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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.
Like earlier versions of the Mac OS, Lion ships with small single-purpose applications called widgets. These widgets run in the OS's Dashboard environment. There are multiple ways to get to the dashboard. You can swipe on your trackpad with three fingers to the left. You can also press the F4 key on many keyboards. If you want, you can go to the Applications folder and then double-click on Dashboard.
And you can also configure a Hot Corner in System Preferences to expose Dashboard. Now by default you are going to see four widgets. It's Calculator, Clock, the Calendar and the Weather widgets. Those widgets that can be configured will have a little I in the corner. For example, here in the Weather widget, and I can configure a new location. I am going to type in a zip code, see what happens, and press Return, and it's Arcata, California.
Click Done, right up there in Humboldt County. That is the weather as we speak. Now flip that back around. I can also include a Lows forecast, click Done, and you see here we have the Highs and Lows along here. Of course you can also enter just the name of the location. It should pop up. Now our thing's in London. You can add widgets and to do that you just click the plus button at the bottom of the window and here is a variety of widgets.
So for example let's say I want to bring up Dictionary. I will just click on it, up comes the Dictionary widget, and I will look for the definition of numbles, and here it is. Once again, it's still the entrails of an animal, especially a deer. If I wanted to get rid of one of these widgets, all I have to do is click on the little X in its corner, and it's gone. I want to click this X to make those Xs go away.
If you are in Dashboard, you can also expose the X by simply holding down the Option key and then hovering over the widget you'd like to delete. So I can delete this one if I cared to. Let go of the Option key and the X disappears. If you click Manage Widgets, you can choose which widgets you'd like to appear as available. So I have disabled the ESPN widget. I look down here and note it's now gone. I could turn it back on again, so it hasn't disappeared all together. I am just removing it from the list of widgets at the bottom of the window.
Finally, if you click on More widgets, you are taken to Apple's website, where they have a collection of third-party widgets. Now note, some of these haven't been updated in quite some time, because Apple isn't putting a lot of effort into widgets any longer, but still there are some interesting widgets here and they do work with Lion. F4 to go back to Widgets, and if you want to leave Dashboard, you can just swipe the other way to your right and they disappear, or press F4, or you can press Escape, or you can click the right- pointing arrow at the bottom of the screen.
And that's Dashboard and widgets under Lion.
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