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Video: Launchpad

I like to refer to Launchpad as applications central because it's a single point of access for every application on your computer. Launchpad eliminates the need to dig through your Applications folder for an application that you don't have readily available in the dock or as a shortcut. With Launchpad you could also organize your applications into categories as well. Now Launchpad can be found down here in your dock. It's an icon, it's like a little rocket that's pointing upwards and you can also access this from your Applications folder as well.
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
  2. 6m 38s
    1. What is an OS?
      1m 18s
    2. What is Mountain Lion?
      1m 24s
    3. System requirements
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 43s
    1. How to get Mountain Lion
      4m 58s
    2. Installing Mountain Lion
      4m 10s
    3. Keeping your Mac up to date
      2m 35s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. The purpose of user accounts
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a user account
      5m 23s
    3. Logging in to a user account
      4m 41s
    4. The Home folder
      5m 10s
    5. Setting parental controls
      6m 36s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. The Finder
      3m 26s
    2. Finder windows
      7m 30s
    3. Customizing the Finder window toolbar
      4m 50s
    4. Finder preferences
      5m 3s
    5. Working with files and folders
      8m 38s
    6. Sharing files between users
      5m 6s
    7. The Dock
      7m 51s
    8. Setting the desktop and the screensaver
      7m 50s
    9. The Dashboard
      5m 27s
    10. Mission Control
      8m 7s
    11. Launchpad
      6m 3s
  6. 17m 54s
    1. Connecting to the Internet
      3m 52s
    2. Safari fundamentals
      6m 26s
    3. Top Sites
      4m 1s
    4. Using the new Share feature
      3m 35s
  7. 13m 52s
    1. Setting up an email account
      3m 45s
    2. The Mail interface
      3m 14s
    3. Working with messages
      6m 53s
  8. 32m 25s
    1. Contacts
      6m 31s
    2. Calendar
      5m 39s
    3. TextEdit
      5m 9s
    4. Preview
      4m 18s
    5. QuickTime player
      4m 50s
    6. Installing applications
      5m 58s
  9. 27m 2s
    1. Reminders
      6m 42s
    2. Notes
      3m 57s
    3. Messages
      5m 6s
    4. Notification Center
      4m 34s
    5. Dictation
      6m 43s
  10. 7m 32s
    1. Backing up with Time Machine
      5m 2s
    2. Restoring files with Time Machine
      2m 30s

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Watch the Online Video Course Up and Running with Mac OS X Mountain Lion
3h 31m Appropriate for all Oct 24, 2012

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Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of Apple OS X, adds more than 200 new features to the operating system. In this workshop, author and expert Chad Chelius shows you how to take advantage of all the power that Mountain Lion puts at your fingertips. After learning how to install and set up the software, create and work with user accounts, and find your way around the interface, you'll get tips on using Mountain Lion to surf the web, send email, play audio and video, and much more. And you'll be introduced to new features like dictation, the Notification Center, and the Reminders, Notes, and Messages applications.

Topics include:
  • Installing Mountain Lion
  • Creating and logging in to a user account
  • Setting parental controls
  • Customizing the Finder window toolbar
  • Sharing files between users
  • Browsing the web with Safari
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Installing applications
  • Using Reminders, Notes, Messages, and the Notification Center
  • Backing up and restoring files with Time Machine
Subjects:
Business video2brain
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Chad Chelius

Launchpad

I like to refer to Launchpad as applications central because it's a single point of access for every application on your computer. Launchpad eliminates the need to dig through your Applications folder for an application that you don't have readily available in the dock or as a shortcut. With Launchpad you could also organize your applications into categories as well. Now Launchpad can be found down here in your dock. It's an icon, it's like a little rocket that's pointing upwards and you can also access this from your Applications folder as well.

So if you scroll down here you're going to notice that Launchpad is right here. So, if for some reason you removed it from your dock at some point you can go ahead and add it back in. Unfortunately, Launchpad doesn't have a keyboard shortcut at least by default. However, it's pretty easy to add a keyboard shortcut in there. So, if you go to the Apple menu, Systems Preferences, we're going to go ahead and go to the Keyboard option and then we're going to click on Keyboard Shortcuts. And you can come over here to Launchpad and Dock. And you can click on Show Launchpad and then just type a keyboard shortcut in this field over here, so if I wanted to make it Option+Cmd+L, that would become the new keyboard shortcut for launching the Launchpad. Just keep in mind that if this conflicts with any other applications that you use, you may want to change that.

Now I'm actually going to turn that off for now, I just wanted to show you how to add a shortcut if you wanted to. I'm ready to go ahead and quit System Preferences. Now I'm going to go ahead and launch Launchpad by clicking on the icon in the dock, and you're going to see what Launchpad looks like. Now the job of Launchpad, is to show you essentially every application on your computer. And if you have an iOS device, such as an iPhone or an iPad this is going to look pretty familiar. Because within here you can simply click on one of these applications and it's going to launch that application so you can use it. I'm going to go ahead and quit this application, we'll go back to Launchpad. If you have multiple screens of applications you can see that they show up down here, using these buttons or these little bulleted icards, and if you click and drag with your mouse you can swipe to the next page. So I'll go ahead and swipe back to the first page. Let's say I'm looking for a particular utility.

If I start typing something such as text. It's going to filter down the Applications to only show me that particular application. And then, if I press return, it'll launch that application for me. Pretty useful. So I'll go ahead and quit that application, we're going to go back to Launchpad, and in addition to being able to filter the applications by just typing, you know if I type contacts, it's going to filter to only that one. I'm going to get rid of that, because we can also organize our applications as well.

So let's say I wanted to organize a couple of my applications based on media. So I have iTunes here, and I also have the QuickTime player. One's for music, one's for movies. So what I can do is if I drag the iTunes icon, and drop it on top of QuickTime player you can see that it does something very similar to what you might see in an iOS device. And I can drop it down here and now you can see that both applications are within this category or, essentially, a folder. I can click on the name of this folder, and maybe change the name to Media, press Return and then when I click back off of this, you can see that now I've organized that into a Media folder or category.

So it's pretty helpful to be able to organize these. Same thing here, we have the Dictionary and Text Edit. Chances are you might use them together. So I drag Text Edit on top of the dictionary, and then just kind of drop that in there and now both of those applications are within this category. Maybe I'll change this to writing. So, I'll click off of there and then they rearrange to take up less room. So not only is it helpful to alleviate room but it is also helpful to get categorized content. Now, I'm going to go one step further for accessing Launchpad, because what they did is they added the ability to use gestures to access Launchpad. Now to show you this, what I'm going to do is go to the Apple menu and go to System Preferences.

And I want to point out that this is going to pertain to anybody who's using a laptop. Or anybody who has the Apple Trackpad as a separate device. So if I click on the Trackpad button, this is really helpful because it'll give you a video and show you some of the common gestures that are used. And I want to show you that a great way to launch Launchpad as you can see, is to swipe using that gesture. You simply close your fingers together, open them back up. And that's how you launch Launchpad.

So I'll go ahead and quit System Preferences and if I use that gesture on my computer, it opens up Launchpad. If I don't want to see it anymore, I just pinch my fingers together and open them up, and that will get rid of it. So gestures can be really useful as well, for doing different things inside of Mountain Lion, as well as just being more efficient. As you can see Launchpad can be invaluable when looking for an application that you might not use on a regular basis. It's also really nice to be able to group certain applications together for easy access when you need them quickly.

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