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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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50%-Off Sale on All Take Control Ebooks

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It has been some time since we’ve had a big Take Control sale, and today’s introduction of Bookle gives us a good excuse, so you can get more DRM-free EPUBs to read in Bookle (see “Introducing Bookle, an EPUB Reader for Mac OS X,” 6 February 2012).

To take advantage of this limited-time sale, visit the Take Control catalog using this coupon-loaded link, select the titles you want, and click the Buy Selected Ebooks button. You’ll see the coupon code and the 50-percent discount on the first screen of the cart. The sale runs through 15 February 2012.

Recent Mac-focused titles that you might want to check out include:

  • Take Control of iCloud
  • Take Control of Screen Sharing in Lion
  • Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ, Second Edition
  • Take Control of Using Lion
  • Take Control of Spotlight for Finding Anything on Your Mac
  • Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac

And for those looking for iPad or iPhone help, other recent releases include:

  • Take Control of Your iPad
  • Macworld iPhone 4S Superguide
  • Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Third Edition

Note that the Take Control cart gives you zipped PDFs to download. To download EPUB versions of purchased Take Control ebooks (or recent Macworld Superguides) for reading in Bookle, log in to your Take Control account and click the green EPUB icon next to the book you want to download. Alternatively, you can click the Check for Updates button on the cover of any of our ebooks to go to the book’s Ebook Extras page, where you can find a link to the EPUB in the Downloads tab. Note that we don’t have EPUB versions of some of our oldest titles.

Thanks for the support! We couldn’t afford to devote time and energy to projects like Bookle without your help.

 

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