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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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Take Control News/23-Apr-07

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.Mac Ebook Update Covers Latest in .Mac Webmail Access -- We just released version 1.2 of our comprehensive guide to Apple's .Mac service, "Take Control of .Mac." Written by Joe Kissell, the 204-page ebook provides everything .Mac users need to know to get the most of their $100-per-year subscriptions. Along with a smattering of general changes, this new version provides up-to-date advice and steps for using .Mac's webmail features. The update is free to current owners of the ebook (click the Check for Updates button on the cover to access it); new copies cost $15.

To give you a taste of what's in the book, here are a few tips you might find useful:

  • Email aliases behave a bit differently from member names. If you create an email alias and later delete it (as opposed to merely turning it off), that email address is reserved permanently, but you cannot reactivate it - and neither can anyone else.
  • To make it even easier for others to access files in your Public folder, tell them to visit http://idisk.mac.com/membername-Public. That URL displays a Web page that provides download links for each item in your Public folder.
  • Even if you use only a single Mac all the time, .Mac bookmarks can be very helpful if you use a variety of browsers. Instead of storing bookmarks separately in Firefox, OmniWeb, Opera, and iCab (or whatever browsers you use), you can simply open your .Mac bookmarks Web page in each of those browsers. You'll get access to your Safari bookmarks, and any new bookmarks you add using the .Mac Bookmarks window will also appear in Safari (after they've been synchronized, of course).

If you're in need of up-to-date documentation of how to use .Mac's features, look no further.

 

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