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List view, spring loaded folders, and Finder windows Desktop
This hint is a nice, new (I think?), Spring Loaded Folder feature that I stumbled upon completely by accident.

If you're in List View in the Finder (as I am most of the time) and you hover over a disclosure triangle (the little triangles next to folder icon in List View) while dragging an object (file or folder), then the triangle turns and reveals the folder's contents. The normal behavior if you hover over the folder's name is to display its contents in a new Finder window. Of course, in either case, you can accelerate the process by pressing the space bar while hovering, instead of waiting on the Finder's spring loaded folder delay setting.

Very convenient if you don't want windows popping up all over the place when manipulating files in the Finder.

[robg adds: As a reminder, the space bar trick works even if you've disabled spring loaded folders in the Finder's preferences.]
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