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Dock pop-ups function in the background Desktop
This is a quick and simple observation (hey, it's early on Saturday morning!), but still useful to know. When you use the contextual menus in the dock, they don't change the active appliation. This means, for example, that you can quit any application while remaining in whatever app you're working in - just control-click on the app to quit in the dock and select "Quit". That application will exit without first becoming active.

Where I find this most useful is if I'm working in a Classic app that likes to use the whole screen (Quicken or Photoshop, for example) and I want to change the current iTunes song - a quick control-click on the iTunes dock icon folloed by a click on "Next song" and I don't have to watch the entire screen switch from Classic to Aqua and back for a simple song change.

As more robust dock contextual menus become common (with the elimination of docklings), this should become even more useful.
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