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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad


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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad

Lion includes a new feature called Launch Pad. Like some of Lion's other new features, this one is inspired directly by Apple's iOS, the operating system used by the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. To invoke you just click on the Launch Pad in the dock. You can also use Spotlight to launch it by typing in its name, or if you have a Mac with a trackpad, you can use a four fingered gesture pinch to invoke it. We are going to look at gestures in another movie. This is what you see when you first launch Launch Pad.
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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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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
6h 4m Beginner Sep 13, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Migrating to Lion
  • Launching and working with applications
  • Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
  • Using Text-to-Speech
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Configuring wireless Bluetooth input devices
  • Staying current with Software Update
  • Understanding the Dashboard widgets
  • Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules in Mail
  • Playing and recording media with QuickTime
  • Video chatting with FaceTime
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
  • Screen sharing with a remote computer
  • Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
  • Troubleshooting techniques
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad

Lion includes a new feature called Launch Pad. Like some of Lion's other new features, this one is inspired directly by Apple's iOS, the operating system used by the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. To invoke you just click on the Launch Pad in the dock. You can also use Spotlight to launch it by typing in its name, or if you have a Mac with a trackpad, you can use a four fingered gesture pinch to invoke it. We are going to look at gestures in another movie. This is what you see when you first launch Launch Pad.

You see the applications that are on your Mac. Now if you have just one page of these, this is pretty convenient. They are all organized in nice alphabetical order. It's easy to find the default applications that are on the Mac. But suppose you have more than these applications. Well, click the mouse on the second dot. Ah! I have more applications. Let's look at the third dot. Wow, even more applications! So you can see one of the issues that you are going to face when you are using Launch Pad is if you have a lot of applications, you are going to find screen after screen of these apps and it may be difficult to find just the one you want.

Apple provides a solution for this. Let's go to our second screen. I have a lot of Adobe applications here. I am going to create a folder for these applications. I will just grab one application and I am going to drag it on top of a related application. Drop it and you see that I've created a folder. We haven't seen the folder yet, but you will in just a second. At this point I can name this if I choose. By double-clicking on it, I will type in Adobe, Return, and then click in launch bar and the folder disappears.

You can tell this is a folder by this icon. You get this little square. It's kind of gray and you see a couple of icons within it. Now I can drag other applications in there. Try and target it, and there it is, and that's added as well. I can keep repeating this procedure until I have added all the applications I like to the folder. Another thing you do in Launch Pad is change the order of the applications. We will go back to our first page. This is alphabetical, but I can change where things are. Take Calculator and I am going to move it over here next to Keynote.

iDVD is going over here next to the App Store, and so on and so forth. I can change the order of things if I like. And to launch an application is very simple. All you have to do is click on it and here is iCal. You notice when I do that that Launch Pad disappears. Click iCal and I go back to the regular Finder interface. Again, if I want it back, Launch Pad and there I am. Here is one other trick. Let's go back to our second page where all those Adobe applications are.

I am going to click and hold on an application until they all start shaking. Now when I add this to my Adobe folder, but I don't really want to see the entire folder, and all I have to do is let go and it's just added to the folder. Let's see if we can scoot it out of the way and there you are. To get rid of shaky mode, click on the desktop and they stop shaking. Another way to get out of Launch Pad is just to hit the Esc key on the keyboard and it disappears, and there you have it, the basics of Launch Pad.

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