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Windows and their elements

From: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

Video: Windows and their elements

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.

Windows and their elements

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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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 12m 54s
    1. Installing Leopard
      12m 54s
  3. 31m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with the Apple mouse and keyboard
      4m 38s
    2. Understanding the Mac desktop
      9m 37s
    3. Exploring the Apple menu
      6m 26s
    4. A tour of the Mac OS interface
      6m 25s
    5. Enabling Time Machine and running software updates
      4m 17s
  4. 33m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the Finder
      6m 26s
    2. Windows and their elements
      6m 55s
    3. Customizing the Finder
      6m 36s
    4. Gathering file information
      4m 8s
    5. Working with contextual menus
      2m 33s
    6. Understanding the Open and Save dialogs
      2m 59s
    7. Using Help
      3m 28s
  5. 11m 41s
    1. Searching with Spotlight
      3m 36s
    2. Working with the Spotlight Search window
      2m 34s
    3. Using Spotlight with System Preferences
      3m 14s
    4. Creating Smart Folders
      2m 17s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Moving and copying files
      3m 11s
    2. Spring-loaded folders and the Dock
      3m 7s
    3. Spaces
      5m 42s
  7. 12m 49s
    1. Introduction to the Dock
      2m 0s
    2. Creating Stacks
      3m 28s
    3. Configuring the Dock
      2m 18s
    4. Working with Trash and Eject
      5m 3s
  8. 42m 37s
    1. Configuring Personal System Preferences
      11m 39s
    2. Configuring Hardware System Preferences
      7m 13s
    3. Configuring Internet System Preferences
      6m 39s
    4. Configuring System System Preferences
      17m 6s
  9. 3m 51s
    1. Understanding printing options
      3m 51s
  10. 28m 4s
    1. Introduction to iLife '08
      2m 5s
    2. iPhoto
      4m 24s
    3. GarageBand
      5m 36s
    4. iWeb
      4m 10s
    5. iMovie
      7m 45s
    6. iDVD
      4m 4s
  11. 11m 6s
    1. Using TextEdit
      7m 25s
    2. Using the Dictionary
      3m 41s
  12. 16m 39s
    1. Working with images in Preview
      10m 7s
    2. Working with PDF files
      6m 32s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Introduction to Safari
      5m 53s
    2. Working with the Address bar
      5m 21s
    3. Working with Bookmarks
      5m 7s
    4. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      3m 32s
    5. Saving web pages with Safari
      3m 11s
    6. Viewing PDFs
      3m 22s
    7. Configuring Safari Preferences
      4m 14s
    8. Creating Web Clips
      2m 45s
  14. 7m 56s
    1. Working with Dashboard widgets
      7m 56s
  15. 16m 13s
    1. Introduction to the Address Book
      7m 23s
    2. Address Book tips and tricks
      5m 30s
    3. Creating Smart Groups in the Address Book
      3m 20s
  16. 15m 9s
    1. Introduction to iCal
      7m 35s
    2. Working with multiple calendars
      2m 1s
    3. Sharing your calendars
      5m 33s
  17. 35m 26s
    1. Introduction to Mail
      2m 29s
    2. Creating an email account
      3m 18s
    3. Sending and receiving email
      5m 27s
    4. Personalizing Mail settings
      5m 14s
    5. Sorting email with Rules
      4m 17s
    6. Sorting email with Smart Mailboxes
      3m 3s
    7. Junk email
      5m 53s
    8. Working with To Dos, Notes, and RSS
      5m 45s
  18. 19m 36s
    1. Setting up an AIM account in iChat
      4m 55s
    2. Text, audio, and video chatting
      7m 41s
    3. Sharing files with iChat Theater
      7m 0s
  19. 39m 49s
    1. Introduction to iTunes
      7m 23s
    2. Playing and ripping an audio CD
      4m 35s
    3. Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists
      6m 44s
    4. Tagging files
      6m 46s
    5. Using the iTunes Music Store
      10m 22s
    6. Working with video in iTunes
      3m 59s
  20. 31m 16s
    1. Using Photo Booth
      6m 38s
    2. Using Front Row
      6m 26s
    3. Introduction to DVD Player
      5m 4s
    4. Using QuickTime Player
      5m 47s
    5. Using QuickTime Pro
      7m 21s
  21. 12m 44s
    1. Using Time Machine
      6m 24s
    2. Introduction to Disk Utility
      6m 20s
  22. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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