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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.
The trackpad isn't the only Apple device that can use gestures. There's also Apple's current wireless Magic Mouse. Like the trackpad, the Magic Mouse has a touch sensitive surface. Apple uses that service to take advantage of gestures. So let's take a look. The first thing we're going to do is go back to System Preferences, select the Mouse preference, and here once again at the very top, you see Scroll direction: natural. Now on the trackpad, this Scroll direction:natural stuff works pretty well.
it's actually intuitive, particularly if we've used an iOS device. However, on the mouse, the analogy breaks down a little bit and some people aren't comfortable. I'm one of those people, so I'm going to turn that off. However, I always turn on Secondary click, because that gives me the right-click option when I'm using my mouse. So I flip over to the desktop, click once on the right side of the mouse, and there's my contextual menu. So what else can we do? Well, there is smart zoom.
So we're back in Safari. I'll find a column of text and I double tap with one finger to zoom in. I'll double tap with one figure to zoom back out again. Now while we're in Safari, let's move between pages. To do that, take one finger and swipe to left to go back and swipe to the right to go forward. The other thing you can do with this swiping, for example, take two fingers, swipe to the left and you move environments.
So now here I am in Dashboard. I swipe to the right with two fingers and I'm back in the Finder. One more gesture: lightly tap twice with two fingers on the mouse and you enter mission control. To get out, lightly tap two fingers again. Now I mention this lightly stuff, because if you tap too hard, it'll register as a click and Mission Control won't appear and that's it. The Magic Mouse supports fewer gestures than the Magic Trackpad and it also has a smaller surface, which makes some of these gestures difficult to perform if you have large hands.
Still if you prefer a mouse to a trackpad and would like to take advantage of Lion's gestures, the Magic Mouse is the way to go.
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