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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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“Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network” Updated

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When Apple released the highly graphical AirPort Utility for iOS in 2011, we didn’t realize that its graphical user interface was a preview of the interface that we’d find in AirPort Utility 6 for Mac OS X, which Apple pushed out in early 2012. AirPort Utility 6 runs only in 10.7 Lion, and lacks some rarely used features found in AirPort Utility 5 (see “AirPort Utility 6.0 Adds iCloud Support but Removes Many Features,” 1 February 2012). The massive changes in AirPort Utility 6 forced us to revamp Glenn Fleishman’s “Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network,” the second edition of which had been designed to cover Lion and AirPort Utility 5.

We’ve caught up with Apple in the 187-page “Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network, Third Edition,” which focuses on AirPort Utility 6 and includes coverage of AirPort Utility for iOS. The core content remains roughly the same otherwise, but because we removed the AirPort Utility 5 information, we’re providing the second edition for free to anyone who buys the third edition. And, although everyone should have already received email about this, we’ve given the third edition to all second edition owners for free (check your Take Control account for the download if you didn’t see our email).

The $20 ebook is available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket formats, and we’ve been steadily improving the visual look of the EPUB to work around limitations in the Pages EPUB export. If you have a Kindle Fire, we feel EPUB is still a better experience than Mobipocket. See my in-depth look at working with the various different formats on the Kindle Fire in “How to Download EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket to the Kindle Fire” (22 April 2012).

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Read real-world advice from Wi-Fi wizard Glenn Fleishman on setting up a wireless network using Apple's 802.11n and 802.11ac base stations. Learn to maximize performance, extend range, connect multiple base stations, handle complex configs, share USB disks and printers, and more.

 

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