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Congratulations, you and your MacBook Air
were made for each other.
Say hello to your MacBook Air.
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Built-in iSight camera and iChat
Video chat with friends and
family anywhere in the world.
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isight
Finder
Browse your files
like you browse
your music with
Cover Flow.
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Multi-Touch trackpad
Scroll through files, adjust
images, and enlarge text
using just your fingers.
Swipe
Rotate
Four fingers
swipe
Pinch and
expand
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Scroll
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Time Machine
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your files.
Spotlight
Find anything on
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iPhoto
Share photos on the
web or create books,
cards, and calendars.
iMovie
Make a movie and
share it on the web
with ease.
GarageBand
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song with musicians
on a virtual stage.
iWeb
Build websites with
photos, movies, blogs,
and podcasts.
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Contents
Chapter 1: Ready, Set Up, Go
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Welcome
What’s in the Box
Setting Up Your MacBook Air
Setting Up DVD or CD Sharing
Migrating Information to Your MacBook Air
Getting Additional Information onto Your MacBook Air
Putting Your MacBook Air to Sleep or Shutting It Down
Chapter 2: Life with Your MacBook Air
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Basic Features of Your MacBook Air
Keyboard Features of Your MacBook Air
Ports on Your MacBook Air
Using the Trackpad and Keyboard
Running Your MacBook Air on Battery Power
Getting Answers
Chapter 3: Problem, Meet Solution
40 Problems That Prevent You from Using Your MacBook Air
43 Using Apple Hardware Test
Contents
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50
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52
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Reinstalling Software Using Remote Install Mac OS X
Reinstalling Software Using the MacBook Air SuperDrive
Problems with AirPort Extreme Wireless Communication
Problems with Your Internet Connection
Keeping Your Software Up to Date
Learning More, Service, and Support
Locating Your Product Serial Number
Chapter 4: Last, but Not Least
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Important Safety Information
Important Handling Information
Understanding Ergonomics
Apple and the Environment
Regulatory Compliance Information
Looking for Something?
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Mac Help
Migration Assistant
Welcome
Congratulations on purchasing a MacBook Air. Your MacBook Air is streamlined for
portability and a completely wireless experience. Read this chapter for help getting
started setting up and using your MacBook Air.
 If you know you won’t be migrating information from another Mac, and you’d like to
get started using your MacBook Air right away, you can follow the Setup Assistant to
set up your MacBook Air quickly.
 If you want to migrate information from another Mac or get content from DVDs or
CDs onto your MacBook Air, you can set up one or more Mac or Windows computers
to partner with your MacBook Air. Then follow the Setup Assistant and use DVD or
CD Sharing to use your MacBook Air and the information from the other computer.
Important: Read all the installation instructions (and the safety information starting on
page 57) carefully before you first use your computer.
Many answers to questions can be found on your computer in Mac Help. For
information about getting Mac Help, see “Getting Answers” on page 36. Apple may
release new versions and updates to its system software, so the images shown in this
book may be slightly different from what you see onscreen.
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What’s in the Box
®
AC
plug
AC power cord
45W MagSafe Power Adapter
Important: Remove the protective film covering the 45W MagSafe Power Adapter
before setting up your MacBook Air.
About Optical Discs
Although your MacBook Air doesn’t have an optical disc drive, it does include DVD
discs with important software. You can easily access this software, as well as install
applications and access data from other optical discs, using the optical disc drive on
another Mac or Windows computer and the Remote Disc feature on your MacBook Air.
You can also use the optional MacBook Air SuperDrive, an external optical disc drive.
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Setting Up Your MacBook Air
Your MacBook Air is designed so that you can set it up quickly and start using it right
away. The following pages take you through the setup process, including these tasks:
 Plugging in the 45W MagSafe Power Adapter
 Turning on your MacBook Air and using the trackpad
 Using Setup Assistant to access a network and configure a user account and other
settings
 Setting up the Mac OS X desktop and preferences
Step 1: Plug in the 45W MagSafe Power Adapter to provide power to the
MacBook Air and charge the battery.
Insert the AC plug of your power adapter into a power outlet and the MagSafe
connector into the MagSafe power port, located on the back left side of your
MacBook Air. As the MagSafe connector gets close to the port, you’ll feel a magnetic
pull drawing it in.
AC plug
MagSafe connector
®
AC power cord
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¯ MagSafe power port
To extend the reach of your power adapter, replace the AC plug with the AC power
cord. First pull the AC plug up to remove it from the adapter, and then attach the
included AC power cord to the adapter, making sure it is seated firmly. Plug the other
end into a power outlet.
When disconnecting the power adapter from an outlet or from the computer, pull the
plug, not the cord.
When you connect the power adapter to your MacBook Air, an indicator light on the
MagSafe connector starts to glow. An amber light indicates that the battery is
charging. A green light indicates that the battery is fully charged. If you don’t see a
light, make sure the connector is seated properly and the power adapter is plugged
into a power outlet.
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Step 2: Press the power (®) button briefly to turn on your MacBook Air.
When you turn on the computer, you’ll hear a tone and see the sleep indicator light
turn on.
® Power button
®
Trackpad
Sleep indicator light
Trackpad button
It takes the computer a few moments to start up. After it starts up, Setup Assistant
opens automatically.
If your computer doesn’t turn on, see “If your MacBook Air doesn’t turn on or start up”
on page 42.
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Step 3: Configure your MacBook Air with Setup Assistant
The first time you turn on your MacBook Air, Setup Assistant starts. Setup Assistant
helps you enter your Internet information and set up a user account on your
MacBook Air. You can also migrate information from another Mac during setup.
Note: If you don’t use Setup Assistant to transfer information when you first start up
your MacBook Air, you can do it later using Migration Assistant. Go to the Applications
folder, open Utilities, and double-click Migration Assistant.
To set up your MacBook Air:
1 In the Setup Assistant, follow the onscreen instructions until you get to the “Do You
Already Own a Mac?” screen.
2 Do a basic setup or a setup with migration:
 To do a basic setup, select “Do not transfer my information now” and click Continue.
Follow the remaining prompts to select your wireless network, set up an account,
and exit Setup Assistant.
 To do a setup with migration, partner with another Mac that has an optical drive and
supports DVD or CD Sharing. (You may have to install software if the other Mac
doesn’t have Mac OS X version 10.5.5 or later installed. See “Setting Up DVD or CD
Sharing” on page 15.) Then go to page 16, “Migrating Information to Your
MacBook Air.”
Note: After you start Setup Assistant on your MacBook Air, you can leave it midprocess without quitting, move to the other computer if you need to install the DVD or
CD Sharing Setup software, and then return to your MacBook Air to complete the
setup.
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Step 4: Customize the Mac OS X desktop and set preferences.
You can quickly make the desktop look the way you want using System Preferences.
Choose Apple () > System Preferences from the menu bar or click the System
Preferences icon in the Dock. System Preferences is your command center for most
settings on your MacBook Air.
