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Video:How to Use iCloud With a Mac

with Nick Richards

iCloud is a service from Apple that allowed you to share files between all of your Apple devices. This video from About.com will teach you how to use the iCloud.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use iCloud With a Mac

Hi, I'm Nick, and today for About.com, I'm going to teach you how to use iCloud on your Mac.

Accessing iCloud

iCloud allows you to back up and share files between your Apple devices. To access iCloud, head to your System Preferences and then select the iCloud option. To use iCloud, you'll need an Apple ID. If you don't have one, click the 'create an Apple ID' option and then enter your location and birthdate.

Creating an iCloud Account

You have the choice of using an exciting email address or creating a new iCloud address. Whichever option you choose, you'll have to enter your name, a password and a security question in order to create the account. Once all of your information has been entered, click the 'Next' button to continue. The last thing you'll have to do is agree to Apple's Terms of Service, so read through the details carefully and then check the 'Agree' box and click continue to complete your account creation.

Linking Applications to iCloud

When you first sign in to iCloud, you'll be able to select which applications are linked to your iCloud account. If you leave both boxes ticked, everything will be connected. Don't worry, you have access to the complete list of applications and can change your mind at any time. To manually select applications, simply tick the boxes next to your preferred choices and your Mac and your iCloud accounts will be merged for that particular application.

Clicking on the 'Manage' option will allow you to manage your stored content. If you find yourself running out of storage space, you can click 'Change Storage Plan' in order to purchase more space. Remember, you get your first 5GB free!

Using iCloud

Now that it's all set up, let's have a look at iCloud in action. If you open the TextEdit app, you'll immediately see the iCloud logo on the homepage. You can add any existing documents to iCloud by dragging them onto this page. If you're writing a new document and want to save the file directly into iCloud, simply select the 'iCloud' option as the save location. Now, you'll be able to see the file in iCloud's 'Manage' menu.

Remember, iCloud syncs in real-time. To see this in action, open Safari and head to www.iCloud.com. Enter your Apple ID and password to log in. Now, you'll be able to access your iCloud files from your web browser. To see iCloud in action, try opening Notes both on your Mac and in Safari and then update them individually - anything you write on one will appear on the other!

Now you know how to use iCloud on your Mac. For more tips and tricks, including how to use Expose, be sure to visit compute.About.com.

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