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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

Our apologies if we haven't responded to email sent to us late last week. We were in Indianapolis days talking with the folks at Hayden about various books and explaining to the publishers of the different Prentice Hall Computer Publishing imprints about what the Internet is aboutShow full article

Jack Mello

Jack Mello reported his frustrating experience after updating a Mac Plus from ARA 1.0 to 2.0 and attempting to configure the settings: "This caused the machine to give me a Finder errorShow full article

MTBF Revealed

We commented last week that we didn't know how that increasingly large mean time between failure (MTBF) number is calculated for hard drives. Luckily, the beauty of having so many knowledgeable readers (and a few comedians) is that we receive good answers to such questions. Luca Accomazzi suggests helpfully: I may have an answer about how to determine a MTBF of 500,000 hoursShow full article

CE Fixes QM Server

Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc. Late last month, CE Software, Inc. announced a new release of its QuickMail electronic mail server software, version 2.6v2Show full article

MacInTax & Common Cents

If you live in the U.S. and haven't yet filed your tax return, chances are you're planning a small adventure in accounting in the next few days. If you use MacInTax, be aware that the program pinches pennies differently from last yearShow full article

FirstClass 2.5 Ships

Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc. Better late than never, say owners of Soft-Arc's FirstClass messaging software. SoftArc shipped the long-awaited FirstClass 2.5 at the end of March, making it available to existing customers immediately on SoftArc Online, their own FirstClass serverShow full article

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