Menu bar
Dock
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Help menu
Finder icon
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Spotlight search icon
System Preferences icon
Setting Up DVD or CD Sharing
You can partner your MacBook Air with another Mac or Windows computer that has an
optical disc drive and is on the same wired or wireless network. Use this other
computer to:
 Migrate information to your MacBook Air, if the other computer is a Mac (see
“Migrating Information to Your MacBook Air” on page 16)
 Share the contents of DVDs or CDs or install applications (see “Sharing Discs with
DVD or CD Sharing” on page 19)
 Remotely install Mac OS X (see “Reinstalling Software Using Remote Install Mac OS X”
on page 44) or use Disk Utility (see “Using Disk Utility” on page 48)
The computer with the optical drive can be a Mac with Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later, or a
Windows XP or Windows Vista computer. If the Mac has Mac OS X v10.5.5 or later, DVD
or CD Sharing is already installed. You can partner with more than one other computer.
Mac or Windows computer
MacBook Air
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If the other computer is a Windows computer or a Mac with a Mac OS X version earlier
than 10.5.5, insert the Mac OS X Install DVD that came with your MacBook Air to install
the DVD or CD Sharing Setup, which includes software for DVD or CD Sharing,
Migration Assistant, and Remote Install Mac OS X:
 If the other computer is a Windows computer, choose “DVD or CD Sharing” from the
Install Assistant that starts automatically.
 If the other computer is a Mac, double-click the DVD or CD Sharing Setup package on
the Mac OS X Install DVD.
Important: After you install the DVD or CD Sharing Setup package on your other Mac,
make sure you have the latest software by choosing Apple () > Software Update.
Install any available Mac OS X updates.
Migrating Information to Your MacBook Air
You can migrate existing user accounts, files, applications, and other information from
another Mac computer.
To migrate information to your MacBook Air:
1 Configure the other Mac (see page 15), and then make sure that it is turned on and
that it is on the same wired or wireless network as your MacBook Air.
Check the AirPort (Z) status icon in the menu bar at the top of the other Mac screen
to see what wireless network you’re connected to. Choose the same network for your
MacBook Air during setup.
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2 On your MacBook Air, follow the Setup Assistant onscreen instructions until you get to
the “Do You Already Own a Mac?” screen. Select “from another Mac” as the source of
the information you want to transfer. On the next screen, choose your wireless
network, and then click Continue.
3 When you see the Connect To Your Other Mac screen with a passcode displayed, do
the remaining steps on the other Mac. You will enter the passcode in Migration
Assistant on the other Mac.
4 On the other Mac, open Migration Assistant (located in /Applications/Utilities/), and
then click Continue.
5 When you are prompted for a migration method, select “To another Mac”, and then
click Continue.
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6 On the other Mac, quit any other open applications and then click Continue.
7 On the other Mac, enter the six-digit passcode displayed in Setup Assistant on your
MacBook Air.
You can choose the items (user accounts, documents, movies, music, photos, and so
on) that you want to migrate to your MacBook Air.
8 Click Continue to start the migration.
Important: Don’t use the other Mac for anything else until the migration is complete.
If the connection is terminated during migration, you can resume the migration at a
later time using Migration Assistant on your MacBook Air and your other Mac.
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Getting Additional Information onto Your MacBook Air
Your MacBook Air comes with several applications installed, including the iLife suite.
Many other applications can be downloaded from the Internet. If you want to install
third-party applications from a DVD or CD, you can:
 Install applications onto your MacBook Air or share information using the optical disc
drive on another Mac or Windows computer (if DVD or CD Sharing is set up and
enabled). Read the next section for more information.
 Attach the MacBook Air SuperDrive (an external USB optical disc drive available
separately at www.apple.com/store) to the USB port on your MacBook Air, and insert
your installation disc.
Sharing Discs with DVD or CD Sharing
You can enable DVD or CD Sharing on a Mac or Windows computer to use the Remote
Disc feature of MacBook Air. Remote Disc allows you to share the discs you insert into
the optical disc drive of the other computer. Some discs, such as DVD movies and
game discs, may be copy-protected and therefore unusable through DVD or CD
Sharing.
Make sure DVD or CD Sharing is already set up on any Mac or Windows computer you
want to partner with. See page 15 for information.
To enable DVD or CD Sharing, if your other computer is a Mac:
1 Make sure the other Mac and your MacBook Air are on the same wireless network.
Check the AirPort (Z) status icon in the menu bar to see what network you’re
connected to.
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2 On the other Mac, choose Apple () > System Preferences and then open Sharing.
3 In the Sharing panel, select “DVD or CD Sharing” in the Service list. If you want other
users to request permission to share a DVD or CD, select “Ask me before allowing
others to use my DVD drive.”
To enable DVD or CD Sharing, if your other computer is a Windows computer:
1 Make sure your MacBook Air and the Windows computer are on the same wireless
network.
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2 On the Windows computer, open the DVD or CD Sharing control panel.
3 Select “Enable DVD or CD Sharing.” If you want other users to request permission to
share a DVD or CD, select “Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive.”
To use a shared DVD or CD:
1 On the other computer, insert a DVD or CD into the optical disc drive.
2 On your MacBook Air, select the Remote Disc when it appears under Devices in the
Finder sidebar. If you see the “Ask to use” button, click it.
3 On the other computer, when prompted, click Accept to allow your MacBook Air to use
the DVD or CD.
4 On your MacBook Air, use the disc as you normally would once it becomes available.
If you try to shut down the other computer or eject the shared DVD or CD while your
MacBook Air is using it, you’ll see a message telling you that the disc is in use. To
proceed, click Continue.
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Putting Your MacBook Air to Sleep or Shutting It Down
When you finish working with your MacBook Air, you can put it to sleep or shut it
down.
Putting Your MacBook Air to Sleep
If you’ll be away from your MacBook Air for only a short time, put it to sleep. When the
computer is in sleep, you can quickly wake it and bypass the startup process.
To put your MacBook Air to sleep, do one of the following:
 Close the display.
 Choose Apple () > Sleep from the menu bar.
 Press the power (®) button and click Sleep in the dialog that appears.
 Choose Apple () > System Preferences, click Energy Saver, and set a sleep timer.
NOTICE: If your MacBook Air has a hard drive, wait a few seconds until the sleep
indicator light on the front of your MacBook Air starts pulsing (indicating that the
computer is in sleep and the hard disk has stopped spinning) before you move your
MacBook Air. Moving your computer while the hard disk is spinning can damage it,
causing loss of data or the inability to start up from the hard disk.
To wake your MacBook Air:
 If the display is closed, simply open it to wake your MacBook Air.
 If the display is already open, press the power (®) button or any key on the keyboard.
When your MacBook Air wakes from sleep, your applications, documents, and
computer settings are exactly as you left them.
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Shutting Down Your MacBook Air
If you aren’t going to use your MacBook Air for a day or two, it’s best to shut it down.
The sleep indicator light goes on briefly during the shutdown process.
To shut down your MacBook Air, do one of the following:
 Choose Apple () > Shut Down from the menu bar.
 Press the power (®) button and click Shut Down in the dialog that appears.
If you plan to store your MacBook Air for an extended period of time, see “Important
Handling Information” on page 61 for information about how to prevent your battery
from draining completely.
