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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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“Take Control of iCloud, Second Edition” Solves iCloud Confusions

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Given how pervasive iCloud has become for Apple users, we’re particularly happy to bring you the second edition of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of iCloud.” One of our best-selling titles over the past two years (during which we gave readers four free updates!), this title has helped over 10,000 Mac and iOS users since iCloud debuted in 2011. In it, Joe offers insight into what iCloud is trying to do, while providing steps for key procedures and advising you on the best real-world techniques for integrating iCloud’s many services into your computer life. The 142-page book is available now for $15, and it covers OS X 10.9 Mavericks, iOS 7, Apple TV, Windows, and the latest versions of the iCloud Web apps.

Take Control of iCloud, Second Edition” is overflowing with up-to-date iCloud advice, whether you are flat-out confused by iCloud, need help integrating iCloud Keychain into your password-management strategy, are running into confusing limitations with iCloud Photos, or want to understand how iCloud syncs files like those from Pages or Keynote between your Mac and iPad. One early reader wrote:

“As someone who hadn’t invested a lot of time in setting up iCloud before, I found this book very informative — particularly the information about managing multiple iCloud accounts and the Photos section. Thanks!” —Kelly

Joe walks you through getting started with iCloud, and then explains the key aspects — and hidden gotchas — of iCloud’s core features, all while helping you understand why it might not match your expectations. Among the many features Joe covers are working with Apple’s media stores, iTunes Match, My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, Documents in the Cloud, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, iCloud Keychain, Find My iPhone/iPad/Mac, Find My Friends, and iOS backups.

You’ll also find the answers to questions such as:

  • What if I have more than one Apple ID?
  • How can I use multiple iCloud accounts without messing things up?
  • What if I want to use both a third-party password manager and iCloud Keychain?
  • How do I share calendars with people who are not using iCloud?
  • What if I want to make my contacts available on my spouse’s iPhone?
  • How quickly should I expect iCloud to sync my data?
  • How do I configure my email software to use my iCloud email address?
  • How do I add photos to My Photo Stream from Windows?
  • How does Dropbox’s Camera Uploads feature compare to My Photo Stream?
  • Where does my Mac store documents that I save in iCloud?
  • How can I configure my AirPort Extreme to work with Back to My Mac?

So if you’re looking for help with iCloud, let “Take Control of iCloud, Second Edition” be your guide to Apple’s cloud service.

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

Learn to configure your iCloud life optimally so you can view media on different devices, save and share photos, sync and access passwords and data, sync documents between multiple devices, find a missing device, and more. iCloud sounds simple, but can become complex quickly, and this book has the advice you need to avoid problems and get the most out of iCloud.

 

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