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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 30 November 2009

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We took a week off from publishing our email newsletter due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, but TidBITS Talk discussions continued during the break. In this week's roundup, we touch on working with small screens, creating slideshows and presentations, putting an old Apple display into service, getting an old scanner and HP printer to work under Snow Leopard, and dealing with Intuit (both positive and negative experiences). Readers also seek troubleshooting advice for a Mac Pro that wakes itself up and for pushing outgoing email through a gateway when traveling, wonder if Apple has officially dropped support for Tiger, and discuss the version of Mac OS X 10.6 Server that comes with the Mac mini server.


Mac Pro wakes itself up and sleepwalks -- The start of the robot apocalypse? More likely a USB device is waking up a sleeping Mac Pro in the middle of the night. (6 messages)


Generating slideshows and other presentations a less painless way -- Readers suggest alternatives to iPhoto for building slideshows and presentations. (17 messages)


Screen size and apps -- Do small screens, such as the one on the MacBook Air, hinder the use of applications? (7 messages)


Sending email when using a Wi-Fi hotspot -- Changing the outgoing port may work around problems sending email when you're connected to an unfamiliar network. (4 messages)


Good support from Intuit -- A reader reports positive interaction with Intuit, but that's overshadowed by Intuit's use of security certificates to make Quicken support expire. (2 messages)


Unsupported HP Printer Drivers & Duplex Printing -- A reader shares a workaround for getting older HP printers to work under Snow Leopard. (1 message)


Security Update 2009-006? Does the lack of the latest security fixes for Mac OS X 10.4 mean Apple has now abandoned Tiger? (5 messages)


New Mini Server -- A reader wonders if the version of Mac OS X 10.6 Server that comes with the Mac mini server is restricted to just that machine. (15 messages)


Uses for old 15" Cinema Display -- In determining if it's possible to press an older Apple display into service, you can learn an astounding amount of information about Apple's monitors. (15 messages)


Scanner software -- Readers offer suggestions for getting an old scanner to work under recent Mac OS X versions. (12 messages)

 

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