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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.
Your Mac has a lot of helpful applications, also known as programs installed on it. In this movie we will look at the various ways you have of launching and working with those applications. Now one way to launch an application is to simply find it in the dock and click on its icon. So we have launched Safari that way. Now quit Safari. Now I will go to the Spotlight menu which is this magnifying glass up in the right corner. Start typing its name, and there is Safari. To launch it, I press the Return key.
Once again there is Safari. I will use a keyboard shortcut to quit it, which is Command+Q. Now, we will go to the Go menu > Applications. I'll start typing Safari's name here, safe, and there is Safari. Double-click on it, and I launch the application. And we will quit that. Now these are the fairly typical ways of launching applications. There is another one called Launch Pad, which we are going to look at in another movie. Let's talk about some of the behavior of these applications. Let's launch Safari again. In an earlier movie I showed you that when you click on the red button that closes a window, but doesn't quit the application necessarily.
So I'll close the window. You can see that Safari is still active because the Safari name still appears in the menu bar. I will click on the desktop. That goes away. Well, how do I know that Safari is still running? I have to go down to the dock and I notice that there's a little blue button underneath Safari. This indicates that that application is still live. I see the same kind of thing under the Finder indicating that the Finder is live. So I click on Safari. I closed the window before, but Safari knows I want to surf the web, so it creates a new window.
Now the thing about this red close button is it's not necessarily consistent. So let's quit Safari. I will go back to Spotlight to launch another application and this will be TextEdit. Launch it. I have a TextEdit file that happens to be open. I will click on that to close it. I will be prompted to save. That's fine. I've saved and TextEdit is active. Now watch what happens when I click on the desktop, and the way you will be able to tell is watch this TextEdit icon right here in the dock. TextEdit quits.
This doesn't happen for all applications. It happens for some of them. So it's a matter of you using the application and finding out what kind of behavior it has. Let's launch it again. So I have one file here. I'll save it and I'll make a second file. The shortcut for that is Command+N. I'll save that and the shortcut for that is Command+S. Press Return to save. Now I will close one of these windows.
Return to the desktop and when I click on the desktop, TextEdit is still open and the reason it's still open is because there is a file that's still open there. If however I close this by clicking on that window, making TextEdit live, I close that window, now I click on the desktop, and TextEdit quits. Let's launch Safari again and we will launch Address Book. Now, suppose you want to move between applications. The One way you can do that is again from the dock, but you can also press Command+Tab.
This nice overlay appears and then you can select the application you want. So I have moved to Address Book. Command+Tab, back to Safari, Command+Tab, and to the Finder. I have got a Safari window on the background. Now what if I want to get rid of it? Finder > Hide Others and now I just see the Finder. I'd like to clean things up a little bit. So I will go to Command+Tab. I select Address Book. Now while the Command key is held down, I press Q. That quits that application.
Highlight Safari, Command key is down, press Q and I quit that application. And again, you can confirm that these applications have been quit, because there is no blue dot under their icon, and that's the basics of working and launching applications.
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