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  • Paperback: 846 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (Nov. 30 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491917954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491917954
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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The book that should have been in the box

About the Author

David Pogue is the founder of Yahoo Tech, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.” He’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002.

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He’s won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music.

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Good manual. Clear explanations and photos. Good advice.Covers the differences between the versions, and has good coverage of the "nuances" of the op. system.
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Very good manual. However, I wouldn't recommend to someone totally new to the OS computer world.
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Good for a convert to the world of Apple/Mac
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa76d7e94) out of 5 stars 108 reviews
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HASH(0xa752ca2c) out of 5 stars The OS X missing manual series never disappoints, thank you Mr Pogue. Dec 1 2015
By JoeTaxpayer - Published on Amazon.com
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David writes this series in a way that will help anyone using this latest OS. From a Mac newbie who needs to understand preferences, the finder, etc, to someone who has been using Macs since the classic. I learned my lesson over a decade ago, I might find answers on line to help navigate the latest OS, or I can have the missing manual at hand. The book pays for itself in the time saved to troubleshoot something you've never run into before. To be clear, I'm talking about the paper version. I saw the first reviews come in regarding the Kindle version. I can only say my prior copies are highlighted, sticky noted, and dog-eared.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa752cc78) out of 5 stars I'm on page 28 and I've learned a dozen things already Dec 20 2015
By Catherine M. Biddulph - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a computer instructor who has used OS X for about two years...after having used Windows machines since the days of DOS. So as a Windows power user, changing over to the Mac has involved a steep learning curve. And although my MacBook Pro is the fastest and most reliable computer I've ever used, my OS X skills are pretty ordinary...so I know I'm not getting all I could out of the machine.

I REALLY like to know all of the little tricks and options to make a computer work exactly the way I like. This Missing Manual is getting me a lot closer to the OS X power user I want to become. Like all of the Missing Manuals, this book is well-written and contains a wealth of helpful info. Like my review title says, I've barely cracked the book and I've already learned a lot of excellent info. Just get this book, you won't regret it!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa752cc3c) out of 5 stars Don't upgrade without it Feb. 18 2016
By Cousin Vinny - Published on Amazon.com
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In this day and age of "Help" actually meaning online chat or topics browsing or support forums, it's essential to have a good text in black and white close by, at hand. What if your Mac or PC won't boot up? What if your Mac's or PC's browser continually crashes because of a drive problem? What if you simply cannot access the web? Uh, duh .... And I'm not about to gobble up my data allowance on my iPhone potchkeying around a hundred sites for a fix. Much of what pops up in searches is two, three and four years old, seriously out of date and out of touch.

The OS X El Capitan text in the ongoing series of "The Missing Manual" proved it was well worth its cost not two weeks after I had upgraded my older iMac desktop from Lion to El Capitan and hit a sudden drive problem that immediately stalled my browser with the dreaded spinning ball of death, repeatedly. By researching several possible solutions in the manual, I was able to boot up into a safe mode, access the utility, get the drive self-repaired and the browser conflict resolved. Having the book close by saved me a lot of time as well as the cost and wear 'n' tear of taking my iMac into the store. You have to remember that no matter what your level of familiarity or expertise with Macs and PC's, upgrading to a brand new operating system can very quickly throw you into a state of real unknown. Much of what once worked on the old OS, no longer applies at all.
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa752cf30) out of 5 stars A useful book in line with its predecessors Nov. 29 2015
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A useful book in line with its predecessors. But the table of contents has not been enabled! How is one to find his way through a 848 page reference book without a table of contents?
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HASH(0xa752cf90) out of 5 stars OS X EL CAPITAN: A LUCID MANUAL LACED with WIT Feb. 10 2016
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Reviewed by C J Singh (Berkeley, California)

I enjoyed reading the earlier editions of this book on Macintosh Operating Systems, learning a lot from David Pogue’s lucid expository style laced with humor.

The publisher, O’Reilly Media, rightly claims:
“The Missing Manuals are witty, well written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific page numbers, not just ‘see Chapter 14’; and an ironclad promise never to put an apostrophe in the possessive pronouns ‘its’.” As a professional editor and writer, I admire this promise because I find far too many recent books blemished with this particular error.

This comprehensive book exemplifies David Pogue’s writing style. In my copy of the book, I’ve marked numerous examples that illustrate Pogue’s style. Here are five of the marked, chosen randomly from the beginning, middle, and closing pages.

“OS X is an impressive technical achievement ; many experts call it the personal-computer operating system on earth. But beware its name. The X is meant to be a Roman numeral, pronounced ‘ten.’ Don’t say, ‘oh, ess ex.’ You’ll get funny looks” (page 1).

“When you write a book like this, you do a lot of soul-searching about how much stuff to cover. Of course, a thinner book, or at least a thinner-looking one, is always preferable; plenty of readers are intimidated by a book that dwarfs the Tokyo White Pages. On the other hand, Apple keeps adding features and rarely takes them away. So this book isn’t getting any thinner” (page 7).

“Handwriting Recognition: In the same way your grandmother turned yesterday’s dinner into today’s sandwich and tomorrow’s soup, Apple recycled the handwriting technology of its failed Newton handheld and added it to OS X, It’s now called Ink, and it does exactly what it used to: turn your handwriting into typed text in any program. Can Ink replace the keyboard? Not for anything more than quick notes, that’s for sure. But it can be handy when you’re web surfing, sketching, filling in database forms, and so on” (249).

“Maps: When Apple brought its own Maps app to the iPhone in 2012, the underlying databases had a lot of problems. They didn’t include nearly as many points of interest as Google. Addresses were sometimes wrong. Satellite view showed bridges and roads melting into the sea…. In El Capitan, Maps has gotten smarter: It can now propose public-transportation routes—complete with the times and names of subways, trains, and buses—in seven U.S. cities, with more to come” (page 398).

“Setting Up Messages: There are some great chat apps that Messages can’t touch.… Skype, the granddaddy of all chat programs, which offers audio and video chats like Messages, but also connects to Skype running on Windows, iPhones, Android phones and so on” (page 721).

The book comprises 19 chapters and 4 appendices. Yes, the 828-page book is heavy, but its numerous light touches and detailed "hand-crafted" index earn it five stars. (The Index refers to the previous edition of the book, "OS X YOSEMITE: The Missing Manual" in its entries and page numbers. The mismatch is occasional which proves that El Capitan is not all that different from Yosemite.) An alternative to reading the whole book is to use it as a reference while doing the hands-on exercises in the much briefer "Teach Yourself Visually OS X El Capitan."

Part One: The OS X Desktop
1. Folders, Windows & Finder Tabs
2. Organizing Your Stuff
3. Spotlight
4. Dock, Desktop & Toolbars

Part Two: Programs in OS X
5. Documents, Programs & Mission Control
6. Data: Typing, Dictating, Sharing & Backing Up
7. Mac+iPhone: Handoff, Airdrop & Continuiting

Part Three: The Components of OS X
8. System Preferences
9. Notifications
10. The Free Programs of OS X

Part Four: The Technologies of OS X
11. Accounts, Security & Gatekeeper
12. Networking, File Sharing & AirDrop
13. Graphics, Fonts & Printing
14. Sound, Movies & Speech

Part Five: OS X Online
15. Internet Setup & iCloud
16. Mail & Contents
17. Safari
18. Messages
19. FTP, SSH, VPN & Web Sharing

Part Six: Appendixes
A. Installing OS X El Capitan
B. Troubleshootig
C. The Windows-to-Mac Dictionary
D. Master OS X Secret Keystroke List