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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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Newton Synonyms

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Pythaeus and some MessagePad-pioneering readers have passed along this list of commands and their synonyms supported by the Newton Intelligence system. Many of these aren't documented, though some are basic Newton functions. You can always write a command, such as "Call Adam," on any Note Pad memo, then tap the Assist button to have it executed. (If you do any correcting along the way, you must select the command before tapping Assist, but if the MessagePad interprets your command correctly on the first try, you can tap Assist as soon as it finishes the interpreting.) Of course, if you write a command on the memo you wish sent, printed, etc., the command will be part of the result! With that in mind, try some of the following:

Written action word -- Result

  • Call, ring, dial -- Dial a phone number

  • Fax, fax it -- Send the item on your screen as a fax (requires a Newton fax modem)

  • Mail, email, mail this, send this -- Send the item on your screen as electronic mail

  • Print, print it -- Print the item on your screen to a printer

  • Find, find it, look for, search for, locate, locate it -- Search for text

  • Remember, remind, remind me, to do, don't forget to, don't let me forget, don't let me forget to do -- Add a reminder to your to do list

  • Schedule, meet, meet me, see, talk to -- Add an appointment to your calendar

  • Breakfast -- 7 AM (optimistic, isn't it?)

  • Lunch -- Noon

  • Dinner -- 7 PM

  • Holiday -- Add day note instead of appointment

  • Birthday, bday, b-day, anniversary -- Day note that repeats annually

  • Time, time in, the time in, what time is it, what time is it in, what time, what is the time, what is the time in -- Look up the time in another city

 

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