Mac OS X Leopard Training

Mac OS X Leopard is the newest release of Apple’s Operating System Software. The new system allows you to do more than you ever could on previous versions. This document will guide you through Leopard and understanding how the Mac works.


Upon completion of this 1-on-1 training, you will be able to:

New Features


A new feature in the dock that organizes your files/icons instead of them cluttering up your desktop. There is one stack pre-built into your Mac which contains all your downloads and looks like this:

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The most current of your downloads are located closest to the dock. Stacks can display in the following two layouts:

  • Fan Layout

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  • Grid Layout

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Note: When the stack becomes too full in the Fan Layout it automatically switches to the Grid Layout. By right clicking on the stack you can set the stack to keep a certain view or organize by name or date.


Spaces allows you to separate your work space on your Mac. With spaces you can separate your personal life programs from your business programs, or your communications programs from your project programs. By default your Mac will have spaces disabled. To enable it,

1. Click the Apple icon and click System Preferences…

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2. Click Expose & Spaces

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3. Click Spaces located at the top of the screen and then click the Enable Spaces check box. Select how many spaces you want to have.

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NOTE: With Spaces enabled you can press F8 to view all of your spaces as shown below.

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TIP: By clicking on other spaces and opening programs that you want to only be in that space, you can manage your time effectively. For example, you could have spaces organized like this.

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The Finder has a new look. The Finder now organizes your side bar into categories such as DEVICES, SHARED, PLACES, and SEARCHED FOR. These categories make navigating through the Mac a piece of cake.

Side Bar

  • DEVICES are anything hooked up to your Mac such as external hard drives and Flash Memory.

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  • SHARED is where your public files are for sharing with other computers on your network.{

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  • PLACES is the most used out of the categories. It contains all of the original features of the Mac Finder such as Applications, Documents, Pictures, Music, Movies and the Desktop.

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  • SEARCH FOR is a feature that lets you view all the pictures, movies, and music files. In addition, this features lets you create new searches and view past searches.

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Spotlight lets you search not only the files on your computer but also the files on the network. It is located in the top right corner.

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Cover Flow View

The cover flow view is a newly added view in the Finder. The new view allows you to preview your files such as movies, PDF files, music, Microsoft Office products, and Pictures.

1. Located in the top left corner of the finder window, click the button that looks like the following:

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2. The following window displays your files and shows you a quick preview:

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Quick Look

Quick Look lets you preview and access files without opening the software that had originally created the file.

1. Click on the file you want to preview and then click the following Quick Look icon when in the cover flow view.

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2. By clicking on certain files you view them. For example, this is what will pop up when you click the Quick Look action on a video file.

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Allows you to simply setup your mail accounts by automatically detecting mail server settings. Mail also has the new features of a to do list and a notepad. In addition, Mail comes with new email templates, addressing and events add ons.

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Time Machine

Time Machine is the a great new feature, though you need an external hard drive to use it. This feature lets you go back in time to view a file that you may have deleted 15 minutes ago (or 15 months ago) and recover the file.

1. To setup time machine all you need to is plug in an external USB hard drive. The following window will pop up asking you if you want to use this external hard drive for general purposes or to use it for time machine.

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2. Time Machine will then ask you to erase all the contents on the hard drive. Make sure that you have copied anything that was the hard drive that you still want.

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3. Time Machine will now be configured to backup every file on your computer every 15 minutes.

NOTE: If you are using a Macbook Time Machine will not start backing up until you have the laptop plugged in.

4. Any time you need to recover a file that is missing, simply click the Time Machine icon located in your dock.

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5. The following window will pop up:

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6. The multiple Finder windows behind the one you see are the past copies of the folder. On the right hand side of the screen you have a time line which indicates where you are in time. Simply navigate through current Finder window to your folder and scroll back through time to find the file that once existed.

7. If you are having trouble finding which copy of the file that you want, simply double click the file in the time that you are viewing and you will be shown a preview of the file.

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8. When you have found the missing file, click Restore located in the bottom right hand of the screen. If want to bring back a single file from the past click on the file then click Restore. Otherwise, if you don’t select any files, the entire folder and all the files will be set back to that time.^


iChat in Leopard allows you to do more than ever before. You can now have live video chats, share desktops, collaborate on files and even have fun with your web camera with face morphing and back drops.

Additional Resources

Review the Help within Max OS X Leopard

  • Click Finder , on the top menu bar click Help > Mac Help or CMD+Shift+?

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