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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.1.3/2008 12.3.1/2004 11.6.5

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Microsoft has released a trio of updates for Office for Mac 2004, 2008, and 2011. The Office 2004 update and the Office 2008 update, versions 11.6.5 and 12.3.1 respectively, address security issues that allow an attacker to overwrite the contents of a Mac’s memory with malicious code. The Office 2008 update also includes a fix that makes Word’s help work in all languages, and it updates Entourage’s time zone information. (Free updates through Microsoft AutoUpdate; 333 MB for 2008, 9 MB for 2004)

The Office 2011 update, version 14.1.3, makes improvements to most of the suite’s apps, starting with PowerPoint and Excel, where issues that cause the programs to crash have been addressed. For Word, PivotTable field settings are now enabled, and citations in Dutch now appear correctly. For Outlook, the update fixes an issue that prevented contact images from displaying properly. It also provides improved handling options for shared Outlook calendars, and it updates Outlook’s time zone information. Notably, the update disables Outlook’s capability to import from Apple Mail because “it does not work as expected in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.” (Free update through Microsoft AutoUpdate, 112 MB)

 

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Comments about Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.1.3/2008 12.3.1/2004 11.6.5

Steve Knight  2011-09-20 02:54
2008 Upgrade is 12.3.1 not 12.1.3
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-09-20 12:57
Drat, missed that in editing, sorry! Fixed now.
Lena Nalbandian  2011-09-29 23:57
Cannot install this auto update on my iMac. Message: "A version of the software required to install this update was not found on this volume". I had installed all updates to date. What is the problem?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-09-30 13:11
If you haven't renamed any of the apps, or changed the file hierarchy of Office's support files, and you have installed previous updates, the best I can suggest is to call Microsoft support.

If you're working with Auto Update, it might be worth downloading the update and seeing if applying it manually works instead.