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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain 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, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.
Mountain Lion introduces another application that's already found on iOS devices, and it's called Reminders. Reminders, as the name implies, is Mountain Lion's to-do application. Yes, you could create to-do's in the old iCal. But the feature was hidden and not terribly capable. Having them in their own application is a step in the right direction. So let's take a look. Go down to the Dock and I'll choose Reminders, and here are my reminders. On the left side are projects. On the right are my reminders.
If I'd like to create a new reminder, I have a couple of ways to do it. One, I could click on the plus button. Otherwise, I can simply click on a line and add the reminder. So I've entered my reminder. And now there's an info button, and let's click on that to configure the reminder. Here's the name. I can have it choose to remind me on a particular day, and I can also choose a location, and this is very powerful. If you have location services turned on at this point, it may ask you if you'd like to use your current location.
I don't have location services turned on at this point so I've skipped that warning. But don't be surprised if you see it, if location is working on your Mac. Because it can't use my current location, how about if I just enter some address I make up. So let's see. What do you know? That's in Contacts. Okay. I can have this reminder go off when I'm leaving this location or when I am arriving at that location. Well, swell, Chris, you say, what good is that? I don't happen to have my Mac with me when I'm out and about visiting this mythical location.
You don't, but you do have your iPhone with you, and that's the best part about this. This will sync with your iPhone. So when you're leaving this location, a little reminder will pop up on your iPhone and say, "By the way, eat your vegetables." Location-based reminders are very, very cool and something you should take advantage of if you have an iPhone. These don't work on other iOS devices but they do work on an iPhone. You can choose when to repeat this, everyday, a week, two weeks, month, or a year.
You can assign it a priority if you like. So we'll make this a medium priority and you can add notes to it, and click on Done. When I do that, because I made it of medium importance, couple of exclamation marks, tells me what the details are of this in an easy to see format. So what happens when I completed the task? Simple enough. Click on the box next to it. It disappears. But where did it go? It's in my completed reminders. And here it is, "Eat my vegetables" along with the other things that I've already completed.
Now I can create other projects as well and to do so, I click on the plus button below the projects area, and here's my new list. Here's my list here, and those are the two important things I need to do for my upcoming vacation. Now notice this little broadcast icon here. This is because my reminders are synced with iCloud. So these reminders are now being sent out to all my iOS devices and my other Macintoshes that happen to be using the iCloud service.
If you like, you can also create reminders that are tied to a specific date. Click on the Calendar icon. Let's say one for December 25th. I believe that is a traditional reminder on the 25th of December. And also, of course, there's a search field at the top of the window. If you're looking for a specific reminder, just type in the keyword and the reminder will appear to the right. And with that, you can take Learn about Reminders off your things-to-do list.
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