Windows for Mac Users

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If you're a die-hard Mac user who needs to work with Windows, you know that Microsoft's operating system is just different enough from your familiar Mac OS to make the transition less than seamless. Don't waste time fumbling around on your own. Windows for Mac Users will make mastering Windows much easier and less painful.

In this one-of-a-kind book, Cynthia Baron teams up with best-selling Mac author Robin Williams to give you a clear, witty introduction to the PC interface and hardware. You'll learn how to make your cross-platform commute smoother and more productive with Mac-to-Windows keyboard shortcuts and easy-to follow instructions on how to rename and transfer your Mac files to a PC. Save yourself time and frustration by letting the experts be your guide to the world of Windows.

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You have a Mac; you love your Mac. But your job requires you to work with a computer that runs Microsoft Windows 95/98 or Windows NT 4. This unfortunate circumstance means you need to acquire some special skills--the least among them being an ability to cope with Windows' usage that varies greatly from that of the Mac. Windows for Mac Users will show you how to make the transition and where you will need to look for the differences.

The book uses Mac terminology to explain how Windows operates. If you're wondering what the System folder looks like on a Windows 98 machine or how to create an alias under Windows NT, Baron and Williams--unabashed Mac fans--have answers for you.

They also have information on why closing a document and quitting an application are different operations under Windows. They even cover TweakUI--a downloadable utility--as a means of fixing some of Windows' most annoying traits. Unfortunately, the authors sometimes resort too quickly to the "that's beyond the scope of this book" excuse...

Windows for Mac Users also provides information for Mac users who need to share files and other information with Windows users. While their information on color palettes and filename extensions is excellent, they leave out detailed information on networking Macs and PCs together. Nonetheless, Mac users who are out of their element will find this book helpful. --David Wall

About the Author:

Cynthia L. Baron is the author of Creating a Digital Portfolio and the coauthor of Web Animation for Dummies. A designer and typographer, Cynthia teaches computer-related design courses at Northeastern University in Boston. As the technical director of computer graphics there, she also manages several networked, mixed-platform computer labs and is one of the founding members of the University's Multimedia Studies program.

Robin Williams is a fourth-generation Californian on both sides, born in Berkeley and raised in the Bay Area. She lived in Sonoma County for 15 years, then in 1993, she packed up her kids, the dog, and two cats and moved to New Mexico.

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