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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.
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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