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Mac Help
Mac OS X
Basic Features of Your MacBook Air
Ambient light sensor
iSight camera
Camera indicator light
Microphone
Mono speaker
(under keyboard)
®
Battery
(built-in)
Trackpad
Trackpad button
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Sleep indicator light
Infrared (IR) receiver
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® Power button
Ambient light sensor
The ambient light sensor adjusts the illuminated keyboard and the display brightness
according to the available light in your operating environment.
Built-in iSight camera and camera indicator light
Videoconference with others using iChat, snap pictures with Photo Booth, or capture
video with iMovie. The indicator light glows green when the iSight camera is operating.
Built-in microphone
Capture sounds directly with the microphone (located to the right of the iSight camera)
or talk with friends live using the included iChat application.
Built-in mono speaker
Listen to music, movies, games, and multimedia files.
Built-in rechargeable battery
Run your MacBook Air using battery power when you are away from a power outlet.
Trackpad and trackpad button
Move the pointer, click, double-click, scroll, zoom, and more, using one or more fingers
on the trackpad. For details, see “Using the Trackpad and Keyboard” on page 32.
Sleep indicator light
A white light pulses when your MacBook Air is in sleep.
Built-in infrared (IR) receiver
Use an optional Apple Remote (available separately) with the IR receiver to control Front
Row and Keynote on your MacBook Air.
®
Power button
Turn your MacBook Air on or off, or put it to sleep. Press and hold to restart your
MacBook Air during troubleshooting.
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Keyboard Features of Your MacBook Air
®
Function (fn) key
esc
F1
Brightness
keys
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F2
F3
F4
F5
keys
F6
F7
Keyboard illumination
keys
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C Media
’ Media
Dashboard
key
Exposé
key
F8
Eject key
F9
F10
F11
F12
— Mute
- Volume
key
keys
Function (fn) key
Press and hold this key to activate customized actions assigned to the function keys
(F1 to F12). To learn how to customize function keys, choose Help > Mac Help from the
menu bar and search for “function keys.”
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Brightness keys (F1, F2)
Increase ( ) or decrease ( ) the brightness of your MacBook Air display.
Exposé key (F3)
Open Exposé for quick access to all your open windows.
Dashboard key (F4)
Open Dashboard to access your widgets.
o
Keyboard illumination keys (F5, F6)
Increase (o) or decrease (ø) the brightness of the keyboard illumination.
’
Media keys (F7, F8, F9)
Rewind (]), play or pause (’), or fast-forward (‘) a song, movie, or slideshow.
—
Mute key (F10)
Mute the sound coming from the built-in speaker or headphone jack.
-
Volume keys (F11, F12)
Increase (-) or decrease (–) the volume of the sound coming from the built-in speaker
or headphone jack.
C
Media Eject key
Press and hold this key to eject a disc from a MacBook Air SuperDrive (available
separately). You can also eject a disc by dragging its icon from the desktop to the Trash.
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Ports on Your MacBook Air
®
Port hatch
f Headphone
jack
¯ MagSafe power port
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d USB 2.0 port
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£ Mini DisplayPort
¯
MagSafe power port
Plug in the included 45W MagSafe Power Adapter to recharge the MacBook Air battery.
Port hatch
Open the port hatch to use the headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, and Mini DisplayPort.
f
Headphone jack
Connect external speakers or headphones.
d
USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 port
Connect an external optical disc drive, USB to Ethernet adapter, modem, iPod, mouse,
keyboard, and more to your MacBook Air. You can also connect USB 1.1 devices.
£
Mini DisplayPort (video out)
Connect an external display or projection device that uses a DVI or VGA connector. You
can purchase adapters for supported video formats.
Note: Adapters and other accessories are sold separately at www.apple.com/store.
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Using the Trackpad and Keyboard
Use the trackpad to move the pointer and to scroll, tap, double-tap, and drag. The
speed of the pointer varies based on how quickly you move your finger across the
trackpad. To fine-tune the tracking speed and set other trackpad options, choose Apple
() > System Preferences and then click Trackpad.
Here are some useful keyboard and trackpad tips and shortcuts:
 Forward deleting deletes characters to the right of the insertion point. Pressing the
Delete key deletes characters to the left of the insertion point.
To forward delete, hold down the Function (fn) key while you press the Delete key.
 Two-finger scrolling lets you drag to scroll quickly up, down, or sideways in the active
window. This option is on by default.
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 Secondary clicking or “right-clicking” lets you access shortcut menu commands.
To secondary click, place two fingers on the trackpad while clicking the trackpad
button. If Tap to Click is enabled, just tap two fingers on the trackpad.
You can also secondary click by holding down the Control key while you click.
The following trackpad gestures work in certain applications. When you perform these
gestures, slide your fingers lightly on the surface of the trackpad. For more information,
see Trackpad preferences or choose Help > Mac Help and search for “trackpad.”
 Two-finger pinching lets you zoom in or out on PDFs, images, photos, and more.
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 Two-finger rotating lets you rotate photos, pages, and more.
 Three-finger swiping lets you rapidly page through documents, move to the previous
or next photo, and more.
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 Four-finger swiping works in the Finder and all applications. Swiping four fingers to
the left or right activates Application Switcher so you can cycle through open
applications. Swiping four fingers up or down causes Exposé to show the desktop or
display all open windows.
Running Your MacBook Air on Battery Power
When the 45W MagSafe Power Adapter isn’t connected, your MacBook Air draws
power from its built-in rechargeable battery. The length of time that you can run your
MacBook Air varies, depending on the applications you use and the external devices
connected to your MacBook Air. Turning off features such as AirPort Extreme or
Bluetooth® wireless technology can help conserve battery charge.
If the battery runs low while you are working, attach the power adapter that came with
your MacBook Air and let the battery recharge. When the power adapter is connected,
the battery recharges whether the computer is on, off, or in sleep. The battery
recharges more quickly, however, when the computer is off or in sleep.
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You can determine whether the battery needs charging by looking at the indicator
light on the MagSafe connector. If the light is glowing amber, the battery needs to be
charged. If the light is glowing green, the battery is fully charged.
You can also check the amount of battery charge left by viewing the Battery (
)
status icon in the menu bar. The battery charge level displayed is based on the amount
of power left in the battery with the applications, peripheral devices, and system
settings you are currently using.
To conserve battery power, close applications and disconnect peripheral devices not in
use, and adjust your Energy Saver settings. For more information about battery
conservation and performance tips, go to www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html.
Important: The battery is replaceable only by an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
Getting Answers
Much more information about using your MacBook Air is available in Mac Help and on
the Internet at www.apple.com/support/macbookair.
To get Mac Help:
1 Click the Finder icon in the Dock (the bar of icons along the edge of the screen).
2 Click the Help menu in the menu bar and do one of the following:
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a Type a question or term in the Search field, and select a topic from the returned list
or select Show All Results to see all topics.
b Choose Mac Help to open the Mac Help window, where you can click links or type a
search question.
