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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 

AirPort Utility 6.3.1 for Mac

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Apple has released AirPort Utility 6.3.1 for Mac, which tackles a lone problem where some AirPort base stations failed to appear in AirPort Utility. It’s available via the Mac App Store, Software Update, and Apple’s support site. Additionally, version 1.3.1 of Airport Utility for iOS has also been released to tackle the same issue. (Free, 21.4 MB)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>