Session 2 – Dock and System Preference

Tonight we’re going to explore the “Dock” and “System Preferences“. For future reference, you will find links to the Mac 101 site where you can get a brief overview of these features.

But first we will do a review of last week.

Exercise 1: On the Desktop.
* open a program.
* create a file.
* Click, hold, and drag a file from one side of the Desktop to another.
* create a folder.
* drag file into folder.
* move the folder into Documents.

Exercise 2: The Dock
* Move a program to the Dock
* Open a program and set it to “stay in the Dock”
* Remove a program from the Dock
* Change the preferences of your Dock (resize, magnify, reorient to left or right)

Personal – These control the look and feel. Personalize what you see and what you can find.
* Dock
* Appearance
* Spotlight

Hardware – Hardware controls the devices that connect to your computer
* CDs – DVDs
* Displays
* Battery – Energy
* Keyboard
* Mouse
* Trackpad
* Printer
* Sound

Internet and wireless – Connecting your computer to other computers and wireless devices.
* Network – wired and wireless controls
* Bluetooth – a different wireless
* Sharing – allowing access to your computer

System – Control the main parts of your Operating System.
* Accounts
* Date and Time
* Parental Controls
* Software Update
* Speech
* Startup Disk
* Time Machine
* Universal Access

iPhoto – Import

We took a brief tour of iPhoto. Here we will repeat the steps we took.

  • locate photos in a folder on your Desktop
  • Import the photos into iPhoto.
  • Move them into an Album.
  • Run a Slide Show.

Open a Finder Window and locate the pictures that you want to import.

Pics in finder

Open iPhoto. For reference click on “Last Import”. Here you see the last set of photos that you imported into iPhoto.

IPhoto Last Imort

Now to import a new set, click File -> Import to Library…

Imort to iPhoto Library

Select the Folder where your photos are located and click Import.

Import pics

When you return to the “Last Import” button in iPhoto you will these photos.

This movie will show you how to move photos out of your “Last Import” folder and into an Album.

Finder – Customize your Toolbar

In class you learned how to create a folder, name the folder, delete a folder and delete a file. You can set up your Finder window to make these operations a little easier.

Open a Finder window. Notice the buttons at the top of the window.

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Click on View-> Customize Toolbar

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As you can see, there are buttons listed to “Delete” items, create a “New Folder” and other things.

Simply drag the buttons you would like to use to the top of the window. Arrange them in any way you want to see them.

This might make it easier to perform these operations. At least it will give you one more option.


Finder – View – Show Path Bar

One of you asked how I get the folder path to show in my Finder window. In this installment, I’ll show you how.

Here is a full view of the Finder with the folder path at the bottom. I’ve clicked on the picture (to the right) but you can see the folders within the folders containing it:

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Here’s a closer look:

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If you would like to have this view,

  1. Open a Finder window.
  2. Go to View -> Show Path Bar.

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The path will appear just as you see it above.

Once the path is showing the same menu will change to “Hide Path Bar”.PathBar Show Hide