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2005-11-03, 09:36
Alright gang, I'm new to the forum and soon to be proud owner of a new 15" Powerbook. I opted for the 100GB 7200rpm HD 512Ram (upgrading to 1.5 with a kingston chip) I suppose I should get to the point :)

I was wondering if someone can point me in the direction of good reading material that details the lesser known 'shortcuts' or tricks that can be performed in OSX. I'm looking for something light. I was reading a forum post earlier about the Ctrl-Click ... aparantly this is the same as 'right-clicking' ?? See, stuff like that I didn't know. Though I'll probably end up with a wireless optical MS mouse when its all said and done.

Much appreciated. Thanks


2005-11-03, 11:02
You could start over at www.macosxhints.com , they have many hints there. As for specific books, I couldn't give you any titles to hunt down.

2005-11-03, 13:25
Welcome to the community, Phil! :)

For starters:
AppleNova's "Cool Things a Mac Can Do?" Thread (http://forums.applenova.com/showthread.php?t=6397)
AppleNova's Genius Bar FAQ (http://forums.applenova.com/showthread.php?t=24)
Apple's "Mac 101" Support Pages (http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/)
Apple's "Switch 101" Support Pages (http://www.apple.com/support/switch101/)

And of course, AppleNova Search (http://forums.applenova.com/search.php?) and Google (http://www.google.com). ;)

Many of AppleNova's members are "switchers" or new Mac users and have had a variety of questions (like this (http://forums.applenova.com/showthread.php?t=10953) just this morning). Search first and if you don't find an answer on your own, feel free to ask!

For actual physical books, I've heard great things about the Missing Manual (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/macxtigermm/) series from O'Reilly. The Unleashed (http://www.samspublishing.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=0672327465&rl=1) series is supposedly good too.

2005-11-03, 13:32
I'll load up my 1.33 ghz 12" powerbook with all sorts of good reading material if you send me yours. :p Nice setup!

2005-11-03, 13:44
I'll echo Brad's Missing Manuel (http://www.missingmanuals.com/) recommendation, David Pogue is a great writer and the illustrations have all kinds of witty jabs at various people who need to be wittily jabbed.

2005-11-03, 14:01
I'll third the Missing Manual recommendation. The book covers pretty much everything, and even has some sections in the back on more advanced stuff (Terminal, hacking the OS) if you become interested in that.

2005-11-03, 17:01
And of course, AppleNova Search (http://forums.applenova.com/search.php?) and Google (http://www.google.com). ;)

You bastard! :) I used to work as a network support technician so I can completely appreciate the above. The info I'm looking for is most likely something I don't know what to search for.

Thank you for the warm welcome and the plethora of links to good info. I had no idea there was a applenova.com/support but I greatly appreciate the info and it looks as though its a resounding recommendation for Missing Manuel.

Thanks gang. Looking forward to contributing to the community when I can!