When you feel comfortable with the skills you've learned during this tutorial, you're ready to start using your application programs. With the Finder desktop displayed, simply insert an application disk and open the application icon, and you're on your way. (But be sure to refer to the application's manual for specific instructions!)
Don't forget to make backup copies of the system disk, the system tools disk, and your application disks. (Follow the same procedure you did in "Making a Practice Copy of the System Disk" in Session 4.
If you have other components to connect, see Appendix A of the Apple IIGS Owner's Reference for instructions. If your Apple IIGS is part of a network, Chapter 11 of the Apple IIGS Owner's Reference will introduce the concepts and skills you need to take advantage of network services.
The Apple IIGS Owner's Reference provides summaries of all the tasks you've just learned, as well as information on a number of less frequently performed or more advanced tasks. Although you needn't read any of the owner's reference right away, you may want to flip through it or review the table of contents now so that you'll know what topics are covered there.
If you encounter any problems, refer to the troubleshooting chapter of the owner's reference (and the troubleshooting section of your application's manual) for possible solutions. If those troubleshooting tips don't solve the problem, consult an experienced Apple II user or your authorized Apple dealer.
No matter what your level of computer experience, you may want to consider joining an Apple II user group. User groups are composed of people who work with Apple II computers and enjoy sharing what they know with others. Many user groups have special beginners' sessions.
Ask your authorized Apple dealer for the name of the Apple user group nearest you, or, if you live in the United States, call (800) 538-9696. For information about starting your own user group, contact
The Boston Computer Society