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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 17 January 2011

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Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.9 -- Rogue Amoeba has updated Audio Hijack Pro to version 2.9.9, fixing problems customers ran into when using Skype 2.8 and Skype 5. ($32 new, free update, 6.8 MB)

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Typinator 4.3 -- The fine folks at Ergonis Software love to save you keystrokes, and to that aim, they’ve updated Typinator to version 4.3. One new feature offers quick definitions of your saved snippets directly from the Typinator menu, or via configurable hotkeys. Issues with expansions in FreeHand, Sparrow, Google Docs (in Firefox), Google Chrome, RubyMine, Sigil, FocusWriter, and TeXworks are all addressed. An incorrect startup log message on Mac OS X 10.4 is also fixed. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.3 MB)

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