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Enter Dashboard, Expose, or Spaces Temporarily

Hold down F9, F10, F11, or F12 (or whatever you've set for the Expose and Spaces keyboard shortcuts) for a few seconds, and then release the key to enter and leave the appropriate mode without having to press the key again. This is particularly useful for Dashboard, in which you can check the contents of a widget and then return to your work with only a single key press.

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Safari 5.1.1 (Snow Leopard)

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Although Safari 5.1.1 for Lion, which comes as part of the 10.7.2 update, now supports syncing of Safari bookmarks and the Safari Reading List to your devices via iCloud, 10.6 Snow Leopard isn’t currently compatible with iCloud. Thus, Safari 5.1.1 for Snow Leopard gains no new features, but it does boast improved JavaScript performance, and Apple took this opportunity to fix problems with excessive memory usage, along with stability issues related to Find, dragging tabs, managing extensions, and the Silverlight plug-in used by Netflix and other sites. Other bugs fixed include problems with printing, entering East Asian characters into pages with Flash content, History items appearing incorrectly, and automatic updates to the Google Safe Browsing Service. In Snow Leopard, Safari 5.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and Security Update 2011-006. (Free, 47.05 MB)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Take Safari 5 far beyond basic Web browsing with this ebook from Mac expert Sharon Zardetto. Come up to speed on the new extensions and Reader features, and hone your skills at loading tabs, searching, filling out forms, using RSS, and more.

 

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