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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 
 

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16-Mar-09

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CopyPaste Pro 2.0 from Script Software is the latest version of the longstanding multiple clipboard utility. Changes include new instantly available palettes for Clip History and Clip Archives, a clipboard editor called Bean, new drag-and-drop functionality, a major update to the manual, a refreshed interface, improved performance, and newly available Danish, Japanese and German translations. ($30, free update, 3.7 MB)

Front Row 2.1.7 from Apple is an update to the media center software featured on all Macs and Apple TV. The update provides compatibility with the recently released iTunes 8.1, and is available via Software Update and the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free update, 12.6 MB)

NTFS for Mac OS X 7.0 from Paragon Software is an update to the software that provides Mac users read/write access to files stored on NTFS-formatted volumes, such as those used by Boot Camp (optional with Windows XP; mandatory with Windows Vista). The latest version gives Boot Camp users transparent access to their Mac volumes formatted using HFS/HFS+, provides an alternative means of restarting in Windows, and offers enhanced NTFS performance and reliability under Mac OS X. ($39.95, 2.9 MB)

 

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