More Information
For more information about using your MacBook Air, see the following:
To learn about
See
Troubleshooting your
MacBook Air if you have a
problem
Chapter 3, “Problem, Meet Solution,” on page 39.
Finding service and support for
your MacBook Air
“Learning More, Service, and Support” on page 52. Or go to the
Apple Support website at www.apple.com/support/
macbookair.
Using Mac OS X
The Mac OS X website at www.apple.com/macosx.
Or search for “Mac OS X” in Mac Help.
Moving from a PC to a Mac
“How to move to Mac” at www.apple.com/getamac/
movetomac.
Using iLife applications
The iLife website at www.apple.com/ilife. Or open an iLife
application, open Help for the application, and then type a
question in the search field.
Changing System Preferences
System Preferences by choosing Apple (K) > System
Preferences. Or search for “system preferences” in Mac Help.
Using your trackpad
Mac Help and search for “trackpad.” Or open System
Preferences, and then click Trackpad.
Using the iSight camera
Mac Help and search for “iSight.”
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To learn about
See
Using AirPort Extreme wireless
technology
The AirPort Support page at www.apple.com/support/airport.
Or open Mac Help and search for “AirPort.”
Using Bluetooth wireless
technology
The Bluetooth Support page at www.apple.com/support/
bluetooth. Or open the Bluetooth File Exchange application,
located in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder,
and choose Help > Bluetooth Help.
Connecting a printer
Mac Help and search for “printing.”
USB connections
Mac Help and search for “USB.”
Connecting to the Internet
Mac Help and search for “Internet.”
Connecting an external display
Mac Help and search for “DisplayPort.”
Apple Remote (sold separately
at www.apple.com/store)
Mac Help and search for “remote.”
Front Row
Mac Help and search for “Front Row.”
Specifications
The Specifications page at www.apple.com/support/specs. Or
open System Profiler by choosing Apple (K) > About This Mac
from the menu bar, and then click More Info.
Apple news, free downloads,
and online catalogs of software
and hardware
The Apple website at www.apple.com.
Instructions, technical support,
and manuals for Apple products
The Apple Support website at www.apple.com/support.
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Mac Help
help
Occasionally you may have a problem while working with your MacBook Air. Read on
to find some solutions to try when you have a problem. You can also find more
troubleshooting information in Mac Help and on the MacBook Air Support website at
www.apple.com/support/macbookair.
If you experience a problem with your MacBook Air, there’s usually a simple and quick
solution. Think about the conditions that led up to the problem. Making a note of
things you did before the problem occurred will help you narrow down possible causes
and find the answers you need. Things to note include:
 The applications you were using when the problem occurred. Problems that occur
only with a specific application might indicate that the application is not compatible
with the version of the Mac OS installed on your computer.
 Any new software that you installed, especially software that added items to the
System folder.
Problems That Prevent You from Using Your MacBook Air
If your MacBook Air doesn’t respond or the pointer doesn’t move
On rare occasions, an application might “freeze” on the screen. Mac OS X provides a
way to quit a frozen application without restarting your computer.
To force an application to quit:
1 Press Command (x)-Option-Esc or choose Apple () > Force Quit from the menu bar.
The Force Quit Applications dialog appears with the application selected.
2 Click Force Quit.
The application quits, leaving all other applications open.
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If you need to, you can also relaunch the Finder from this dialog.
Next, save your work in any open applications and restart the computer to make sure
the problem is entirely cleared up.
If the problem occurs frequently, choose Help > Mac Help from the menu bar at the
top of the screen. Search for the word “freeze” to get help for instances when the
computer freezes or doesn’t respond.
If the problem occurs only when you use a particular application, check with the
application’s manufacturer to see if it is compatible with your computer. To get support
and contact information for the software that came with your MacBook Air, go to
www.apple.com/guide.
If you know an application is compatible, you might need to reinstall your computer’s
system software. See “Reinstalling the Software That Came with Your MacBook Air” on
page 46.
If your MacBook Air freezes during startup, or you see a flashing question mark, or
the display is dark and the sleep indicator light is glowing steadily (not in sleep)
The flashing question mark usually means that the computer can’t find the system
software on the hard disk or on any disks attached to the computer.
 Wait a minute or two. If the computer still doesn’t start up, shut it down by pressing
and holding the power (®) button for about 8 to 10 seconds. Disconnect all external
peripherals and try restarting by pressing the power (®) button while holding down
the Option key. When your computer starts up, click the hard disk icon, and then click
the right arrow. After the computer starts up, open System Preferences and click
Startup Disk. Select a local Mac OS X System folder.
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 If that doesn’t work, try using Disk Utility to repair the disk. For more information, see
“Using Disk Utility” on page 48.
If your MacBook Air doesn’t turn on or start up
Try the following suggestions in order until your computer turns on:
 Make sure the power adapter is plugged into the computer and into a functioning
power outlet. Be sure to use the 45W MagSafe Power Adapter that came with your
MacBook Air. If the power adapter stops charging and you don’t see the indicator
light on the power adapter turn on when you plug in the power cord, try unplugging
and replugging the power cord to reseat it.
 Check whether the battery needs to be recharged. If the light on the power adapter
glows amber, the battery is charging. See “Running Your MacBook Air on Battery
Power” on page 35.
 If the problem persists, return the computer to its factory settings (while still
preserving your files) by pressing the left Shift key, left Option (alt) key, left Control
key, and the power (®) button simultaneously for five seconds until the computer
restarts.
 If the problem still persists, press and release the power (®) button and immediately
hold down the Command (x), Option, P, and R keys simultaneously until you hear
the startup sound a second time. This resets the parameter RAM (PRAM).
 If you still can’t start up your MacBook Air, see “Learning More, Service, and Support”
on page 52 for information about contacting Apple for service.
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If the screen suddenly goes black or your MacBook Air freezes
Try restarting your MacBook Air.
1 Unplug any devices that are connected to your MacBook Air, except the power
adapter.
2 Press the power (®) button to restart the system.
3 Let the battery charge to at least 10 percent before plugging in any external devices
and resuming your work.
To see how much the battery has charged, look at the Battery (
menu bar.
) status icon in the
The screen might also darken if you have energy saver features set for the battery.
If your MacBook Air can’t connect to another computer’s optical disc drive
To use services such as Migration Assistant, DVD or CD Sharing, Remote Install
Mac OS X, and iTunes music sharing, both your MacBook Air and the other computer
must be connected to the same network. If your MacBook Air is connected wirelessly
and the other computer is connected to a third-party router by Ethernet, check your
router documentation to make sure it supports bridging a wireless to wired
connection.
Using Apple Hardware Test
If you suspect a problem with the MacBook Air hardware, you can use the Apple
Hardware Test application to help determine if there’s a problem with one of the
computer’s components, such as the memory or processor.
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To use Apple Hardware Test on your MacBook Air:
1 Disconnect all external devices from your computer except the power adapter.
2 Restart your MacBook Air while holding down the D key.
3 When the Apple Hardware Test chooser screen appears, select the language you want
to use.
4 Press the Return key or click the right arrow button.
5 When the Apple Hardware Test main screen appears (after about 45 seconds), follow
the onscreen instructions.
