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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 
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He's Leaving Home(Page) - Bye, Bye!

On 8 November 2010, Apple will "discontinue online viewing of photos, movies, and files shared using .Mac HomePage." But what does that actually mean?Show full article

Mark Up PDFs on Your iPad

Two iPad PDF apps - our long-time favorite GoodReader and PDF Expert - have recently incorporated annotation capabilities, turning the iPad into a PDF reviewing and commenting device.Show full article

DroboPro FS NAS: Is Eight Enough?

Data Robotics has introduced the big brother of the Drobo FS, with eight drive bays, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and offsite storage capability.Show full article

Avoid Unwanted App Store and In-App Purchases

Have your children run up App Store tabs without intending to? Have you bought programs from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by accident? Here's how to avoid that fate.Show full article

The Outlook for Microsoft Outlook

Is there a color "rosy-bleak"? There should be. Office 2011's Microsoft Outlook brings improvements in speed and storage over its predecessor, Entourage; but whole features are missing, the interface is clunky, and scriptability is a mess.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 October 2010

Notable software releases this week include Adobe Acrobat/Reader 9.4 and 8.2.5, TweetDeck 0.35.3, MenuMeters 1.4, and Growl 1.2.1.Show full article

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