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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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No TidBITS Issue on 26-Nov-07

As is our custom this time of year, we won't be publishing next week's emailed issue of TidBITS on 26-Nov-07 due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. But new content will still appear on our Web site, though.Show full article

Submit Ideas for the 2007 TidBITS Gift Guide

We're gearing up to produce the TidBITS Gift Guide for 2007, and we need your suggestions for the gifts that you plan to give or want to receive this year.Show full article

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Apple Updates Final Cut Studio 2 Applications

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Bonus Stories for 19-Nov-07

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