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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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Spotlight Qualifiers Posted on Apple Site -- Sure enough, I write an article that says Apple hasn't yet provided detail on a given subject, and they go and update their site. In last week's TidBITS, I wrote about using some restricting syntax for making searches in Tiger with Spotlight, and said Apple hadn't provided the detail necessary to know what control words and terms to use. They do now.

<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08087>
<http://www.apple.com/macosx/tips/spotlight.html>

Although there are many kinds of metadata, Apple is exposing just the item kind and the item's modification date or the date in a calendar item. The syntax is pretty straightforward and they provide the vocabulary for it now. If you want to search on more metadata attributes, you can use Smart Folders. [GF]

 

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