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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: Save 50 Percent on All Our Ebooks

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To celebrate of the 18th anniversary of TidBITS, we're offering a 50% discount on all Take Control and Macworld Superguide ebooks through next Tuesday, April 29th. To take advantage of the sale, use this link to start shopping in our catalog; the necessary coupon code will be applied automatically in the first screen of the shopping cart. Note that you can select multiple books from the different tabs in the catalog's tabbed interface before clicking the Buy Selected Ebooks button to add them to your cart. (Print books are not included in the sale.)

New and recently updated titles you might especially want to check out include:

  • Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac"
  • Steve Sande's "Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08 Edition"
  • Ted Landau's "Take Control of Your iPhone"
  • Brian Tanaka's "Take Control of Permissions in Leopard"
  • Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard"
  • Matt Neuburg's "Take Control of Customizing Leopard"

Also be sure to check out the latest ebooks from Macworld:

  • "Macworld Mac OS X Hints Superguide, Leopard Edition"
  • "Macworld Total Leopard Superguide"

Although print versions of our books are not included in the sale, print copies ordered from within an existing ebook are still discounted at the cover price, not the price you pay during the sale. So, if you buy a copy of "Take Control of Switching to the Mac" for $5 during the sale, clicking the Print link at the top of the first page will still save you $10 off the normal print price. (For older ebooks that predate the Print link, just click the Check for Updates button and then click the Order Print Copy tab in the Web page that appears.)

 

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