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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

In an effort to maintain sanity while continuing to keep the quality and timeliness of TidBITS high, we recently brought on a new Managing Editor, Jeff Carlson Show full article

Where To Send Press Releases

Where To Send Press Releases -- With the addition of Jeff Carlson as our Managing Editor, we've had to rethink our workflow somewhat, in part because we're an entirely virtual organization that has in the past relied heavily on the Telepathy Manager for internal communicationShow full article

Apple Online Technical Support

Apple Online Technical Support -- Apple recently revamped their online support Web pages, creating an electronic help system that doesn't require its own tech supportShow full article

PowerBook 1400 Update

PowerBook 1400 Update -- TidBITS has received notes from a few readers who have tried to use Disk First Aid and other disk utilities on PowerBook 1400s, but receive a message indicating the PowerBook hard disk is not an HFS diskShow full article

HTMLbits: HTML Editors Trend Toward Free Placement

Macworld Expo put many HTML editor vendors on the floor within the same square mile, making it possible to compare their latest and greatest offeringsShow full article

More Details on Energy Saving Control Panels

Information on energy saving control panels that can automatically put many Macs to sleep (in a variety of ways) and that can restart soft-power Macs after a power failure continues to roll in after my articles about the topic in TidBITS-356 and TidBITS-357. Pete Resnick notes: Auto Power On/Off appeared for the first time in System 7 ProShow full article

Rev: Saving Us From Saver's Remorse

My main complaint about the Macintosh industry these days is that there are few new products with broad appeal. Internet products do relatively well in that category, but I ran across a product at Macworld Expo this year that should appeal to almost every Macintosh user. When I worked at Cornell University as a student in the public computer rooms, it was all too common for someone to select an entire document with Command-A (often missing the intended Command-S) and type a letter accidentally, replacing the entire document with that letterShow full article

Impressions of a Macworld Newbie

When I began working at my current office (an informal co-op of computer consultants and authors with a sign outside that reads "Galactic Headquarters"), I came from a desktop publishing job where I was both the "Macintosh guy" and the "PageMaker guy." I thought I knew a thing or two until I met these folks, who quite literally know nearly everything about PageMaker, QuarkXPress, Photoshop, FreeHand, and more - they can even write their own PostScript code if necessaryShow full article

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