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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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Google is great, but it won't help you find information on just those Web pages you've viewed. For that, you need a utility on your Mac, such as SmileOnMyMac's recently released browseback. Unlike other Web history utilities, browseback presents the pages you've visited as chronologically stacked decks of card-like thumbnails, making it easy to, well, browse back through your Web travels. You can also perform full-text searches to limit the view to just those pages that match, and once you've found the page in question, you can view it in PDF as it was when you visited it, go to it in your browser again, save it to PDF, print it, or send it to someone via email. browseback is both fun and useful (Macworld gave it a Best of Show Award at Macworld Expo San Francisco earlier this month), and it's well worth a try. It's a 2.6 MB download, and there's a universal binary version available for those folks with new Intel-based iMacs.

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