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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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Best Buttons: Peachpit Press

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Due to my current status as email junkie, I give the best buttons award to Peachpit Press for their set of three yellow smiley buttons, a normal smiley, a wink, and a kiss. I picked up the buttons and stared at them for a few seconds the right way up, not getting it until I turned them on their sides the way smileys were meant to be. Runner-up goes to Wired magazine (supposedly the Rolling Stone of the computer world) for their "Get Wired" buttons. I haven't read much in the premiere issue of Wired yet, but it looks interesting and might be worth checking out at $20 per year.

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