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Jedi Knight
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Hello all,

I recently helped a friend of mine in getting her first computer; she purchased a 15" MacBook Pro (not bad for a first machine, eh?)

Up until now, she's been going to the library to check e-mail and surf a little... She a complete novice.

I'm looking for recommendations for a suitable book or other resource that she can refer in order to build her skill set.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions...

Andrew
 
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Poobah
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The Peachpit Press Visual Quick Start Series are good. They are worth taking a look at and are available on many topics.
http://www.peachpit.com
 
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Andrew,

Certainly, the Peachpit Press Quick Start series of books is a great resource, not only for the OS but for other software as well. Another viable source is already included with the OS. One of the best sources for quick answers to specific tasks and information, whether for novices or long-time users alike, is the Help menu. Especially for a novice.

While in the Finder, it's as simple as typing in a keyword or a question, and the list of results are there. Normally, they are concise and to the point - and, with additional info available.
 
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Poobah
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The Help menu requires you to be at your computer to use it. And you can't flip from page to page easily to review and compare. It is a very different experience from dealing with a book in your hand. Very few beginners are able to absorb everything on that Help screen and then go on to the next, and the next, and the next.
 
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Poobah
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Do a search for Leopard on the Peachpit site. The Little Mac Book is also good.
 
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Poobah
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How about one of the FREE workshops at the closest Apple store near her??? Visit that store's website and sign up for one of these 90 minute classes. If she recently purchased this MacBook Pro from Apple, she may be able to still purchase a One to One membership for weekly lessons.

I completely enjoy the Missing Manual series of books for the Mac Big Grin


Dave McGuire
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