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Modifying Language & Text settings

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Video: Modifying Language & Text settings

Lion is a multilingual operating system. As such it provides you ways to not only change the languages it uses, but also the formatting for time and dates. We'll look at just what this powerful system preference can do now. into System Preferences > Language & Text. Now, Language tab is where you choose the language you want to use. By default, it's the language you chose when you set up your Mac the first time. You can rearrange the order of languages by dragging. So for example, I could take Espanol and put it here at the top.

Modifying Language & Text settings

Lion is a multilingual operating system. As such it provides you ways to not only change the languages it uses, but also the formatting for time and dates. We'll look at just what this powerful system preference can do now. into System Preferences > Language & Text. Now, Language tab is where you choose the language you want to use. By default, it's the language you chose when you set up your Mac the first time. You can rearrange the order of languages by dragging. So for example, I could take Espanol and put it here at the top.

Now, the next time I log in, my interface would be in Spanish instead of English. Although I took six years of Spanish, I'm not sure that all of you did. So I'm going to put that back down the list so we see this in English the next time I log in. Now the major languages appear here. However, there are more languages that you can use, and you do that by clicking on the Edit List. Major languages here, and then as you work your way down, you see there are some languages that aren't used quite so widely.

You can choose the sorting order if you like. Next, is the Text tab. On left, you see Use symbol and text substitutions. By default, if you were to type (c), it would instead substitute the copyright sign. Same idea with (r), becomes the Registered Patent, and then you've got TM. The shortcut for that is Trademark but it makes it tiny. Also, you can create fractions that way, so that when you type 1/2, you get this much nicer fraction which is smaller.

You can add your own keyboard shortcuts if you like. Just press Plus. Let's say SIG, which is going to be short for signature. I'll type-in what's going to appear and we'll move over to TextEdit and I'll show you how that works. So I type SIG here, press Return, and it automatically auto-fills the entry that I put under that abbreviation. For now, we get rid of that, and to do that, just click the Minus button. Lion has a new feature where it will automatically correct your spelling if you allow it to.

This is another feature that's taken from the iOS. If you don't care for Lion correcting your spelling, you can just simply turn this off. When you do that you will no longer have automatic spelling correction. One thing to note here is if you have an application open that is capable of correcting your spelling, you turn this off and you leave that application open, it will continue to auto-correct until you quit that application and start it again. You have the option to correct spelling here, but it depends on the language you use. So Automatic by Language. It knows that I'm using American English because that's the way I set it up.

However, if I chose to use British English instead, when I entered C-O-L-O-R for color, it would auto-correct to C-O-L-O-U-R, because that's the British spelling of color. You can choose to have things auto- corrected so that in supported applications you get smart quotes, which are the curly quotes instead of dumb quotes or standard quotes, which is just the two lines straight up and down. You can also decide how you want the smart quotes to be notated, so you can also put double brackets in if you like and here are the dumb quotes at the bottom.

Then there's Formats. I'm recording in the US. We have a certain way of notating dates and time, so we have January 5th, 2011. So there's month, date, and year, but in other countries they may do it differently. They may have day, month, and year for example. So you can choose the region you want to use and then it will change the way things like date and time are formatted. This is reflected not only in the operating system but it's also changed in iCal.

So if you happen to be an American and you're using a British laptop because you've gone overseas, you can change it to the US formatting so that you see dates the way you prefer to see them. If you were to click the Customize button, you can customize the way these things are formatted. So for example, under Medium, you can choose to show the full name, just the initial, or the number of the month. And you can show all regions, because again this is a limited list and you could see a much longer group if you like.

Then there is Input Sources. The Mac supports a variety of international keyboards and the way to initiate those is simply to flip on one of these settings. So let's say I wanted to have a Brazilian keyboard because they use different characters than may be on my keyboard. When I do this, you notice that the American flag icon appears here. This flag is going to differ depending on which country your Mac is associated with. In this case, it's America. But if I wanted the Brazilian keyboard, I simply select Brazilian and here's the Brazilian flag.

So when I type, I'll now be using the Brazilian keyboard layout. Go back to U.S., turn this on so I don't mistakenly type in Portuguese. One other thing to note here is the Keyboard and Character Viewer. Turn that on and you'll see a couple of options up here at the top of the window. The first is Character Viewer. If you're looking for little symbols of some kind that you can't normally produce with your keyboard, this is where you find these things. Here, Latin characters. But here are some of the alternate characters that you can use.

If you want to insert this into some text, you can simply select that character and then drag it into the text, much like that. If you want those cute little smileys, you can do that here, and this is actually something that's new in Lion, that Lion natively supports this Emoji character. And one other viewer that you should know about and that's the Keyboard Viewer. So this shows you a layout of the keyboard that you're using with your Mac.

Now, what makes this helpful? Well, you already know where these characters are because they're printed on your keyboard. However, if you hold down the Option key for example, you can see what you can type when you have the Option key held down, or Option+Shift. So if you're looking to make the Apple symbol, that's how you do it. So again, if you're looking for alternate characters, this is one way to figure out how to create them. And we'll make that go away. I'm going to turn that off, so that doesn't appear in the menu bar any longer. There you have it, the workings of language and text.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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