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With the release of the Leopard operating system for Macs, Apple has added or updated more than 300 features. In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen explores each of Leopard's vital features. He walks viewers through the installation, then goes over how to use the interface and navigational elements, work with the Dock's stacking feature, and take advantage of the iLife applications, Safari, and Mail. These tutorials are designed for people who are new to the Mac or who are upgrading to the Leopard operating system.
And now it's time to look at the anatomy of a window and we'll do that by double-clicking on the Macintosh hard drive to open a Finder window. Here you're going to find a number of elements and I'll explain each one. Let's start with the upper left corner, where you find these three colorful buttons. You already know that when you click this red button you close the window. We'll open that again. But about the yellow button? When you click the yellow button this window will shrink down and minimize to the Dock, like this. There it goes. To bring it back, go down to the Dock, click on it once and it comes back up. Now here's a very cool trick.
Not helpful, but it's really fun. So we're going to give it a shot. Hold down the Shift key, and click the yellow button and watch how it moves in slow motion. That is so slick, I can bring it back in slow motion by also holding down the Shift key and clicking on it, but I won't. finally there's the green button. This green button is for zooming the window. So I click on it, the window collapses a little bit. I click it again and it zooms out to its original size. So if you've resized a window, you can zoom in and out from the different views by clicking this button. Speaking of resizing windows we're going to jump to the bottom right corner where you see these three lines.
Click on those three lines and drag the window to resize it. This will be confusing for some Windows users because they can resize windows in other ways, but on the Macintosh it's always the bottom right corner of a window that you drag to resize the window. Now let's look at the top of the window. On the left side you're going to find two buttons. The Back and Forward buttons and this is what they're for. Let's suppose you've dug down into the hierarchy. I'm going to double-click the Applications folder, and I'd like to go up a level. All I have to do is click back.
I'd like to return to the Applications folder. I could do that by double-clicking the Applications folder, but why bother when I can go forward by clicking the Forward button. So Back and Forward is for digging down into the hierarchy and then returning. Here you have your Views buttons. Currently we're in Icon view where our folders are represented as icons. I can also look in List view, Column view, which we've talked about, and of course Cover Flow view.
Now within Cover Flow view, I showed you that by pressing the spacebar we could have the Quick Look view. There's another way to do that and that is to click this button and this button is the Quick Look / Slideshow button and that brings the Quick Look view to us. We also have this Tools pop-up menu and in here you find common commands: create a new folder, move to trash, get info and the contents of this would change depending on what is showing in the current window.
Spotlight is represented here as well. You can click in this field and you can perform a search within that particular window. Now this is going to be confusing for Windows users. Normally on Windows in the upper right corner, you can close a window by clicking on an icon and a lot of Windows users think, Great the Mac works the same way, I'll just do that here. So you click on this clear button here and what happens? Oh boy. Well, you've lost your toolbar and you've lost your sidebar. You now have a simple Finder window and a lot of people get confused because they inadvertently clicked this button and then later they can't seem to find anything on the Mac that should be there.
If you find yourself in that position, simply click this button and you'll return to the normal view where you get the sidebar and you have your toolbar at the top. Speaking of the sidebar, let's take a look. The first entry is Devices. This includes any hard drives that are attached your Mac and if you're a .Mac member in this case your iDisk, which is a virtual hard drive that Apple hosts somewhere on the Internet. The Shared entry is for those people who are on networks. If you're on a network and other people are sharing their Macintoshes or their PCs with the you, you will find the names of their computers under the Shared heading.
Under Places you'll find common places. Places that you normally want to go on your Mac and you can access those places simply by clicking one of the entries. So I would like to see what's on the Desktop. Easily done and not much there. How about my Home folder? I can go to Documents, and by clicking on Applications I can go into my Applications folder. Below this you'll find the Search For area. This is for searching by common criteria or time. So I would like to find all documents that were created today. If I wanted to do that, I click on Today.
Yesterday shows me everything yesterday. I can go back a week and see what was added in the past week. Below that are things called Smart folders and Smart folders are those criteria-based folders. You create searches based on file type. for example. So here I'd like to see all my images, and here they are. It shows me every single image on my Mac. I can also look for All Movies. I can also look for All Documents. And those are Smart folders. When you click on a Smart folder you'll see the path to the stuff that is selected here.
So I've shown All Documents and you'll notice that the name of the file is reflected here and the path remains. If I look for All Movies, I happen have movies stored in the Pictures folder. If I look at Al Images and that shows me the path there as well. Finally, we'll go to List view for this one. You'll see these headings here: Name, Kind, and Last Opened. Last Opened is blue because that's how we're sorting these files.
I can click one of these other headings and sort differently, so I'd like to sort by Name. I click Name and notice now my files are organized by alphabetical order. I can go by Kind. So my jpg images are all together and these documents are grouped together as well. Last opened, I can find things that were created today. Finally at the very bottom of the window, you're allowed to see how many items a particular window holds. In this case, we have 23 and one of them is selected.
And finally at the bottom of the window you're going to find out how many items that folder contains and how many are selected. So in this case, there are 23 items, one of them is selected and following that you're told how much free space remains on your hard drive. And that's it. The anatomy of a window.
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