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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.


Take Control News/20-Feb-06

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"Take Control of Digital TV" Update Offers Current Info -- Looking for help with buying a new digital TV? Curious about the many ways to bring HDTV programming into your home? Turn to Clark Humphrey's freshly updated "Take Control of Digital TV" to find concise explanations, a road-map for buying a new TV, a current listing of which programs and stations offer HD content, and much more. New in this free update are additional graphics explaining how TV screens accommodate different image aspect ratios; details on the official schedule for turning off analog telecasts in the United States; a look at some promising new TV receiver technologies; an updated discussion of new and forthcoming high-definition (HD) broadcast programming and cable/satellite channels; a quick look at FIOS, a nascent attempt by U.S. local telephone companies to compete with cable and satellite TV; and info about MovieBeam, a new pay-per-view service that could replace trips to your local video rental store.

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Joe Kissell Interviewed about Apple Mail by Hawk Wings -- Hawk Wings, a Web site devoted to all things about Apple Mail, recently interviewed our very own Joe Kissell, author of three Take Control ebooks about Apple Mail. In the interview, Joe reveals his two favorite Mail add-ons, discusses new features he'd like to see in future versions of Apple Mail, and more. (If you're wondering why the site is called "Hawk Wings," look closely at the Mail icon.)

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