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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 

 

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DealBITS Drawing: Midnight Mansion

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I've become more interested in retro games of late, so I was intrigued when Vern Jensen of ActionSoft asked about doing a DealBITS drawing for his Midnight Mansion game. It's an explore-a-world kind of game in which you navigate your Indiana Jones-like character over obstacles and past the nasties in an attempt to gather treasure - if you enjoyed playing Dark Castle or Prince of Persia, you'll like Midnight Mansion. The graphics are colorful, cartoonish, and kid-friendly, though they won't be taxing your graphics card, and the sound is well-done. In my initial testing, I especially liked the tutorial mode in which signs within the game itself teaches the basics; with other games, I've sometimes found it difficult to pick up basic gameplay before I feel the need to get back to work.

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In this week's DealBITS drawing, open through New Year's Day, you can enter to win one of five copies of Midnight Mansion, each worth $20. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Midnight Mansion, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

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