Tutor for OS X Yosemite: A Complete Introduction
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Make the most of your Mac or MacBook experience by understanding the structure and features of OS X Yosemite.
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What Will I Learn?
  • 49 Videos with over 3 hours of content
  • Set all of your Mac's preferences to reflect your own preferences.
  • Know how to organize applications and files on your Mac or MacBook.
  • Understand the newest features to OS X Yosemite - handoff, hotspot, and continuity.
  • Do your own troubleshooting and back-ups.
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  • You will need a Mac or MacBook with OS X Yosemite installed if you would like to follow along.

Learn how to use Apple's OS X Yosemite 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 work through challenges with simple troubleshooting tips.

Understand the Features and Functions of OS X Yosemite 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 Yosemite
  • Set System Preferences to Work for You
  • Install and Work with Applications
  • Create and Organize Documents and Files
  • Learn to Troubleshoot and Back-up Your Mac
  • Understand the newest features to OS X Yosemite - handoff, hotspot, and continuity.

Use the Latest Features of OS X Yosemite 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 Yosemite in 49 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 Mavericks. Learning a new operating system can seem like a daunting task. Our instructor, Dan, will guide you through 49 videos in just over 3 hours, teaching you the basics of a Mac and its latest operating system, OS X Yosemite. In addition to lecturing, Dan demonstrates how to get around your Mac quickly, set system preferences, create and organize documents, install and delete applications, and some simple troubleshooting. You are encouraged to have OS X Yosemite 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 Yosemite 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 wrap up with backing up using Time Machine and some troubleshooting tips.

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

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for those new to the Mac and OS X Yosemite and/or those who have recently upgraded to OS X Yosemite. 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 Yosemite features, this course is not for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
49 Lectures
Introduction to Tutor for OS X Yosemite
1 Lecture 02:18

In this lecture we outline the general topics covered in this OS X Yosemite tutorial - getting to know and getting around OS X Yosemite, system preferences, applications, working with documents, and tips and troubleshooting.

Preview 02:18
Getting to Know OS X Yosemite
4 Lectures 18:57

In this lecture we outline the specific topics covered in this section of videos focused on getting to know OS X Yosemite - terminology, folder hierarchy, and migrating from Windows.

Preview 00:17

In this lecture we define and give helpful analogies for the general computing terms - hard drive, ram, applications, and system preferences. Understanding these terms will make using your Mac a little easier.

Preview 03:19

In this lecture we define what folder hierarchy is and why it is important in understanding how your Mac is organized. We specifically cover the difference between external hard drives and your Mac's internal hard drive. We also cover the basic folders on your Mac's internal hard drive - Applications, Library, System, User Guides and Information, User Information, and Users.

Preview 05:33

In this lecture we cover some differences between the Mac OS X operating system and the Windows operating system. This is lecture is especially helpful if you are coming from a Windows environment and new to the Mac. For example, "programs" from Windows are called "applications" on a Mac and "Settings" in Windows are called "Preferences" on a Mac. Dan demonstrates how to navigate the Mac while speaking in the respective Windows' the terminology.

Migrating from Windows
Getting Around OS X Yosemite
10 Lectures 49:08

In this lecture we outline the specific topics covered in this section of videos - Getting Around OS X Yosemite. Specially we will cover how to use the Finder, the Dock, the Menu Bar, Contextual Menus, searching with Spotlight, using Mission Control, and working with the Dashboard.

Getting Around OS X Yosemite Introduction

In this lecture we cover the Finder application which is how we view, manage, and organize documents on our Mac. There are a few different ways to open the Finder - each is covered in this lecture. We also cover how to switch between open applications and the Finder. We wrap up this lecture with how to create a folder and how to drag documents between folders.

Introduction to the Finder

In this lecture we talk about Finder window in more detail. We demonstrate how all of the buttons and functions of the Finder window work and give different scenarios in which they would be used. The Finder window may be customized according to the user's preferences to make finding, managing, and organizing all documents, applications, and files easier.

