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Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Watch TidBITS Presents “Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion”

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Our second TidBITS Presents event on 1 August 2012 was once again a success, with over 200 TidBITS members and owners of “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion” and “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion” joining us live via Google Hangouts On Air. Joe and Matt shared key details from their books and answered numerous questions from the audience for over 2 hours.

Although we limited participation in the live event to TidBITS members and people who had purchased Joe’s and Matt’s ebooks as a way of thanking them for their support, the recorded version is available to everyone via the TidBITS Presents page or YouTube, where over 1300 more people have watched already.

We were doubly disappointed on the iOS front this time, since an update to the Google+ iOS app promised Hangout compatibility, but it turned out that said compatibility didn’t extend to the public Hangouts On Air. And then the trick we figured out for watching the live YouTube stream in Safari on iOS worked during our dry run but simply wasn’t available during the actual presentation. We’ll keep investigating what’s involved with iOS. Nevertheless, you can watch the YouTube version via iOS now, or stream it to your big screen connected to an Apple TV.

Please do leave us comments (at the bottom of this article, in the Google+ post, or on YouTube) about the presentation, in terms of content, presentation style, length, technical experience, and so on. We’re talking about doing more live online events, and we’re curious about what you might like to see from us.

Thanks for watching, and we hope you find the content useful!

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

Make the move to Mountain Lion with Joe Kissell’s expert advice! Sort out compatibility issues, deal with Apple IDs, make a suitable backup, and pick your upgrade plan — including a clean install. You’ll also learn about key post-upgrade tasks, what to do if something goes terribly wrong, and how to “upgrade” to Mountain Lion while moving from an older Mac or Windows PC.
Join Mac expert Matt Neuburg as you make the most of Mountain Lion's major new features, including Notifications, Documents in the Cloud, and improved Auto Save/Versions. Plus, learn to customize Mountain Lion and get help with finding files, launching apps, managing windows, handling user accounts, and more.


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xairbusdriver  2012-08-21 23:01
First, thanks for an outstanding vid with Joe & Matt!

My concern is a dialog on my wife's MBP which I only recently upgraded to 10.7/Lion when she got an iPad a few days ago. I didn't notice that the default install of Lion sets the Documents & Data to use iCloud! If I UNcheck that, I get a warning that the shared files will be DELETED from her Mac! Of course, they will remain in her iCloud account.

That's 180° from what we want! I want to 1) Stop stuff being saved to iCloud and 2) prevent anything from being DELETED from her MBP.

Since this is Lion not Mountain Lion, there is no ~/Library/Mobile Documents/ path to anything! I suspect that what was 'saved to iCloud' were a few emails but there could be more! I have no idea how to determine what those files are and where they might be... on her Lion OS! HELP!!! :eek:
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-08-22 09:45
It's hard to know exactly what it might be referring to, but I suspect it's a generic dialog that isn't contextually aware of whether or not there actually is any data stored on iCloud or not. I'd recommend verifying that nothing is likely in iCloud (log in and look in the iWork area), making sure you have a good backup, and then turning off iCloud despite the dire-sounding dialog.

(Email isn't one of the things stored in Documents & Data, as far as I'm aware - it's instead things like Pages documents.)