6 If Apple Hardware Test detects a problem, it displays an error code. Make a note of the
error code before pursuing support options. If Apple Hardware Test doesn’t detect a
hardware failure, the problem may be software related.
If this procedure doesn’t work, you can open Apple Hardware Test using Remote Install
OS X and the Applications Install DVD. For more information about Apple Hardware Test,
see the Apple Hardware Test Read Me file on the Applications Install DVD that came
with your computer.
Reinstalling Software Using Remote Install Mac OS X
Use Remote Install Mac OS X on the partner computer whose optical disc drive you
want to share (installation instructions for this and other components of the DVD or CD
Sharing Setup software are on page 15) when you want to do one of the following
tasks on your MacBook Air:
 Reinstall Mac OS X and other software that came with your MacBook Air
 Reset your password
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 Use Disk Utility to repair the MacBook Air hard disk
Note: You can also do these tasks using a MacBook Air SuperDrive (available separately
at www.apple.com/store). See page 49.
To use Remote Install Mac OS X:
1 Insert the Mac OS X Install DVD into the optical disc drive of the other computer.
2 If the other computer is a Mac, open /Applications/Utilities/Remote Install Mac OS X.
(Unless the other Mac already has Mac OS X v10.5.5, you might need to install this
application.) On Windows, choose “Remote Install Mac OS X” from the Install Assistant.
3 Read the introduction and click Continue.
4 Select the installation disc you want to use, and click Continue.
5 Select a network connection: AirPort, if you are using an AirPort network, or Ethernet, if
the other computer is on an Ethernet network and you have an optional Apple USB
Ethernet Adapter connecting your MacBook Air to the same network. Click Continue.
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6 Restart your MacBook Air and hold down the Option key as it starts up, until you see a
list of available startup disks.
7 Click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.
8 If you chose AirPort as your network in step 5, on your MacBook Air choose your
AirPort network from the pop-up list.
If the network is secure, you are prompted for a password. You can enter a private
network name by choosing the ellipsis (...) and typing the name.
9 If you chose AirPort as your network in step 5, when you see the AirPort status icon
indicating signal strength, click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.
10 On your MacBook Air, click the arrow button beneath the installer icon and then do
one of the following:
 If you want to reinstall Mac OS X, go to “Reinstalling the Software That Came with
Your MacBook Air” on page 46.
 If you forgot your password and need to reset it, go to “Resetting Your Password” on
page 48.
 If you want to run Disk Utility, go to “Using Disk Utility” on page 48.
Reinstalling the Software That Came with Your MacBook Air
You can use the software installation discs that came with your computer to reinstall
Mac OS X and any applications that came with your computer. Use the Mac OS X Install
DVD to reinstall Mac OS X. You can choose “Archive and Install,” which saves your
existing files and settings, or “Erase and Install,” which erases all your data.
Important: If you want to reinstall the bundled applications, use DVD or CD Sharing
with the Applications Install DVD. See “Setting Up DVD or CD Sharing” on page 15.
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Before you install Mac OS X:
1 Back up your essential files.
Apple recommends that you back up the information on your hard disk before
restoring software. You can do this by connecting the MacBook Air SuperDrive and
burning important information to DVDs or CDs, or by attaching an external hard drive
to the USB port on your MacBook Air. Apple is not responsible for any lost data.
2 Make sure your power adapter is connected and plugged in.
To install Mac OS X using a partner computer:
1 Follow the procedure for using Remote Install Mac OS X beginning on page 45.
2 Click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.
Status messages appear on the other computer’s screen during installation.
3 Click Customize to select what to install, or click Install to perform a basic installation.
4 Follow the onscreen instructions, selecting your MacBook Air as the destination volume
for installation.
Note: To restore Mac OS X on your computer to the original factory settings, click
Options in the “Select a Destination” pane of the Installer, and then select “Erase and
Install.” This option erases your MacBook Air hard disk, so be sure you’ve backed up
important information. If you choose this option, you’ll need to use DVD or CD Sharing
and the Applications Install DVD to reinstall the bundled applications.
5 Click OK in Remote Install Mac OS X, and, when installation is done, click Quit to exit
Remote Install Mac OS X.
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Resetting Your Password
You can reset your administrator password and passwords for all other accounts.
To reset your password, using a partner computer and Remote Install Mac OS X:
1 Follow the procedure for using Remote Install Mac OS X beginning on page 45.
2 Click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.
3 On your MacBook Air, choose Utilities > Reset Password from the menu bar and follow
the onscreen instructions. When you finish, quit Mac OS X Installer.
4 On the other computer, click Quit to exit Remote Install Mac OS X.
Using Disk Utility
When you need to repair, verify, or erase your MacBook Air hard disk, use Disk Utility by
sharing the optical disc drive of another computer.
To use Disk Utility from a partner computer:
1 Follow the procedure for using Remote Install Mac OS X beginning on page 45.
2 Click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.
3 On your MacBook Air, choose Installer > Open Disk Utility and then follow the
instructions in the First Aid pane to see if Disk Utility can repair the disk. When you
finish, quit Mac OS X Installer on your MacBook Air.
4 On the other computer, click Quit to exit Remote Install Mac OS X.
If using Disk Utility doesn’t help, try reinstalling your computer’s system software. See
“Reinstalling the Software That Came with Your MacBook Air” on page 46.
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Reinstalling Software Using the MacBook Air SuperDrive
To install Mac OS X and the applications that came with your MacBook Air, using a
MacBook Air SuperDrive:
1 Connect the MacBook Air SuperDrive to your MacBook Air and insert the Mac OS X
Install DVD to install Mac OS X or the Applications Install DVD to install the bundled
applications.
2 To install Mac OS X, double-click Install Mac OS X. To install applications, double-click
Install Bundled Software.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions, selecting your MacBook Air as the destination volume
for installation.
Note: To restore Mac OS X on your computer to the original factory settings, click
Options in the “Select a Destination” pane of the Installer, and then select “Erase and
Install.”
To reset your password, using a MacBook Air SuperDrive:
1 Connect the MacBook Air SuperDrive to your MacBook Air and insert the Mac OS X
Install DVD.
2 Restart your MacBook Air and hold down the C key as it starts up.
3 Choose Utilities > Reset Password from the menu bar. Follow the onscreen instructions.
To use Disk Utility from a MacBook Air SuperDrive:
1 Connect the MacBook Air SuperDrive to your MacBook Air and insert the Mac OS X
Install DVD.
2 Restart your MacBook Air and hold down the C key as it starts up.
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3 Choose Installer > Open Disk Utility. When Disk Utility opens, follow the instructions in
the First Aid pane.
Problems with AirPort Extreme Wireless Communication
If you have trouble using AirPort Extreme wireless communication:
 Make sure the computer or network you are trying to connect to is running and has a
wireless access point.
 Make sure you have properly configured the software according to the instructions
that came with your base station or access point.
 Make sure you are within range of the other computer or the network. Nearby
electronic devices or metal structures can interfere with wireless communication and
reduce this range. Repositioning or rotating the computer might improve reception.
