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- Setting up your computer quickly with the guided setup process
- Using Dictation to turn your spoken words into text
- Taking advantage of the Auto Save improvements
- Sharing data with iCloud
- Mirroring your Mac to a television
- Creating to-do events with Reminders
- Keeping track of game progress with Game Center
- Browsing with the improved Safari
- Becoming familiar with the Power Nap and new privacy features
Skill Level Appropriate for all
If you find yourself with a brand-new Mac and a brand-new copy of Mountain Lion, the first thing you're going to have to do is set it up, and that requires entering your Apple ID, which I'll do now. Click Continue. The next thing I have to do is agree to the terms and conditions and you might as well, because if you don't, you can't use it. So click on Agree. Once again, to make sure that you really agree, click on Agree. At this point it asks you to set up iCloud, and we are going to set up iCloud on this device, so I click on Continue. Choose Continue.
The next option is Use iCloud for Find My Mac. Now what's the point of this thing? Well, suppose you have a laptop and you take your laptop to work or overseas or on vacations, and you misplace it. The beauty of Find My Mac is that from another Mac using a web browser or from an iOS device that's setup correctly, you can find out the location of that Mac, as long as it's switched on and connected to a Wi-Fi network. I like that option a lot, so we're going to have that set up, and we'll click on Continue.
It'll also turn on Location Services, which is how your Mac can be found, so I click on Allow. And I will allow it to use My Location--click on Allow again--and I'll start using my Mac. And here's the Mountain Lion desktop. I'm going to change a few things to make this a little bit easier for you to follow along throughout the rest of the course. I did this in Mac OS X Lion Essential Training, so if you've seen that, you're going to get a review of that. So, I click on the Apple menu, I'll go to System Preferences, and to Desktop & Screen Saver.
I don't much care for the translucent menu bar, so I'm going to turn it off. We are also going to have a solid color for the desktop, choose the second blue option, show all the system preferences, I'll go to Date & Time. Because you don't really need to know what time it is, so I'm going to click on the Clock, turn that off. Go into Network, Wi-Fi, and you don't need to see the status of the Wi-Fi bar.
Turn off Show Bluetooth in menu bar. Go to Time Machine, turn that off, because you don't need to see me backing up. And over to Sound and we'll turn that off as well. I'll quit System Preferences, and I'm going to hide the dock. Now our Mac is ready to go and ready to continue with the course.