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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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New Take Control Ebook Helps You Find Anything on Your Mac

Our latest Take Control ebook explores the hidden depths of Spotlight searching, explains the concepts behind Spotlight indexing and the “grammar” of Spotlight searches, and teaches readers how to find anything on a Mac, either via graphical criteria bars or by typing in Spotlight’s underlying language.Show full article

Print and More from iOS with Printopia 2

The Macintosh software Printopia enables you to print documents from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, but that’s just a surface feature. Its real utility lies in the other ways it can share content from iOS devices.Show full article

Apple ID Becomes Mac OS X and iCloud Glue

The humble Apple ID has increasingly insinuated itself into Apple’s various Web sites and products. With Lion, it also lets you bypass passwords on individual machines and services — although that convenience comes with a security cost. With iCloud, its role is expansive but brittle. Apple needs to make merging and grouping accounts more flexible.Show full article

Mac Virtualization Update: VMware, Parallels, and VirtualBox

The latest versions of Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox bring Mac users ever closer to virtualization nirvana. Joe Kissell offers an overview of the current offerings and ponders the present and future of running Windows on a Mac.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19 September 2011

Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.3, Camino 2.0.9, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.1.3/2008 12.1.3/2004 11.6.5, VMware Fusion 4, and a trio of firmware updates for recent models of the Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 19 September 2011

It’s always interesting to hear what CEOs really think, and this week we ran across Netflix CEO Reed Hasting’s explanation for how Netflix is going to self-destruct, plus an interview with former Apple CEO John Sculley. Also this week, Google Docs gains a comment-only access option and Apple receives a fascinating 3D display and imaging system patent.Show full article

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