Working with Finder Windows

In this lecture we cover some additional ways the Finder window may be customized by changing the Finder "Preferences." These preferences determine how the Finder "behaves." Preferences are grouped in to general, tags, sidebar, and advanced.

Finder Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to use and customize the Dock. The Dock shows icons for frequently used and open applications, folders, and documents. Dan demonstrates how to customize the content, size, and behavior of the Dock.

Working with the Dock

In this lecture we cover how to work with the Menu Bar, located at the top of the computer screen. The Menu Bar appears differently based on what application is open, but there are some items that never change. Dan demonstrates the importance of the "Apple" menu found in the Menu Bar, how the Menu Bar behaves, and how to customize it.

Working with the Menu Bar

In this lecture we cover how to access contextual menus. Contextual menus are menus containing options that are specific to what is selected. Dan demonstrates how to access contextual menus using a mouse and when using a track pad. Mouse and Track Pad preferences are also briefly covered in this lecture.

Using the Contextual Menu

In this lecture we cover how to search using "Spotlight." This is a powerful tool that can help you locate anything from applications or files on your Mac to finding local movie showtimes. Dan demonstrates how to active Spotlight and how to change the preferences for Spotlight.

Searching with Spotlight

In this lecture we cover how to effectively use Mission Control to get a bird's eye view of all our open applications and window on our Mac. Dan demonstrates how to open Mission Control, create different desktops, and how to navigate between them.

Mission Control

In this lecture we cover the application called "Dashboard." The Dashboard is a handy application where all of our widgets are located. Dan demonstrates how to access the Dashboard and how to customize the Dashboard with different widgets.

Working with the Dashboard
OS X Yosemite System Preferences
20 Lectures 01:16:31

This lecture outlines the lessons in this section - OS X Yosemite System Preferences. This group of videos are all about setting our system preferences for how we would like our Mac to behave.

System Preferences Introduction

In this lecture we begin to cover the Mac's system preferences with reviewing the General Preferences. General Preferences include appearance - for how buttons and menus appear, highlight color - which sets the color for highlighted text, sidebar icon size - specifically in the Finder, scroll bar options - for how the scroll bars appear and behave, default internet browser selection, behaviors for closing documents and windows, and how many recent items are shown.

General Preferences

In this lecture we cover preferences specific to security and privacy. In the general security and privacy preferences, we'll cover login and password preferences, as well as from where applications may be downloaded. Next, we cover FileVault and Firewall preferences for extra encryption and protection. We wrap-up with privacy preferences which is where we set which applications can access the information on your Mac and logout behaviors.

Security and Privacy Preferences

In this lecture we cover the Notification Center and how to set the preferences for how it behaves. The Notification Center can be set up to give you a quick view of Today's calendar events, social media alerts, the weather, the time and tomorrow's events. Dan will demonstrate how to set up the notification center to include the information you prefer to see. Notifications can also be set up for dynamic alerts that can include badges, banners, and sounds.

Notifications and Notification Center Preferences

In this lecture we cover the Energy Saver Preferences. There will be some variance on settings based on whether you're using a MacBook or an iMac. This example is recorded on a MacBook Pro so Dan will cover battery settings. He also covers display and sleep preferences that are similar on both a MacBook and an iMac.

Energy Saver Preferences

In this lecture we cover the different preferences we can set for our keyboard. The categories in keyboard preferences include keyboard, text, shortcuts, and input sources. We can change how the keys on our keyboards behave in the keyboard category - such as setting the top row of keys to be used as function keys or how fast we want a key to repeat. If you have a backlit keyboard, you can set preferences for how the keyboard brightness keys behave here. The text category is where we set up auto-fill text. The shortcut category is where we set up key commands - different combinations of keys pressed together at the same time to make a specific action happen. And finally, the input source simply changes what language we are typing in.

Keyboard Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to set the preferences for how our mouse behaves - tracking speed, scrolling speed and direction, and primary and secondary clicking. Mouse preferences will be different based on whether you are using a wired or wireless mouse. Dan demonstrates both scenarios in this lecture.

