Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan

Make the most of your Mac or MacBook experience by understanding the structure and features of OS X El Capitan.
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  • Lectures 66
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Learn how to use Apple's OS X El Capitan to navigate your Mac. Customize your experience by setting system preferences to reflect your workflow and personal preferences. Manage files and documents effectively by understanding the file hierarchy on your Mac. Learn to back-up your Mac so data is not lost.

Understand the Features and Functions of OS X El Capitan to Make the Most of Your Mac or MacBook Experience.

  • Learn Basic OS X Structure and Terminology
  • Understand How to Get Around Your Mac in OS X El Capitan
  • Set System Preferences to Work for You
  • Install and Work with Applications
  • Create and Organize Documents and Files
  • Learn to Back-up Your Mac
  • Understand the newest features to OS X El Capitan.

Use the Latest Features of OS X El Capitan to Enhance Your User Experience.
Operating systems are always changing. Knowing all of the latest features and functions will help you avoid frustration when things don't quite work the same and will keep you working effectively and efficiently. We'll take you through what you need to know in OS X El Capitan in 66 easy-to-follow video tutorials. You can go at your own pace and review individual lessons as may times as needed. So let's get started!

Content and Overview
Noteboom Productions designed this course for beginners who are new to the Mac or existing Mac users upgrading from OS X Yosemite. Learning a new operating system can seem like a daunting task. We'll guide you through 66 videos in just over 5 hours, teaching you the basics of a Mac and its latest operating system, OS X El Capitan. In addition to lecturing, we demonstrate how to get around your Mac quickly, set system preferences, create and organize documents, install and delete applications, and tips on backing-up your Mac. You are encouraged to have OS X El Capitan installed on your Mac so you can follow along and try it yourself at the end of each lecture.

This course starts with the basics including OS X terminology and migrating from Windows. Once we've established the terminology we move on to getting around OS X El Capitan with the Finder, using the Dock, and using the Menu Bar. Then we go through some extensive lessons on setting up OS X default behaviors through System Preferences. When we have our Mac all set up the way we want it and we're comfortable with getting around, we move on to installing and uninstalling Apps and creating and working with documents. We also spend a little time going over the new features of El Capitan.

Students completing this course will have the basic knowledge to comfortably navigate their Mac using OS X El Capitan.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a Mac or MacBook with OS X El Capitan installed if you would like to follow along.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to use Apple’s latest operating system OS X El Capitan
  • Understand how to efficiently navigate your Mac using OS X El Capitan.
  • Set all of your Mac's preferences to reflect your own preferences.
  • Know how to organize applications and files on your Mac or MacBook running OS X El Capitan.
  • Understand the newest features to OS X El Capitan.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for those new to the Mac and OS X El Capitan and/or those who have recently upgraded to OS X El Capitan. No prior Mac knowledge is necessary. Those with basic Mac experience may still benefit from this course. If you’re looking for more in-depth explanation on advanced OS X El Capitan features, this course is not for you.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Tutor for OS X El Capitan
03:10

In this video introduction we outline the topics covered in this course. 

Section 2: Getting to Know You Mac
07:10

In this lesson we take a look at a few terms to help you better understand your Mac. These terms include hard drive, ram, the Finder, Spotlight, Airplay, and the Dock. We also look at About this Mac which tells you specific information about your Mac.

07:23

In this lesson we look at the folder structure of your Mac to help you better understand how the files and folders are organized. We show you where the Applications folder is, which folders are used by OS X, and where your Users folder is.

07:57

In this lesson we take a look at the differences between Mac OS X and Windows including how you can create your own Start Bar on your Mac.

Section 3: Getting to Know the Finder in Max OS X El Capitan
11:55

In this lesson we look at how to work with the Finder and Finder Windows.

08:39

In this lesson we look more closely at the Finder Window Toolbar including how we can customize it.

