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Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher

If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.

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MacTech Boot Camps Fast Approaching

Consultants and support techs take note — the MacTech Boot Camp conferences are upon us, with the Dallas and Boston events within the next month. Read on for special discounts for TidBITS readers!Show full article

iBooks Now Opens EPUB Files Directly

A change in a recent version of iBooks has given the app the capability to open EPUB files directly from Safari, Mail, and apps like Dropbox. This makes moving EPUB files into iBooks far easier than before, both for individuals and publishers.Show full article

Two Updated Take Control Books Take GarageBand to 11

Jeff Tolbert performs his latest take on GarageBand with a double album of old favorites and new crowd-pleasers. If you’re a GarageBand user, you can learn more with “Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand ’11” and “Take Control of Recording with GarageBand ’11.”Show full article

Surf Faster in Google Chrome and Safari 5 with Browse By Name

Disappointed by the loss of Google’s Browse By Name capability in Firefox 4, Adam set out to re-enable it. Along the way, he figured out how to add Browse By Name to Google Chrome and Safari 5 as well. Read on for instructions!Show full article

Zen and the Art of Gmail, Part 3: Gmail Labs

After spending more than 16 years using Eudora for email, Adam has switched, perhaps unexpectedly, to Gmail. In this third of a multi-part series, he looks at how Google engineers have extended Gmail in a wide variety of optional — but sometimes very helpful — ways.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 April 2011

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 7.2, Boot Camp 3.2 Update for MacBook Pro (early 2011), and ChronoSync 4.2/ChronoAgent 1.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 11 April 2011

Along with an announcement of Adam’s upcoming MUG meeting in Denver, we have a pair of podcasts for your listening pleasure this week, with Joe Kissell talking about Mac maintenance on the Tech Night Owl Live and Matt Neuburg joining a MacJury to celebrate the iPad’s birthday.Show full article

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