 Check the AirPort (Z) status icon in the menu bar. Up to four bars appear, indicating
signal strength. If signal strength is low, try changing your location.
 See AirPort Help (choose Help > Mac Help, and then choose Library > AirPort Help
from the menu bar). Also see the instructions that came with the wireless device for
more information.
Problems with Your Internet Connection
Your MacBook Air has a Network Setup Assistant application to help you set up an
Internet connection. Open System Preferences and click Network. Click the “Assist me”
button to open Network Setup Assistant.
If you have trouble with your Internet connection, try using Network Diagnostics.
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To use Network Diagnostics:
1 Choose Apple () > System Preferences.
2 Click Network and then click “Assist me.”
3 Click Diagnostics to open Network Diagnostics.
4 Follow the onscreen instructions.
If Network Diagnostics can’t resolve the problem, there may be a problem with the
Internet service provider (ISP) you are trying to connect to, with an external device you
are using to connect to your ISP, or with the server you are trying to access.
If you have two or more computers sharing an Internet connection, be sure that your
wireless network is set up properly. You need to know if your ISP provides only one IP
address or if it provides multiple IP addresses, one for each computer.
If only one IP address is provided, then you must have a router capable of sharing the
connection, also known as network address translation (NAT) or “IP masquerading.”
For setup information, check the documentation provided with your router or ask the
person who set up your network. You can use an AirPort Base Station to share one
IP address among multiple computers. For information about using an AirPort Base
Station, check Mac Help or visit the Apple AirPort website at
www.apple.com/support/airport.
If you cannot resolve the issue using these steps, contact your ISP or network
administrator.
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Keeping Your Software Up to Date
You can connect to the Internet and automatically download and install the latest free
software versions, drivers, and other enhancements from Apple.
When you are connected to the Internet, Software Update checks Apple’s Internet
servers to see if any updates are available for your computer. You can set your
MacBook Air to check the Apple servers periodically, and download and install updated
software.
To check for updated software:
1 Open System Preferences.
2 Click the Software Update icon and follow the instructions on the screen.
 For more information, search for “Software Update” in Mac Help.
 For the latest information about Mac OS X, go to www.apple.com/macosx.
Learning More, Service, and Support
Your MacBook Air does not have any user-serviceable or user-replaceable parts. If you
need service, contact Apple or take your MacBook Air to an Apple Authorized Service
Provider. You can find more information about the MacBook Air through online
resources, onscreen help, System Profiler, or Apple Hardware Test.
Online Resources
For online service and support information, go to www.apple.com/support. Choose
your country from the pop-up menu. You can search the AppleCare Knowledge Base,
check for software updates, or get help on Apple’s discussion forums.
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Onscreen Help
You can often find answers to your questions, as well as instructions and
troubleshooting information, in Mac Help. Choose Help > Mac Help.
System Profiler
To get information about your MacBook Air, use System Profiler. It shows you what
hardware and software is installed, the serial number and operating system
version, how much memory is installed, and more. To open System Profiler, choose
Apple () > About This Mac from the menu bar and then click More Info.
AppleCare Service and Support
Your MacBook Air comes with 90 days of technical support and one year of hardware
repair warranty coverage at an Apple Store retail location or an Apple-authorized
repair center, such as an Apple Authorized Service Provider. You can extend your
coverage by purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan. For information, visit
www.apple.com/support/products or visit the website address for your country
listed below.
If you need assistance, AppleCare telephone support representatives can help you with
installing and opening applications, and basic troubleshooting. Call the support center
number nearest you (the first 90 days are complimentary). Have the purchase date and
your MacBook Air serial number ready when you call.
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Your 90 days of complimentary telephone support begins on the date of purchase and
telephone fees may apply.
Country
Phone
Website
United States
1-800-275-2273
www.apple.com/support
Australia
(61) 1-300-321-456
www.apple.com/au/support
Canada (English)
(French)
1-800-263-3394
www.apple.com/ca/support
www.apple.com/ca/fr/support
Ireland
(353) 1850 946 191
www.apple.com/ie/support
New Zealand
00800-7666-7666
www.apple.com/nz/support
United Kingdom
(44) 0870 876 0753
www.apple.com/uk/support
Telephone numbers are subject to change, and local and national telephone rates may
apply. A complete list is available on the web:
www.apple.com/contact/phone_contacts.html
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Locating Your Product Serial Number
Use one of these methods to find your computer’s serial number:
 Turn your MacBook Air over. The serial number is etched into the case, near the
hinge.
Serial number
 Choose Apple () > About This Mac, and then click the version number beneath the
words “Mac OS X” to cycle through the Mac OS X version number, the build version,
and the serial number.
 Open System Profiler (in /Applications/Utilities/) and click Hardware.
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www.apple.com/environment
Mac Help
ergonomics
For your safety and that of your equipment, follow these rules for handling and
cleaning your MacBook Air and for working more comfortably. Keep these instructions
handy for reference by you and others.
Important Safety Information
WARNING: Failure to follow these safety instructions could result in fire, electric
shock, or other injury or damage.
Proper handling Set up your MacBook Air on a stable work surface that allows for
adequate air circulation under and around the computer. Do not operate your
MacBook Air on a pillow or other soft material, as the material can block the airflow
vents. Never place anything over the keyboard when operating your computer. Never
push objects into the ventilation openings.
The bottom of your MacBook Air may become very warm during normal use. If your
MacBook Air is on your lap and gets uncomfortably warm, remove it from your lap and
place it on a stable work surface.
Water and wet locations Keep your computer away from sources of liquid, such as
drinks, washbasins, bathtubs, shower stalls, and so on. Protect your computer from
dampness or wet weather, such as rain, snow, and fog.
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45W MagSafe Power Adapter Make sure the AC plug or AC power cord is fully
inserted into the power adapter and the electrical prongs on your AC plug are in their
completely extended position before plugging the adapter into a power outlet. Use
only the power adapter that came with your MacBook Air, or an Apple-authorized
power adapter that is compatible with this product. The AC power cord provides a
grounded connection. The power adapter may become very warm during normal use.
Always put the power adapter directly into a power outlet, or place it on the floor in a
well-ventilated location.
Disconnect the power adapter and disconnect any other cables if any of the following
conditions exists:
 You want to clean the case (use only the recommended procedure described on
page 61).
 The power cord or plug becomes frayed or otherwise damaged.
 Your MacBook Air or power adapter is exposed to rain, excessive moisture, or liquid
spilled into the case.
 Your MacBook Air or power adapter has been dropped, the case has been damaged,
or you suspect that service or repair is required.
The MagSafe power port contains a magnet that can erase data on a credit card, iPod,
or other device. To preserve your data, do not place these and other magnetically
sensitive material or devices within 1 inch (25 mm) of this port.
If debris gets into the MagSafe power port, remove it gently with a dry cotton swab.
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Battery Discontinue use of your battery if your MacBook Air is dropped or if your
battery appears crushed, bent, deformed, or damaged. Do not expose the battery to
temperatures above 212° F or 100° C. Do not remove the battery from your
MacBook Air. The battery should be replaced only by an Apple Authorized Service
Provider.
