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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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DealBITS Drawing: lynda.com's Online Training Library

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Different people learn software best in different ways. Some like playing with a program on their own, others prefer reading something like one of our Take Control ebooks, and many people like attending classes. But there's yet another form of training that's becoming increasingly popular - video training via the Internet. Perhaps the best-known company in this field - at least of those that provide topics of interest to Mac users - is lynda.com, founded by Lynda Weinman in 1995. lynda.com has approximately 250 training programs, many of which cover Macintosh software and were created by the same authors who have written best-selling books and ebooks. So if you're interested in online video training, check out the list of topics in lynda.com's Online Training Library; all the titles have free samples, and you can see if any of them would prove useful in your work.

In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win a one-year premium subscription to lynda.com's Online Training Library, worth $375. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a serious discount on an Online Training Library subscription, 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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