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Opening a Folder from the Dock

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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Dropbox 2.6.2

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Dropbox has updated its eponymous file synchronization app to version 2.6.2, which appears to be a small maintenance release for Mac users. Dropbox 2.6.2 fixes Growl notifications for those running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, as well as prevents you from getting unlinked should you downgrade to version 2.6 from any future builds. Additionally, the Selective Sync user interface is reportedly more responsive.

If you haven’t checked what version of Dropbox is running for some time, it’s worth taking a moment to see if the auto-update feature is working as it should. To check what version of Dropbox you’re currently running, mouse over the Dropbox icon in your menu bar to see the version number in a tooltip. While it can sometimes take several days for auto-updates to apply, you can always choose the manual download if you’re itching to update or find, as we often do, that you’re running an older version. (Free, 32.1 MB, release notes)

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Comments about Dropbox 2.6.2

Chris Pepper  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-01-10 14:12
I have v2.4.11. Is that the last pre-2.6.2 version, or is it lying when it says "Dropbox 2.4.11 / Up to date"? If 2.4.11 is very old I will update manually...
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-01-10 14:22
The updater never works for me. I always have to update manually.
Chris Pepper  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-01-10 16:22
That seems worth mentioning in the article.
> it’s worth taking a moment to see if the auto-update feature is working as it should.
Scot Mcphee  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-01-10 17:10
Chris, I think "Up to date" is referring to your files in your Dropbox folder. I also have only 2.4.11 installed.

I don't even see any options in the preferences to enable auto-update! Might be nice of the article to address some of that.