Hearing damage Permanent hearing loss may occur if earbuds or headphones are
used at high volume. You can adapt over time to a higher volume of sound that may
sound normal but can be damaging to your hearing. If you experience ringing in your
ears or muffled speech, stop listening and have your hearing checked. The louder the
volume, the less time is required before your hearing could be affected. Hearing
experts suggest that to protect your hearing:
 Limit the amount of time you use earbuds or headphones at high volume.
 Avoid turning up the volume to block out noisy surroundings.
 Turn the volume down if you can’t hear people speaking near you.
High-risk activities This computer system is not intended for use in the operation of
nuclear facilities, aircraft navigation or communications systems, air traffic control
systems, or for any other uses where a failure of the computer system could lead to
death, personal injury, or severe environmental damage.
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Important Handling Information
NOTICE: Failure to follow these handling instructions could result in damage to your
MacBook Air or other property.
Carrying your MacBook Air If you carry your MacBook Air in a bag or briefcase, make
sure that there are no loose items (such as paper clips or coins) that could accidentally
get inside the computer through vent openings or get stuck inside a port. Also, keep
magnetically sensitive items away from the MagSafe power port.
Using connectors and ports Never force a connector into a port. When connecting a
device, make sure the port is free of debris, that the connector matches the port, and
that you have positioned the connector correctly in relation to the port.
Storing your MacBook Air If you are going to store your MacBook Air for an extended
period of time, keep it in a cool location (ideally, 71° F or 22° C) and discharge the
battery to 50 percent. When storing your computer for longer than five months,
discharge the battery to approximately 50 percent. To maintain the capacity of the
battery, recharge the battery to 50 percent every six months or so.
Cleaning your MacBook Air When cleaning the outside of your computer and its
components, first shut down your MacBook Air, and then unplug the power adapter.
Then use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the computer’s exterior. Avoid getting
moisture in any openings. Do not spray liquid directly on the computer. Do not use
aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives that might damage the finish.
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Cleaning your MacBook Air screen To clean your MacBook Air screen, first shut down
your MacBook Air and unplug the power adapter. Then use the cleaning cloth that
came with your MacBook Air to wipe the screen. Dampen the cloth with water if
necessary. Do not spray liquid directly on the screen.
Understanding Ergonomics
Here are some tips for setting up a healthy work environment.
Keyboard and Trackpad
When you use the keyboard and trackpad, your shoulders should be relaxed. Your
upper arm and forearm should form an angle that is slightly greater than a right angle,
with your wrist and hand in roughly a straight line.
This
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Not this
Use a light touch when typing or using the trackpad and keep your hands and fingers
relaxed. Avoid rolling your thumbs under your palms.
This
Not this
Change hand positions often to avoid fatigue. Some computer users might develop
discomfort in their hands, wrists, or arms after intensive work without breaks. If you
begin to develop chronic pain or discomfort in your hands, wrists, or arms, consult a
qualified health specialist.
External Mouse
If you use an external mouse, position the mouse at the same height as the keyboard
and within a comfortable reach.
Chair
An adjustable chair that provides firm, comfortable support is best. Adjust the height
of the chair so your thighs are horizontal and your feet are flat on the floor. The back of
the chair should support your lower back (lumbar region). Follow the manufacturer’s
instructions for adjusting the backrest to fit your body properly.
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You might have to raise your chair so that your forearms and hands are at the proper
angle to the keyboard. If this makes it impossible to rest your feet flat on the floor, you
can use a footrest with adjustable height and tilt to make up for any gap between the
floor and your feet. Or you can lower the desktop to eliminate the need for a footrest.
Another option is to use a desk with a keyboard tray that’s lower than the regular
work surface.
Built-In Display
Adjust the angle of the display to minimize glare and reflections from overhead lights
and windows. Do not force the display if you meet resistance. The display is not
designed to open past 125 degrees.
You can adjust the brightness of the screen when you take the computer from one
work location to another, or if the lighting in your work area changes.
More information about ergonomics is available on the web:
www.apple.com/about/ergonomics
Apple and the Environment
Apple Inc. recognizes its responsibility to minimize the environmental impacts of its
operations and products.
More information is available on the web:
www.apple.com/environment
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Regulatory Compliance Information
FCC Compliance Statement
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation. See instructions if interference to radio or
television reception is suspected.
L‘utilisation de ce dispositif est autorisée seulement aux
conditions suivantes: (1) il ne doit pas produire de
brouillage et (2) l’utilisateur du dispositif doit étre prêt à
accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique reçu, même si
ce brouillage est susceptible de compromettre le
fonctionnement du dispositif.
Radio and Television Interference
This computer equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio-frequency energy. If it is not installed and
used properly—that is, in strict accordance with Apple’s
instructions—it may cause interference with radio and
television reception.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device in accordance
with the specifications in Part 15 of FCC rules. These
specifications are designed to provide reasonable
protection against such interference in a residential
installation. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation.
You can determine whether your computer system is
causing interference by turning it off. If the interference
stops, it was probably caused by the computer or one of
the peripheral devices.
If your computer system does cause interference to
radio or television reception, try to correct the
interference by using one or more of the following
measures:
 Turn the television or radio antenna until the
interference stops.
 Move the computer to one side or the other of the
television or radio.
 Move the computer farther away from the television or
radio.
 Plug the computer in to an outlet that is on a different
circuit from the television or radio. (That is, make
certain the computer and the television or radio are on
circuits controlled by different circuit breakers or
fuses.)
If necessary, consult an Apple Authorized Service
Provider or Apple. See the service and support
information that came with your Apple product. Or
consult an experienced radio/television technician for
additional suggestions.
Important: Changes or modifications to this product
not authorized by Apple Inc. could void the EMC
compliance and negate your authority to operate the
product.
This product has demonstrated EMC compliance under
conditions that included the use of compliant peripheral
devices and shielded cables (including Ethernet network
cables) between system components. It is important
that you use compliant peripheral devices and shielded
cables between system components to reduce the
possibility of causing interference to radios, television
sets, and other electronic devices.
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Responsible party (contact for FCC matters only):
Apple Inc. Corporate Compliance
1 Infinite Loop M/S 26-A
Cupertino, CA 95014-2084
Korea Warning Statements
Wireless Radio Use
This device is restricted to indoor use when operating in
the 5.15 to 5.25 GHz frequency band.
Cet appareil doit être utilisé à l’intérieur.
Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy
The radiated output power of the AirPort Extreme
technology is below the FCC radio frequency exposure
limits. Nevertheless, it is advised to use the wireless
equipment in such a manner that the potential for
human contact during normal operation is minimized.
Singapore Wireless Certification
Taiwan Wireless Statements
FCC Bluetooth Wireless Compliance
The antenna used with this transmitter must not be
colocated or operated in conjunction with any other
antenna or transmitter subject to the conditions of the
FCC Grant.
Bluetooth Industry Canada Statement
This Class B device meets all requirements of the
Canadian interference-causing equipment regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la Class B respecte toutes les
exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur
du Canada.
