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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 

Submit Your Holiday 2003 Gift Ideas

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Submit Your Holiday 2003 Gift Ideas -- We may not approve of ads for Christmas sales appearing the day after Halloween, but it is now once again a decent time to start thinking about the year's annual spectacle of consumer confidence. For us at TidBITS, that translates into sharing the best holiday gift ideas from readers in our traditional holiday gift issue, slated for publication during the second week in December. So tell us what gifts you're planning to bestow on your friends or family, or what gifts you're hoping to receive yourself. As in previous years, we'll be collecting ideas in TidBITS Talk, so please send your suggestions to <tidbits-talk@tidbits.com>. We've already started threads for specific categories, and there's a "Respond (via email)" link for you to use at the bottom of each message in the TidBITS Talk Web archive (check out the Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk article at the end of this issue for direct links). As always, please suggest only one product or idea per message, give the reason why you're recommending it, make sure to include a URL or other necessary contact information, and recommend only others' products. Also try to concentrate on items that haven't appeared in past years. Thanks! [ACE]

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