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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 OS X Server, Chapter 10: Web Services

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of OS X Server,” by Charles Edge, scheduled for public release later in 2014. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing OS X Server, and Chapter 2: Choosing Server Hardware, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of OS X Server” Streaming in TidBITS for details.


Web Services

The World Wide Web has untold millions of Web sites providing information and interactive services to billions of users. There are many ways to create and host a Web site these days, whether for an individual, family, club, school, or business—or as a staging site for another site to be hosted elsewhere. With OS X Server and a few minutes of configuration, you can have your own Web server.

Note: The Websites and Wiki services are not related—you can set up a wiki without turning on Server’s Websites service, and similarly, you can run a Web site that doesn’t include a wiki.

Although Server’s Web services rely on the industrial-strength Apache Web server software, setting up Server on your own Mac to serve a Web site has a few issues that you should consider before diving in:

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