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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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Apple Releases Snow Leopard Font Update

Over a month after Mac OS X 10.6.7 shipped, Apple has released the Snow Leopard Font Update to resolve the significant font-related troubles caused by 10.6.7.Show full article

Beware Fake MACDefender Antivirus Software

Intego has identified a new piece of malware called MACDefender that masquerades as an antivirus program in an attempt to sucker users into paying for the program, likely putting credit card numbers at risk for being stolen as well.Show full article

White iPhone 4 Finally Arrives

Apple finally began shipping the mythical white iPhone 4 on 28 April 2011. Let the trumpets sound!Show full article

Macs Targeted by New “Crimekit”

The appearance of a new “crimekit” aimed at Mac OS X users is cause for concern, but not yet for a change in behavior, assuming, of course, that you were behaving cautiously up to this point.Show full article

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: Lex Leaves for Macworld

Lex Friedman is leaving TidBITS after accepting a full-time staff job at Macworld.Show full article

Apple Addresses Location Controversy Questions

Attempting to put the controversy over iPhone location tracking to rest, Apple has released a Q&A that answers the primary questions about what the iPhone is doing and why. Apple even acknowledged that there are some bugs in iOS that will be fixed in a forthcoming update.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2 May 2011

Notable software releases this week include Firefox 4.0.1, MacGourmet 3.1, Microsoft Office 2008 12.2.9 / 2004 11.6.3, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.4, Mactracker 6.0, Quicksilver β59, Mailsmith 2.3.1, Evernote 2.1, iPhoto 9.1.2, and iMac Hard Drive Firmware Update 1.0.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 2 May 2011

If you’re looking for a little more to read this week, Glenn Fleishman explains Assisted GPS at Macworld, Jeff Carlson shares a link to an interview with the ex-Mac luminary and current professional photographer Joe Holmes, and Adam points to Ars Technica’s recent experience with Facebook as a reason to avoid relying on the social networking service for business purposes.Show full article

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