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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 
 
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Administrivia

Due to a strange quirk, I lost mailfiles sent to me via the Internet on April 20th and 21st. So, if you sent me something and haven't heard back, that's probably whyShow full article

Virex False Positives

Virex users may wish to use another virus-checker until Microcom fixes a problem with the User Definable Virus (UDV) feature. It appears that it incorrectly identifies some files as being infected with the CODE 252 virusShow full article

Tune-Up Details

Well, the details about the System 7 Tune-Up keep dribbling in. If you don't have difficulties, don't worry, just keep this information in mind in case you need it. Important!! -- Greg Marriott of Apple set us straight on our speculation about how Tune-Up worksShow full article

New Look for CE Software

Just in time for Earth Day, though that seems to be a coincidence, CE Software has been making strides towards maximizing their use of recycled and recyclable materialsShow full article

EcoLinking

If Mark's going to provide us with an article on CE's environmentally-responsible practices, the least I can do is talk about a new book written by Don Rittner and published by Peachpit PressShow full article

SUM II NUM 2.0

We've been wondering when this would happen, and it finally has. Jonathan Feinstein of Shrink2Fit Software let us know that Symantec Corporation, makers of the popular SUM II (Symantec Utilities for Macintosh) and Norton Utilities packages, has rolled the two into a single improved package, Norton Utilities 2.0, or NUM 2.0Show full article

PowerBook Line Fleshed Out, Prices Cut

Apple recently addressed some of the biggest complaints about their PowerBook line of notebook computers by introducing several new configurations of the existing computers and by reducing prices on the existing itemsShow full article

Inspiration Review

I recently tried Ceres Software's thought processor (as they call it), Inspiration (about $160 discounted). I'm not especially fond of using an outline as a method of organizing my thoughts due to being forced to do outlines in junior high English classes. Like all writers, I occasionally have trouble starting a pieceShow full article

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