Industry Canada Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B
specifications. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est
conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada. This device
complies with RSS 210 of Industry Canada.
Europe—EU Declaration of Conformity
See: www.apple.com/euro/compliance
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Taiwan Class B Statement
Russia
VCCI Class B Statement
External USB Modem Information
When connecting your MacBook Air to the phone line
using an external USB modem, refer to the
telecommunications agency information in the
documentation that came with your modem.
ENERGY STAR® Compliance
As an ENERGY STAR® partner, Apple has determined
that standard configurations of this product meet the
ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency. The
ENERGY STAR® program is a partnership with electronic
equipment manufacturers to promote energy-efficient
products. Reducing energy consumption of products
saves money and helps conserve valuable resources.
This computer is shipped with power management
enabled with the computer set to sleep after 10 minutes
of user inactivity. To wake your computer, click the
mouse or trackpad button or press any key on the
keyboard.
For more information about ENERGY STAR®, visit:
www.energystar.gov
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Disposal and Recycling Information
European Union—Disposal Information:
This symbol indicates that your product must be
disposed of properly according to local laws and
regulations. When your product reaches its end of life,
contact Apple or your local authorities to learn about
recycling options.
The symbol above means that according to local laws
and regulations your product should be disposed of
separately from household waste. When this product
reaches its end of life, take it to a collection point
designated by local authorities. Some collection points
accept products for free. The separate collection and
recycling of your product at the time of disposal will
help conserve natural resources and ensure that it is
recycled in a manner that protects human health and
the environment.
For information about Apple’s recycling program, go to
www.apple.com/environment/recycling.
Battery Disposal Information
Dispose of batteries according to your local
environmental laws and guidelines.
Nederlands: Gebruikte batterijen kunnen worden
ingeleverd bij de chemokar of in een speciale
batterijcontainer voor klein chemisch afval (kca) worden
gedeponeerd.
Deutschland: Dieses Gerät enthält Batterien. Bitte nicht
in den Hausmüll werfen. Entsorgen Sie dieses Gerätes
am Ende seines Lebenszyklus entsprechend der
maßgeblichen gesetzlichen Regelungen.
Taiwan:
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A
AC plug 10, 11
AC power adapter. See power
adapter
AC power cord 11
adjusting your display 29
AirPort Extreme
troubleshooting 50
ambient light sensor 27
AppleCare 53
Apple Hardware Test, using 43
Apple Remote 27, 38
application freeze 40
applications
Front Row 27, 38
iChat 27
iLife 37
Keynote 27
B
battery
charging 35
location 27
performance 35
storing 61
blinking question mark 41
brightness keys 29
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built-in speaker 27
button, power 12, 27
C
camera. See iSight video
camera
carrying your computer 61
changing
the desktop 14
password 48, 49
System Preferences 14
charging the battery 35
cleaning
the display 62
your computer 61
cleaning cloth 62
computer
disposal 68
freezes 41
putting to sleep 22
shutting down 23
turning on 12
won’t turn on 42
connection problems with
another computer 43
Control-click 33
cord, AC power 11
D
Dashboard 29
desktop, customizing 14
discs
software installation 46
Disk Utility 48, 49
display
adjusting settings 29
cleaning 62
external 31
goes black 43
disposing of your computer 68
Dock 36
downloading software 52
DVD or CD Sharing 19, 20
DVD or CD Sharing Setup
software, installing 16
E
environmental impact 64
erasing a disk 48
ergonomics 62
Exposé key 29
external display port 31
F
F1 to F12 function keys 29
Fast-forward key 29
flashing question mark 41
Force Quit 40
forward delete 32
four-finger swiping 35
Front Row application 27, 38
frozen application 40
Function (fn) key 29
H
hand positions 62
headphone jack 31
Help, finding answers 36
I
iChat application 27
iLife applications 37
illuminated keyboard 27
infrared receiver (IR) 27
installation discs 9
installing DVD or CD Sharing
Setup 16
iSight video camera 27
K
keyboard
ALS sensor 27
ergonomics 62
features 28
shortcuts 33
See also keys
keyboard illumination keys 29
Keynote application 27
keys
brightness 29
Dashboard 29
Exposé 29
function 29
keyboard illumination 29
media 29
Media Eject 29
Mute 29
volume control 29
N
L
paging through documents
using trackpad 34, 35
partner computer
connection problems 43
Disk Utility 48
DVD or CD Sharing Setup
software 16
installing Mac OS X 44
resetting your password 48
password, resetting 48, 49
pinching to zoom 33
Play/Pause key 29
plug, AC 10, 11
port hatch 31
ports
hatch 31
headphone 31
MagSafe power 31
Mini DisplayPort 31
lights, sleep indicator 27
M
Mac Help 36
Mac OS X installation discs 9
Mac OS X website 37
MagSafe power adapter. See
power adapter
MagSafe power port 31
Media Eject key 29
media keys 29
microphone 27
migrating information 16
Migration Assistant 16
Mini DisplayPort 31
mouse 31, 63
See also trackpad
Mute key 29
Network Diagnostics 50
Network Setup Assistant 50
O
online resources 52
optical discs for system
software 9, 69
optical disc sharing. See DVD or
CD Sharing
P
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USB 2.0 31
power adapter
plugging in 59
port 31
using 10
power button 12, 27
problems
computer freezes 41
computer won’t turn on 42
connecting to partner
computer 43
display goes black 43
pointer won’t move 40
trouble using AirPort 50
putting your computer to
sleep 22
Q
question mark, flashing 41
R
rechargeable battery 35
Remote Disc 9, 19, 21
Remote Install Mac OS X
Disk Utility 48
installing Mac OS X 44
resetting your password 48
repairing a disk 48
resetting your password 48, 49
Rewind key 29
right click 33
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rotating objects using
trackpad 34
S
safety
general safety
instructions 58
important information 8
power adapter 59
screen. See display
scrolling trackpad feature 27
scrolling with two fingers 32
secondary click 33
serial number, locating 55
service and support 53
Setup Assistant 13
shared optical disc 19, 20
sharing files 19, 20
shutting down 23
sleep mode
indicator light 27
putting computer to
sleep 22
software
installation discs 46
software, updating 52
Software Update
preferences 52
speaker 27
specifications 38
stopping
an application 40
the computer 23
storing your computer 61
support 53
swiping to move quickly
through documents 34,
35
System Preferences
customizing the desktop 14
Energy Saver 22
Software Update 52
System Profiler 53
T
three-finger swiping 34, 35
trackpad
location 27
paging 34
scrolling 27
shortcuts 33
swiping 34
zooming 27
troubleshooting
AirPort 50
AppleCare 53
computer freezes 41
computer won’t turn on 42
display goes black 43
hardware problems 43
partner computer 43
pointer won’t move 40
service and support 52
using Mac Help 53
See also problems
turning on your computer 12
two-finger pinching 33
two-finger rotating 34
typing position 62
U
updating software 52
USB
connections 38
ports 31
V
verifying a disk 48
video
camera indicator light 27
Mini DisplayPort 31
volume control keys 29
W
waking your computer 22
Z
zooming using the
trackpad 27, 33
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