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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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When the amount of free space in the Finder is more than one megabyte, the Finder displays the free space in megabytes. I like it to keep displaying in K. This will force the Finder to display always in "K", not "M".

Launch ResEdit and open your copy of the Finder. Open the CODE resources. Click once on resource number 23. Go to the "Resource" menu and select "Open Using Hex Editor..." (don't double-click on it since you might have a fancy CODE template installed in your ResEdit, which would make the next step possibly impossible [don't tell my old English teacher that I said that]). Click Yes if it asks if you want to decompress the resource.

Use "Find Offset..." to go to offset 18E. You should see

     0C86 0010 0000 6500 0082.

If you don't, don't continue.

Change the 6500 to 6000. That is, change:

     0C86 0010 0000 6500 0082

to:

     0C86 0010 0000 6000 0082

Quit ResEdit, saving your changes. All this patch does is change a conditional branch to an unconditional one. In other words, whereas the Finder used to say, "If the amount of space available is more than one meg, display in M; otherwise, display in K," it now says, "If the amount of space available is more than one meg, uhm, display in K." Trust me; it really says that. Listen closely next time.

 

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