1) First steps (a) Unpacking
When you remove your Macbook Air, Mac Computer from its packaging, you should also find
A Micro-DVI to VGA Adaptor
A Micro-DVI to DVI Adaptor
A Power cord
A 45W MagSafe Power Adaptor
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Pull away the plastic film from the 45W MagSafe Power Adaptor and plug the adaptor into an electric socket. Take the other end of the cable and connect it to the magnetic MagSafe power port on the left hand side of your MacBook Air.
If necessary, extend the MagSafe cable by removing the prongs from the adaptor and inserting the power cord into the socket beneath them. Place the other end of the power cord into the electric socket. To disconnect the MagSafe Power Adaptor from the electricity, first remove the power cord plug from the adaptor.
An amber light on the MagSafe connector shows that the MacBook Air battery is charging. When the battery is fully charged, a green light appears.
(c) Basic features
The basic features of your MacBook Air include
(from right to left) a microphone, camera indicator light, iSight camera, and ambient light sensor at the top edge of the screen
a mono speaker under the keyboard
a power button near the top right hand corner
a trackpad and trackpad button below the keyboard
a sleep indicator light and infrared receiver on the right of the front edge of your MacBook Air
a built-in battery
a MagSafe power port on the left-hand side
a headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, and a Micro-DVI port in a concealed hatch on the right-hand side
2) Initial set-up (a) Setup Assistant
Setup Assistant appears on your screen when you first switch on the MacBook Air. Follow the instructions that lead you to the "Do You Already Own a Mac?" screen. You now have a choice between:
a basic set-up
a set-up that includes the migration of files from another Mac
(b) Basic set-up
Choose "Do not transfer my information now"
Use the prompts to arrange your user account and wireless network
(c) Set-up with file migration from another Mac
For this you need another Mac with an optical disc drive (see "Optical discs" below)
(d) Customise your MacBook Air
Click Apple > System Preferences on the Menu Bar at the top of the screen, or click the System Preferences icon on the Dock at the bottom
Browse and use System Preferences to customise your MacBook Air settings
(e) Using the trackpad
Use the trackpad to
move the pointer
Control the distance you send the pointer across the screen by the speed of your finger on the trackpad:
a slow movement of your finger sends the pointer a short distance
a fast movement sends the pointer a greater distance
If you’re unfamiliar with the trackpad, it’s worth spending time learning its features. These include the following:
Secondary or right clicking. This enables you to use shortcut menu commands. Place two fingers on the trackpad, then click the trackpad button.
Two finger scrolling. Scroll up, down or sideways by making these movements with two fingers on the trackpad.
Some trackpad movements apply to specific applications such as iPhoto:
Two finger pinching. Pinch two fingers together on the trackpad to zoom in or out.
Two finger rotating. Rotate two fingers on the trackpad to turn images and pages.
Three finger swiping. This allows you to turn quickly through the pages of a document or through a series of images.
To fine-tine and set trackpad options:
select Apple > System Preferences
click Keyboard & Mouse
For more details:
select Help > Mac Help
3) Optical discs (a) Using an optical disc drive
Your MacBook Air does not have an optical disc drive. To
install the software that comes with the computer
load other applications and files from a disc
You must use the optical disc drive on another Mac or PC. Alternatively, use a MacBook Air external SuperDrive
(b) Setting up CD/DVD sharing
The Mac or PC you use for CD/DVD sharing must be on the same wired or wireless network. The Mac must also have the Mac OS X v10.4.10 operating system or later. The PC must have Windows XP or Windows Vista.
Your macbook Pro case comes with a Mac OS X Install Disc 1. Use this to load the CD/DVD Sharing Setup. This includes
CD/DVD Sharing software
Remote Install Mac OS X
If you’re using a Mac as your other computer, double click "DVD or CD Sharing Setup" when it appears on screen.
If you’re using a PC, click on "DVD or CD Sharing" in the dialogue box that appears on screen.
In both cases, follow the screen instructions.
(c) Migrating files and applications to your macbook Pro case from another Mac
Load the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 as above
Ensure your MacBook Air and the other Mac are on the same wireless or wired network
On the MacBook Air, follow the instructions of Setup Assistant as far as the "Do You Already Own a Mac?" screen
Click "from another Mac"
Select your wireless network (if you’re working wirelessly) and click "Continue"
On the screen "Connect To Your Other Mac", a passcode now appears
Please note: the following steps apply to the other Mac
In Applications/Utilities, open Migration Assistant and click "Continue"
Choose "To another Mac" as your migration method and click "Continue"
Close all other applications, if you have not done so already, and click "Continue"
Enter the passcode from the MacBook Air screen in the given box