Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.



Pick an apple! 
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.

Visit plucky tree

Submitted by


Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.2 and 2008 12.3.3

Send Article to a Friend

Microsoft has released Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.2 and Office 2008 12.3.3, both of which fix “extremely important issues” and improve overall security. In particular, the updates patch vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. (Free updates as a download from the Office for Mac Web site or through Microsoft AutoUpdate, 110 MB/218 MB)


CrashPlan is easy, secure backup that works everywhere. Back up
to your own drives, friends, and online with unlimited storage.
With 30 days free, backing up is one resolution you can keep.
Your life is digital; back it up! <>

Comments about Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.2 and 2008 12.3.3

Charles Butcher  2012-05-09 04:58
Thanks for this alert. I think the link for Office 2008 is wrong, and should be:
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-05-09 06:29
Oops, yes, thanks. Fixed.
David Dunn  2012-05-09 14:43
An error message appears after selecting the install volume: "Office 2011 14.2.2 Update can't be installed on this disk. A version of the software required to install this update was not found on this volume." This also happened with the 14.2.1 update. Updating via MacUpdate Desktop works around the problem.
Adrian  2012-05-12 03:18
I got the same error message. After I moved the folder back from a subfolder to Applications, it worked just fine
WildBunch  2012-05-14 23:15
This lovely update caused me to "lose" an install. I had to re register the program after the update. Microsoft said to contact them if it proved to be a problem in the future. This was on a Mac Pro, my Macbook Pro updated without any problem.
Dave Heap  2012-05-16 19:15
Outlook 14.2.2 is still not playing ball well with Gmail IMAP.

Moving a message to another mailbox (or Gmail's Trash) generates a second spurious copy of the message in All Mail. Each subsequent move of the message creates yet another spurious copy.

It also will not let me rename a Gmail IMAP folder. After selecting 'Rename Folder', the normal highlighted text box shows but reverts before you have time to make changes.

Selecting a mailbox and pressing Command-Delete moves the whole mailbox and its messages to what looks like the Gmail Trash, but is not regarded as being within Trash by Gmail, which treats it as a separate Label.

These problems do not occur with Exchange Accounts.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-05-17 05:33
Gmail does IMAP a bit weirdly, but it's still surprising that such things would have slipped past testing.