
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  1. 20m 38s
    1. Welcome
      2m 42s
    2. Demystifying the Mac
      7m 35s
    3. Adjusting to new terminology
      10m 21s
  2. 17m 9s
    1. Gains and losses
      6m 40s
    2. Keyboard basics
      6m 57s
    3. Mouse basics
      3m 32s
  3. 56m 0s
    1. The desktop
      8m 15s
    2. The omnipresent Apple menu
      7m 31s
    3. The Dock
      14m 15s
    4. The Dashboard
      7m 1s
    5. The Extras menu
      4m 13s
    6. Windows and window controls
      8m 9s
    7. Working with disks
      6m 36s
  4. 54m 18s
    1. Window views
      11m 29s
    2. Using Quick Look
      9m 1s
    3. The Finder toolbar
      6m 9s
    4. Working with icons
      4m 41s
    5. Using color labels
      6m 32s
    6. Using the Trash
      5m 20s
    7. Using Get Info
      11m 6s
  5. 16m 43s
    1. Working with the Spotlight menu
      5m 30s
    2. Using the Spotlight window
      6m 1s
    3. Customizing Spotlight
      5m 12s
  6. 34m 24s
    1. Opening and manipulating applications
      7m 24s
    2. Using Exposé
      4m 46s
    3. Using Spaces
      11m 8s
    4. The Save and Open dialogs
      6m 41s
    5. Creating web clip widgets
      4m 25s
  7. 59m 7s
    1. Installing applications
      9m 5s
    2. .sit vs. .zip files
      5m 53s
    3. Third-party options for transferring files from a PC
      6m 30s
    4. Using drives to transfer files from a PC
      7m 44s
    5. Online methods for transferring files from a PC
      11m 27s
    6. Transferring mail and address books
      8m 49s
    7. Setting up individual accounts
      9m 39s
  8. 51m 11s
    1. Printers and printouts
      7m 29s
    2. Faxing on the Mac
      8m 33s
    3. Digital cameras and video cameras
      10m 35s
    4. Burning CDs and DVDs
      9m 21s
    5. Other peripherals
      7m 38s
    6. Using Time Machine
      7m 35s
  9. 32m 49s
    1. Using Mail
      6m 6s
    2. RSS feeds
      4m 25s
    3. Safari basics
      6m 48s
    4. iChat basics
      6m 46s
    5. iDisk basics
      8m 44s
  10. 32m 37s
    1. Customizing appearance settings
      11m 14s
    2. Adjusting the date and time
      5m 37s
    3. Sound options
      4m 46s
    4. Energy-saving preferences
      6m 49s
    5. Spotlight preferences
      4m 11s
  11. 12m 7s
    1. Configuring Boot Camp
      5m 48s
    2. Using Boot Camp
      4m 12s
    3. Other options
      2m 7s
  12. 1h 35m
    1. iCal
      11m 6s
    2. Photo Booth
      8m 31s
    3. TextEdit
      8m 58s
    4. Preview
      8m 29s
    5. Dictionary
      6m 17s
    6. Stickies
      7m 26s
    7. iTunes
      12m 3s
    8. iPhoto
      13m 19s
    9. iMovie
      12m 49s
    10. iDVD
      6m 46s
  13. 28s
    1. Goodbye
      28s

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Windows users who are contemplating a change to the Mac might have a number of questions. What exactly will be gained and lost in the transition? What is involved in the actual transfer of an entire digital life? How can familiar workflows be recreated in the new environment? Instructor David Rivers answers all these questions, and many more, in Switching from Windows to the Mac. Unlike other basic Mac instruction, this course focuses on the similarities and differences between the two operating systems. David takes care to highlight the terminology and interface differences that can initially be mystifying for Windows users. He explores not only the software--Mac OS X Leopard and its bundled applications--but also important hardware subjects, like keyboard and mouse differences, and how to work with cameras and other peripherals. David also discusses how to run Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp or virtualization. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using the desktop, Apple menu, Dock, and Dashboard
  • Navigating with the Finder
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Staying organized with Exposé and Spaces
  • Getting online with Mail, Safari, iChat, and more
  • Customizing system preferences
  • Moving Day: installing applications and transferring files, email, and contacts
  • Exploring ten fun programs included with the Mac
Subject:
Business
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
David Rivers

