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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 01-Jun-09

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Anyone else out there having problems with AIM on iChat? Could iChat problems stem from the latest Mac OS X update, or is the problem with AIM? Also, readers comment on video chat quality between iChat and Skype. (4 messages)

Heads Up - Phishing attempt -- Learn what to do when you suspect an email is a phishing attempt in Apple Mail. (3 messages)

Creating table of contents of HTML document -- It's possible to make a table of content from HTML, but not trivial. (11 messages)

Preserving old Eudora messages in a new mail system -- Eudora stores its messages in text-only mailbox files, so getting to the content later is easy. (1 message)

2G iPod Touch and Wi-Fi -- An iPod touch stops connecting to any Wi-Fi networks, leading some to suspect it's a bad unit. (4 messages)

Apple USB external modem/fax & 10.5.7 -- Faxing problems cropped up after installing Mac OS X 10.5.7, though the issues may have been present earlier. (2 messages)

Multi hard disk enclosure -- A reader is looking for recommendations for moving four internal hard disks into a single external enclosure. (11 messages)

USB 8 GB memory stick not being recognized -- What can you do to force a Mac to read a recalcitrant USB memory drive? (4 messages)

Connecting an Apple Universal Dock: I am baffled! The latest version of Apple's dock for connecting an iPod or iPhone is confusing, and lacking ports offered by earlier models. (8 messages)

Wireless Hub Query -- Readers share their experiences with wireless USB hubs. (3 messages)

Wishlist for Finder Searches -- There are several ways to find files in the Finder, but the interface makes it a slow endeavor. (13 messages)

How does a MacBook handle heat at high processor loads -- Newer MacBooks and MacBook Pros seem to run cooler. Keeping them on a flat surface with airflow definitely helps. (8 messages)

MacBook pricing -- Prompted by Microsoft's latest ad campaign, readers discuss the price and features of the MacBook versus Windows-based laptops. (12 messages)

USB flash drive woes -- The way a USB drive is formatted can greatly affect its performance. (3 messages)

Nationwide Insurance iPhone App -- This software helps you record the details of an auto accident at the scene; is it actually helpful? (4 messages)

How to Reformat a New External Hard Disk -- Readers discuss issues related to formatting boot disks for the Mac. (9 messages)


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