Mouse Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to set the preferences for how our trackpad behaves based on how we touch the trackpad. The different preference categories for the trackpad include point & click, scroll & zoom, and more gestures.

Trackpad Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to set the preferences for a printer or scanner. Here we set a default printer and paper size for our printer. We also demonstrate how to access the print queue and how to interpret the information within the print queue. We also cover how to access scanner preferences using the application Image Capture. These preferences may be different based on which printer or scanner you have connected to your computer.

Printing and Scanning

In this lecture we cover how to use iCloud to share information across our devices. New to Yosemite, the iCloud Drive is also available across devices. Dan demonstrates how to view the iCloud Drive folder and how you can access anything saved to the iCloud Drive across devices. Family Sharing is also a new feature in Yosemite and is covered in this lecture. Family Sharing allows a family to share purchased apps, movies, music, and books, share photos, share your location, and schedule events through a family calendar.

iCloud, Family Sharing, and iCloud Drive

In this lecture we cover how to connect our Mac to different internet accounts, e.g., Facebook or Vimeo. Connecting our accounts allows us to access information from websites we belong to directly on our Mac, i.e., contacts from Facebook directly in your Contacts app on your Mac or events from Facebook directly to your Calendar app on your Mac. It also allows us to share links/webpages directly to our accounts on websites like Facebook or LinkedIn using the "Share" button in the Safari navigation bar.

Internet Accounts Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to set our Network Preferences. This is where we select which network we want to connect to, if we want the computer remember networks, and set up different network configurations based on location.

Network Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to turn Bluetooth on and off on our Mac. We also demonstrate an example of pairing a Bluetooth device, specifically a speaker, with our Mac. Because we adding a speaker, we briefly cover some audio preferences in this tutorial.

Bluetooth Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to set-up Sharing Preferences. Specifically we cover Screen and File Sharing. Dan demonstrates how to designate users who have access to sharing and what kind of access they have, as well as, actually connecting to another computer to share screens, control, and files by dragging and dropping between screens/computers.

Sharing Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to set up different users on our Mac. This is helpful when there is more than one person using the same computer. We also cover how to set up Groups to make "sharing" easier. We also the different option settings for Users and Groups as well.

Users and Groups

In this lecture we cover how to set up a Guest User account. A Guest User account is unique in that it deletes all information and files in the User Account's home folder after the guest logs out. There are different accessibility options that may also be set for a Guest User account and a password is not needed.

Setting Up a Guest Account

In this lecture we cover how to set-up parental controls. Parental Controls can be used to limit which Apps, Websites, and People an account can access. Parental Controls also control time limits for computer usage and provide logs for the history of the activity on a specific account.

Setting up Parental Controls

In this lecture we cover App Store settings. These settings are specific to how updates to your system and apps are retrieved and installed from the App store. This is how we keep our Mac up-to-date.

App Store Preferences

In this lecture we cover how to use a handy feature called Dictation. When using dictation we can speak to our Mac and it will "type" what we say in a text document. Text to Speech settings are also made in this system preference. Text to Speech is used to have your Mac read different information to you, like the date and time or notifications. Dan demonstrates how to activate both features in this lecture.

Using Dictation

In this lecture we cover how to adjust Accessibility Preferences. These are options that are especially helpful to people with visual or hearing challenges. Text size may be adjusted or the computer could be set to flash if there is an audio alert. Adjusting these preferences can make your computing experience more enjoyable and productive.

Accessibility Preferences
Working with OS X Yosemite Applications
5 Lectures 19:05

This lecture outlines the videos in this section covering working with applications. We've start with how to find and launch apps, working with apps in full screen mode, and how to install and delete apps.

Working with Applications Introduction

In this lecture we cover the different ways to find and launch (open) applications on the Mac. There are 3 easy ways to find and open apps - finding them in your Applications folder, in the Launchpad, or by using Spotlight. We also cover how to customize the Launchpad to group your apps in folders or move them around within or in-between pages of the Launchpad.