The Extras menu

In this lesson we are going to dive a little bit deeper into something we touched on at the beginning of this chapter as we toured the desktop; I call it the Menulets, the proper term is Menu Extras. Now if you are an Ex-Windows user, you are probably used to looking the bottom right hand corner of your screen to see the current time for example or maybe to see other status icons including your speaker volume for example. Well we don't have a tray down in the bottom right hand corner here on the Mac but we do have our Menu Extras up here on the right hand side in the top of our Menu bar.

So here you can see I do have icon for my Speaker Volume as well as the current time showing up. We have got this little American flag telling me I have got an American set of keyboard characters set and I have got my Spotlight icon up here as well. So how did they get there, how do we adjust those, how do we add and remove some of those Menu Extras we see in the top right hand corner? That's what we are going to do right now. We are going to start with this guy right here the Speaker Volume, when I click on it; yes I can adjust my speaker volume but how did they get there? Well, anything that appears as a Menu Extra on the Menu bar up here has to be turned on through the System Preferences using a check box.

So if we were to go the Apple menu for example and come down to System Preferences and we will be spending a great deal of time in the System Preferences later on in this chapter but right now I just want to show you a couple of options. For example in the Systems section we have got Date & Time, if I click on that icon I see a check mark here; we are in the Clock section Show date and time in menu bar is turned on I know by that check mark in the check box. Its also being viewed as a Digital clock showing AM and PM as well, I look over here and sure enough there is my digital clock and it does say PM after.

If I didn't want the time showing up there, I just deselect it by deselecting the checkbox it's gone, its no longer up there. I do like that one though, so I'm going to bring it back, I'm going to turn it back on and I'm also going to adjust some of these settings maybe Analog would be cool. When I choose the Analog radio button, it's not cool at all it's actually very hard to tell what time it is. So I'm going to go back to Digital and maybe it would be nice to Show the day of the week as well, just to remind me that hey today is Friday. I can also have the time separators that little colon between the hour and minutes flashing if I wanted to, I don't need that and I can also use a 24-hour clock if I prefer but I don't need that either.

Now if I prefer to have the time announced to me, to hear a verbal reminder of the time I can choose Announce the time and then I can choose whether it be every hour, on the half hour, on the quarter hour, I can even customize the voice. I don't need that I can see the time but not everybody can; so this is a great accessibility feature if you need to hear the time you can just turn it on here from the Announce the time check box. Alright, I'm going to go back by clicking the back button here and notice in System Preferences it's almost like a web browser, we have a back button to go back to the previous screen which was all of our System Preferences here and maybe I wanted to look at that Volume icon.

Well, in this case I go down to Hardware and over to Sound and click on that and if you look down at the button here, under Output you will see there is a check mark in the check box labeled Show volume in menu bar. So, I can turn that off and now my icon is gone, no more Menu Extra up there for the Volume. But if you do like that there, turn it back on; you can adjust your output volume right from here if you wanted to as well but its nice to be able to access it right from the Menu bar.

So I'm going to go back and actually that's all I need for now just so you know that there are number of other options -- when we go through our System Preferences later on you will see check boxes that will allow you to view those items up here as a Menu Extra on your Menu bar. I'm going to go up to System Preferences right up here on the Menu bar and choose Quit System Preferences; Command Q is your keyboard shortcut. So that's how they got there, they are called Menu Extras or Menulets, if you hear people calling them Menulets that's the popular term for those extras that appear on your Menu bar in the top right hand corner of your user interface.

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Q: This course was updated on 5/02/2012. Can you tell me what changed?
A: This course has been updated for Mac OS X Lion. We've also added new movies on getting your Mac online, working with the system preferences, connecting to devices such as printers and cameras, and David's favorite free "apps" or applications for the Mac.
 
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