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By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Use Your Apple Devices Together with Handoff

Use Handoff for Apple devices

When the apps we use day-to-day are scattered across phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers—things can get confusing.

You might start an email on your iPhone, but after a page of painful texting, realize it would be easier to finish it on your laptop. Or you might have left a document open on your office computer upstairs, but you need to access it from your tablet while taking a phone call downstairs. If you’ve got more than one device, you can probably relate.

Apple’s recent releases of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 tackle this digital dilemma with a new feature called Handoff, which allows you to easily, well, “hand off” certain tasks between devices.

For example, open your MacBook Pro’s current browser tab on your iPhone. Pass that spreadsheet on your iPhone to your iPad Air for a bit more breathing room. Respond to that desktop IM message on your iPhone.

It’s a pretty compelling promise—but does Handoff walk the walk? Let’s set it up, and take a look.

By Alicia Katz Pollock | Thursday, December 25, 2014

Open Anything in One Click Using Your Mac Dock

Use the Mac dock to clean up your desktop

Is your Mac desktop covered with icons?

You may think this gives you easy access to your most-used applications, files, and folders. But in fact, you’re working outside your Mac’s built-in file management system. It’s a bad habit you may have brought over from your Windows days—and Apple has better options.

I’m going to show you how to clean up your desktop while customizing your Mac Dock for one-click access to every file, folder, and app on your computer.

By Jeff Carlson | Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Discover the Hidden Powers of the Image Capture App

What can you do with the image capture app?

If you manage photos on a Mac, you probably import the shots from a camera to an application such as iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop Elements.

But long before any of those came along, the way to add photos to your Mac was a little utility called Image Capture.

The Image Capture app is still there (you’ll find it in the Applications folder), and it does more than just copy photos to your hard disk. Some people prefer to save photos to their hard disk and manage them using the Finder, while others perform actions on the files before moving them into dedicated photo library software.

Here are some ways to take advantage of Image Capture’s features.

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, May 05, 2012

How to switch from Windows to Mac

If you’ve recently switched jobs, changed industries, or taken up creative endeavors on the side, you may be faced with the critical question: How do I go about switching from Windows to Mac?

In the most recent update to the Switching from Windows to Mac course, author David Rivers shows you how to switch from Windows to Mac OS X Lion, and he demonstrates smart ways to use files, folders, search, and applications in your new Mac interface. If you’re a Windows user ready to discover the Mac interface, efficient ways to get your work done, and new Mac shortcuts and tips that will save you time, David’s course is a good place to start.

In this tutorial from chapter one of the course, David discusses Mac terminology, and shows you how to understand, and refer to, the Mac equivalents of the Windows tools you may be used to using:

Here are a few of David’s favorite tips to help you switch from Windows to Mac:

1.  PC and Mac files have never been more compatible! If you currently use Microsoft Office on a PC, you can save your Office files to a DVD or a USB drive and work on those same files with Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011 for the Mac. No conversion necessary—the file formats are compatible. You’ll also find the same easy compatibility within other applications like FileMaker Pro, Quicken, QuickBooks, and many more.

2.  You may already be familiar with Windows Explorer as a tool for finding things on your computer. Once you switch, Mac’s Quick Look feature allows you to preview files you’re browsing before opening them. The Quick Look feature can be found by opening any file folder, and then clicking on the eye-shaped icon at the top of the window (see the image below for a visual). Clicking the Quick Look icon allows you to preview your files in a Quick Look pop-up, an instant slideshow, or full-screen. If you are a keyboard shortcut user, you can also highlight the item within your folder you want to preview, and press Command + Y on your keyboard to call up a Quick Look preview.

Mac Quick Look example

The Quick Look button can be found when you open any folder, or the Finder window.

Previewing an image with Quick Look.

Previewing an image with Quick Look.

If you found these highlights helpful, check out the full Switching from Windows to Mac course for more tips and tricks to help you make your transition as seamless as possible.

Interested in more? • The full Switching from Windows to Mac (2012) course on lynda.com • All business courses on lynda.com • All courses from David Rivers on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Mac OS X Lion Essential TrainingSmall Office Networking to Connect, Share, and PrintWord for Mac 2011 Essential TrainingExcel for Mac 2011 Essential Training

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Computer literacy courses for Mac and Windows include assessments to assist in learning

This week, we released two courses with a new feature: Chapter-level assessments to help you determine how well you know your computer and what you might need to review further. Both Computer Literacy for Windows and Computer Literacy for the Mac with Garrick Chow walk through the skills necessary to use computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance.

Both courses offer a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, the Internet, and email are covered. The assessment files includes an assessment movie, chapter-level assessments, and answer keys. Let us know what you think!

Computer Literacy for Windows

Computer Literacy for the Mac

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