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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 

Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0

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Apple's Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0 for early 2009 Mac Pro models comes only with terse release notes, stating that the update "reduces processor utilization during audio activities such as playing or recording music." More information regarding installation steps is available on Apple's Web site. The update is available via Software Update and the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free, 1.64 MB)

 

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