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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 

 

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Safari 6.1.2 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

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For those who haven’t updated to OS X 10.9 Mavericks and its associated Safari 7, Apple has released Safari 6.1.2 with fixes to AutoFill problems on a variety of Web sites, including united.com and americanairlines.com. The update also addresses a problem that caused Safari to freeze when installing extensions while VoiceOver is on and plugs a number of WebKit-related security vulnerabilities that could lead to application termination or arbitrary code execution. Safari 6.1.2 is available for 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion, but not 10.6 Snow Leopard or earlier, and only through Software Update. (Free, 53 MB)

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

Take Safari 6 beyond basic Web browsing with Mac expert Sharon Zardetto! You'll find help with (and shortcuts for) searching with the new address field, using the Reading List, finding and installing the best third-party extensions, working with tabs, filling out forms, and more.

 

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