Read Me First: A Take Control Crash Course
Read Me First: A Take Control Crash Course


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Read Me First: A Take Control Crash Course

Last updated on 2014-09-03

About the Book

Find out what most tech writers hope you already know in this free ebook by Tonya Engst. Tonya takes you behind the scenes, explaining why tech writers write the way they do and helping you decode the directions for everything from Desktops to directories, keys to menus, and paths to preferences.

Although Read Me First: A Take Control Crash Course has plenty of basic information about using the Mac (and a few chapters about iOS), its focus is not on helping inexperienced users master important basics. Instead, it focuses on explaining the assumptions that tech writers make when writing directions. This book aims to make sure people reading technical documentation don't get stuck for the lack of basic know-how, such as how to match the name of your operating system with its numerical version, how to understand written shortcuts for navigating menus, what Control-click means, how to enter something on the command line, how to follow a path, and more.

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About the Author

Tonya Engst
Tonya Engst

Tonya Engst is best known for co-founding the TidBITS online publication in 1990 with her husband Adam Engst. Tonya also co-founded and is Editor in Chief of the Take Control series, published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.

When she’s not working at her Mac or hanging out with family and friends, you can probably find her outside, running, cycling, swimming, skating, or cross-country skiing. She and Adam live near Ithaca, a small city in upstate New York, with their teenage son, Tristan.

Table of Contents

  • Using This Book
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start
  • What Mac OS Am I Running?
  • What’s on the Menu Bar—And Why?
  • Finding the Finder and Opening a Window
  • Changing the View in a Finder Window
  • Where’s My Desktop?
  • Following a Mac Path
  • The Point of the Home Folder
  • Managing the Downloads Folder
  • Finding the User Library Folder
  • Using System Preferences
  • Where in the World Are the Preferences?
  • Working with Files and Folders
  • Keyboard Shortcuts on the Mac
  • Copy, Cut, and Paste
  • Contextual Menus on the Mac
  • Sorting by List—and Why You’d Want To
  • Mac Command Line Basics
  • What Is iOS?
  • Where Is the iOS Settings App?
  • What iOS Version Am I On?
  • About This Book

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