05:15

In this lesson we learn about the sidebar in a Finder Window. With the Sidebar we can add our own folders, view tags, view shared computers, and connected devices

04:19

In this lesson we look at how to work with Tabs in a Finder Window. With tabs we can have multiple folders open within one window.

03:56

In this lesson we look at the Finder Preferences in detail. The preferences are where we set the default behaviors for the Finder including which folder is shown when a new window is opened and if we want to show extensions.

Section 4: Getting to Know the Dock in Mac OS X El Capitan
04:10

In this lesson we look at working with the Dock including how it is organized, where the Finder and trash are, and how the Dock stores both favorite applications and open applications.

05:12

In this lesson we look more closely at applications in the Dock. This includes placing favorite applications, removing applications, and how we can have an application automatically open when we log in to our user account.

06:48

We are first going to take a look at the Apple Menu in the Menu Bar. The Apple menu is always available and located on the left side of the menu bar. Let’s look at the Apple menu in Mac OS X.

07:47

In this lesson we look at the Dock preferences. The Dock preferences are where we setup the default behavior of the dock including if we want to hide the dock, using magnification, and if we want to see which applications in the Dock are open.

Section 5: Getting to Know the Menu Bar in Mac OS X El Capitan
04:41

We are first going to take a look at the Apple Menu in the Menu Bar. The Apple menu is always available and located on the left side of the menu bar. Let’s look at the Apple menu in Mac OS X.

06:34

In this lesson we look at how we view an application’s menu in the menu bar as well as Menu Extras. Menu Extras are menu that show up in the menu bar even if your are not in that application.

Section 6: Getting Around Your Mac in Mac OS X El Capitan
03:32

In this lesson we look at the different ways to switch between your open applications.

03:55

In this lesson we look at using a secondary menu, sometimes called a contextual menu. When we use the secondary menu we can perform different tasks depending on what we have selected.

07:43

In this lesson we look at searching the Mac using Spotlight. We also look at the other features Spotlight offers including weather, stocks, now playing, and even how we can use it as a calculator.

07:40

In this lesson we look at using Mission Control to get around our open applications. We also look at how we can have our windows and apps open in different spaces.

05:30

In this lesson we look at using the Dashboard to get small bits of information such as the weather or sports scores.

07:36

In this lesson we look at the Notification Center and Today View. We also look at the Notification preferences in the System Preferences.

02:27

In this lesson we look at how we can move files into nested folders by dragging the file(s) on a folder and having it spring open.

Section 7: Setting Up Your Mac with Mac OS X El Capitan
04:28

In this lesson we take a quick look at our system preferences and the different ways we can review our preference panes.

07:22

In this lesson we take a look at the general preference pane. This is where we can set our theme, selection color, even if we want to hide the menu bar.

04:38

In this lesson we take a look at how we can change our desktop picture and also how we can change our screensaver.

03:29

In this lesson we take a look at how we can change our language and region preferences.

05:48

In this lesson we look at the various security and privacy preferences including how you can restrict downloads of apps and turn on the firewall.

04:35

In this lesson we take a look at our display preference pane. This is also where we can set our different options for when you’re using multiple monitors.

04:15

In this lesson we look at the various energy preferences including how to save battery life on notebooks and schedule our Mac to power on and off at preset times.

06:26

In this lesson we look at the various keyboard preferences including key repeat speed, text substitution, and keyboard shortcuts.

01:45

In this lesson we look at the various mouse settings including how we can set the secondary menu to a button.

05:27

In this lesson we look at the various trackpad preferences including enabling tap to click, enabling different swipe options, as well as different scroll options.

05:09

In this lesson we look at how we can add printers, as well as the different printer options, and also how we can add a scanner to our Mac.

03:31

In this lesson we look at the various sound preferences including setting alert sounds, changing where the sound is being output to, and how we can change sound input.

05:30

In this lesson we take a look at how we can set up iCloud. We also take a quick look at the different services at iCloud has to offer.

