Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide

Support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Visual QuickStart Guide.

The latest update of this best-selling Visual QuickStart Guide will have you up and running in no time with Snow Leopard, the fastest and most reliable version of the Mac OS X ever. Respected, best-selling author Maria Langer will take you through all of Mac OS X’s groundbreaking capabilities and new features. With plenty of screenshots to clearly illustrate techniques, this reasonably priced guide is a great reference to the essentials of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Get up and running in no time with the best-selling Visual QuickStart guides. The key to their worldwide popularity: concise, step-by-step explanations of core tools and techniques in a task-based reference format, with plenty of screenshots to keep you on track as you work.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting Up Mac OS X 10.6
Chapter 2: Finder Basics
Chapter 3: File Management
Chapter 4: Window Views
Chapter 5: Searching for Files
Chapter 6: Storage Media
Chapter 7: Advanced Finder Techniques
Chapter 8: Customizing the Finder
Chapter 9: Desktop Management
Chapter 10: Application Basics
Chapter 11: Using TextEdit
Chapter 12: Information Management
Chapter 13: Front Row
Chapter 14: Mac OS Applications
Chapter 15: Dashboard
Chapter 16: Fonts
Chapter 17: Printing & Faxing
Chapter 18: Connecting to the Internet
Chapter 19: Internet Applications
Chapter 20: Networking
Chapter 21: Multiple Users
Chapter 22: Security
Chapter 23: System Preferences
Chapter 24: Mac OS Utilities
Chapter 25: Getting Help
Appendix A: Menus & Keyboard Equivalents


From the Snow Leopard book:
Chapter 9: Desktop Management (pdf)

From the Leopard book (which still mostly applies to the Snow Leopard book):
Chapter 25: Automation Tools (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions

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4 thoughts on “Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide

  1. Dear Maria,
    I just purchased your book “MAC OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Visual Quickstart Guide.” I started reading on page xvii, Introduction. When clicking the “Finder” key, and then clicking the “About This Mac,” a window came up that says I have Mac OS X Version 10.6.4. If you have a moment and already know the differences, please be so kind as to let me know that your book will still be of service to me.

    I look forward to reading your book and becoming familiar with my new MacBook laptop computer. I am a “convert” from Windows. Just got tired of all the extra work I needed to do in order for it to remain working.


    • William,

      Welcome to Mac OS! Apple uses it’s versioning system to identify the types of differences between releases. Anything after the second dot is a maintenance release. So the differences between 10.6 and 10.6.1 and 10.6.x (etc.) is normally bug fix stuff. Where Microsoft seems to release an almost daily stream of updates and patches, Apple groups its minor updates together and releases them as new “versions” numbered after that second dot in the version number.

      So I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are probably not many visible or functional differences between 10.6 and 10.6.4. Most of the changes are “under-the-hood” bug fixes and enhancements.

      Apple does detail the changes on its Web site; you’d have to find the updated page for the version that interests you. When you use Software update and get notification of an update. Selecting the name of the update normally displays a list of changes.

      Hope this helps! Best of luck with your new Mac!

  2. Hi, Maria…Your book has been very helpful. I do have one question, though, that I’d like you to clear up if you can. In the chapter on Text Edit, you refer to a key (DEL) that may not exist on some keyboards and may be replaced by another key of a different designation. I have neither key on my wireless keyboard. Is there any way to erase words to the right of the cursor? It’s annoying to always have to delete the entire word or phrase or have to move the cursor all the way to the right before reversing direction to erase.
    Thanks for your anticipated assistance.

    • Douglas: fn-Delete should delete one character at a time to the right of the blinking insertion point. You can use this shortcut if your keyboard does not have a Del or Delete forward key.

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