Application Folder and Launchpad

In this lecture we cover how to work with applications in the full screen mode. Working in the full screen modes help to keep distractions at a minimum. Dan demonstrates how to get in and out of full screen mode using the green dot/button in the upper left corner of a window and how to switch between apps in full screen using Mission Control.

Using Applications in Full Screen Mode

In this lecture we cover how to install an application or "app" onto a Mac. All apps should be installed/saved into the Applications folder. When we purchase and download apps from the App Store, they are automatically downloaded and installed to your Applications folder. Dan demonstrates downloading and installing apps from the internet by dragging them to your Applications folder manually and by downloading them and using an installer.

Installing Applications

In this lecture we cover how to uninstall or delete an application or "app" from a Mac. There are a couple different ways to delete apps depending on how they were installed. Dan demonstrates how to delete apps via the launchpad, dragging and dropping the app into the trash, and by using an un-installer.

Uninstalling Applications
Working with Documents in OS X Yosemite
6 Lectures 28:22

In this lecture we outline the lessons in this section on working on documents in OS X Yosemite - saving, copying, moving, grouping, tagging, and deleting files. We also cover emptying the trash and a few topics new to Yosemite - handoff, personal hotspot, and continuity.

Working with Documents Introduction

In this lecture we cove how to save documents in OS X Yosemite. There a few different ways to save a document using menus and the title bar of the document. We also cover autosaving and reverting to a previous version of a document if you don't like the changes that were made.

Saving and Autosaving Documents

In this lecture we cover how to copy or "duplicate" documents, move them between folders and hard drives, and group them into new folders. There are a few different ways for duplicating and moving documents. Each method is demonstrated. We wrap-up with how to group documents into a new folder.

Copying, Moving, and Grouping Documents

In this lecture we cover how to work with tagging our documents. Tagging documents is helpful for organizing documents. We cover how to create and delete custom tags, how to apply and remove tags from documents, and how to organize documents using tags.

Tagging Documents

In this lecture we cover how to delete documents or "move them to the trash" and how to empty the trash. Again, there are several ways to delete a document and each is demonstrated. We also cover how to empty the trash securely.

Deleting Files and Emptying the Trash

In this lecture we cover how to use the handoff, hotspot, and continuity features. Handoff allows us to pick-up what we were doing on our iPhone or iPad on our Mac and vice versa. Personal hotspot allows you to connect to your Mac the internet using your iPhone. Continuity allows you to make and receive calls from your iPhone on your Mac. Dan demonstrates each one of these new features in OS X Yosemite.

Handoff, Personal Hotspot, and Continuity
Backing Up and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite
3 Lectures 13:56

In this lecture we outline the lessons covered in this section of videos covering backing up and troubleshooting. You'll want to be sure to have an external hard drive on hand for setting-up your "time machine" - Apple's back-up system.

Backing Up and Troubleshooting Introduction

In this lecture we cover how to use and access the Time Machine back-up system. Time Machine backs-up all of the data on your computer - photos, documents, videos - to an external hard drive. This is important as hard drives do fail and it's costly to have a third party recover your lost data and recovery is not guaranteed. Dan demonstrates how connect an external hard drive for back-up - although it is mostly automatic once the external hard drive is connected. We also cover how to access your data by "Entering the Time Machine" and how to restore data and files from previous back-ups. On a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air - this feature is called Time Capsule and the back-up may be done wirelessly.

Backing Up with Time Machine

In this lecture we cover a few troubleshooting tips you can try yourself before calling tech support. If the challenge you are having is just a software issue, like an application isn't working quite right, there are steps you can take to try and fix it. Dan walks you through these steps - from rebooting to repairing your disk. If you're having hardware issues, you'll probably need to take your computer into a repair store. Remember before you attempt any repairs, always make sure you have a back-up of your data on an external hard drive.

Troubleshooting Tips
About the Instructor
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