02:17

In this lesson we look at how we can add different internet accounts to our Mac. Internet accounts we can add include Facebook, Twitter, Google, Exchange, Yahoo!, and Linked In.

03:59

In this lesson we look at how to enable various extensions and where we can access these extensions.

05:17

In this lesson we take a quick look at the network preference pane including how we can set different locations for network services.

02:17

In this lesson we take a quick look at how we set up a Bluetooth device to our Mac.

04:49

In this lesson we look at the various sharing options we have on our Mac including sharing folders, printers, screen sharing, and how we can share our internet connection.

08:18

In this lesson we look at how we add users and groups to our Mac including setting login items and creating administrator accounts.

02:34

In this lesson we look at how we add a guest account to our Mac. Guest accounts are separate accounts that are deleted when the guest logs out of your Mac.

07:36

In this lesson we look at how we setup parental controls for specific users in Mac OS X El Capitan.

05:13

In this lesson we look at how we update OS X El Capitan and apps purchased through the App Store. We also look at the different preferences we have for updating our Mac.

05:29

In this lesson we look at how we can dictate to our Mac as well as how we use text to speech to have our Mac read to us.

03:06

In this lesson we take a look at how we can set our date and time, as well as our startup disk.

05:45

In this lesson we look at how we use Time Machine to backup our computer and restore documents we’ve deleted.

05:16

In this lesson we take a quick look at the different accessibility options we have in Mac OS X El Capitan.

Section 8: Working with Applications in Mac OS X El Capitan
02:58

In this lesson we take a look at the different ways we can access our Applications folder on our Mac.

04:22

In this lesson we take a look at the Launchpad. The Launchpad is an app that makes it easy to open up our apps or applications, as well as keep them organized.

05:56

In this lesson we look at a few different ways to install applications including installing them by dragging and dropping, and using an installer.

03:06

In this lesson we look at a few different ways to uninstall or delete applications on our Mac.

03:33

In this lesson we look at how we can use an application in full screen including how we enable this through Mission Control.

05:36

In this lesson we look at how we can view two apps win full screen using split view. This is a new feature in OS X El Capitan.

Section 9: What's New in Mac OS X El Capitan
03:40

In this lesson we look at a few of the new features in the Mail App including creating a tab with drafts and threads, viewing suggested events and contacts, and new swiping options for Mail.

04:12

In this lesson we look at the new features in Safari including how we pin sites, using Airplay to play videos to an AppleTV, and how to mute audio from the smart search field.

04:15

In this lesson we look at the new features in the Notes app including turning a list into a checklist, adding attachments, and sharing to Notes.

03:53

In this lesson we look at the new features in Photos including adding locations to photos, sorting albums, and Photos support for 3rd party extensions.

02:06

In this lesson we look at Maps new transportation options in OS X El Capitan.

Section 10: Working with Documents and Folders in Mac OS X El Capitan
05:48

In this lesson we look at how you save a documents in OS X and the various options you have when you save a document. We also look at how OS X autosaves documents.

02:21

In this lesson we take a look at the different ways we can select files and folders in Mac OS X.

02:37

In this lesson we look at how we can restore a previously saved version of a document in Mac OS X.

02:47

In this lesson we take a look at how we can move, copy, and group documents in Mac OS X.

09:39

In this lesson we look at how we tag files and folders to help us keep them organized. We also look at the preferences for Tags.

Deleting and Emptying the Trash in Mac OS X El Capitan
03:15
02:43

In this lesson we look at how we can compress files and folders to save space or to send files over the internet safely.

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Noteboom Productions, Ltd., Producer of Easy-to-Follow Video Tutorials

Dan Wassink of Noteboom Productions and Tutorials has been creating and producing videos on how to use various software for over 6 years. With over 20 tutorials available in the App Stores, his tutorials have received close to 700 five-star ratings and reviews and have been recommended by new users, advanced users, and teachers. He looks forward to helping you learn more with his tutorials!

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