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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.


Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 11-May-09

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Achieving Email Bliss with IMAP, Gmail, and Apple Mail -- Joe Kissell's popular article brings up more discussion since last week, including the use of smart mailboxes in Mail to work around some Gmail limitations. (52 messages)

How to Share Full-Quality Photos via iPhoto -- It turns out that iPhoto compresses photos uploaded to Flickr, even at the Actual Size export setting. (8 messages)

Ludditism -- Readers debate the wisdom of relying on a GPS to provide directions, especially since those directions can often be wrong. Are gadgets wiping away essential skills like being able to read a map? (47 messages)

Cleaning a dirty burner? What's the best way to clean a DVD drive to prevent burn errors? (2 messages)


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