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Mac Kung Fu: Over 300 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for OS X Lion


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Mac Kung Fu

Over 300 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for OS X Lion


Exploit secret settings and hidden apps, push built-in tools to the limit, radically personalize your Mac experience and tweak your system so it’s just right for you. Every one of these 300 quick and easy tips, tricks, hints, and hacks in Mac Kung Fu makes “it just works” even better. Become the ultimate Mac user, working faster, smarter, and simply have lots more fun with your Apple computer.

Please see our new edition of Mac Kung Fu, updated for OS X Mountain Lion.

Customer Reviews

This book is easy to read and should be a staple for anyone using a Mac. The tips
and tricks are invaluable. There are tips for every user type, from the beginner to
advanced users. I would recommend this book to everyone, from my mom to my
fellow coworkers.

- Wesley Matlock

Mobile Team Developer Lead,

If Mac customizations are an orange, this book must have squeezed out every last
drop of juice there is. I would be surprised if there were more that could be done
that this book does not cover.

- Jon Kurz

President, Dycet, LLC

I love how accessible this book is. No fluff, no filler, and no extraneous content
to weed through. Just lots of interesting things that I could put into practice

- Angela Murtha

IOS Consultant, Girl Meets Bit, LLC

Simply amazing. This is a fantastic book. I’ve been using Macs since the System
6 days, and I learned several new things reading through and trying these tips.
Even very advanced users are going to find something here they didn’t know.

- Patrick Burleson

Owner, BitBQ, LLC

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About this Title

Pages: 320
Published: 2011-11-18
Release: P2.0 (2012-03-27)
ISBN: 978-1-93435-682-1

After you’ve uncovered the basics in Lion, Mac Kung Fu is your next step. You’ll learn how to master everyday tools such as the Dock, Spotlight, Mission Control, Launchpad, and Dashboard. You’ll discover other amazingly useful tools and built-in add-ons that you never knew existed. You’ll customize the OS X interface; refine your workflow; learn valuable security tricks; work better with photos, movies, and documents; and test your Mac hardware. You’ll wow friends with your insanely great Mac knowledge!

Mac Kung Fu details things even Mac Geniuses don’t know. And why should they? Many of the tips in this book exploit settings or experimental features never officially made public.

Each tip in this unique book is deliberately short and readable, and you can dip in and out whenever you want. Most take less than a minute to complete, yet the results last for a lifetime of better computing.

What You Need:

Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) and above.

Contents & Extracts


Keir Thomas is an award-winning author with over ten computing books to his name. A former computer magazine editor, his work has been published and translated around the world, and he has blogged professionally for the MacWorld and PCWorld websites. He previously wrote the best-selling Ubuntu Kung Fu for Pragmatic Bookshelf.