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10.6: See new functions on various menu bar icons System 10.6
Following the Option-clicking on the Sound icon in the menu bar, I experimented with some of the other options; here are my results:
  • AirPort: gives you all sorts of troubleshooting information, ranging from PHY Mode, BSSID, Channel, Transmit Rate and MSC Index to cover the bulk of them.
  • Battery: normal clicking gives you the charged, charging, or percentage left and the power source. Option-clicking gives you the battery health (generally found inside of System Profiler)
  • Sync: View last sync info for each item that you sync, including those from third parties. Also adds menu items for iSync Diagnostics and Open iSync.
  • Bluetooth: Adds Open Bluetooth Diagnostics Utility menu item.
I have yet to find a third-party menu bar icon that runs differently with an option click, but I can only test the ones I run.

[robg adds: I added the last two entries above, so any mistakes there are mine, not cwanja's.]
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10.6: Collect windows in Spaces overview mode System 10.6
When Spaces is activated (i.e. you're viewing the overview window showing small versions of each Space), holding Command while using the arrow keys to navigate between the Spaces moves any window in the current Space into the new one.

For example, assume the top left Space is showing a Safari window, and that you have this Space selected in the Spaces overview. If you then press Command-Right Arrow, the Safari window will be moved to the top right Space. If there's a window open in that space (Mail maybe), and you press Command-Down, both the Mail window and the Safari window would end up in the bottom right window.

The only reason I can imagine they implemented this behavior would be if someone was trying to collect all open windows into one Space, maybe?

[robg adds: Based on a quick test, it looks like this new Command-Arrow behavior replaces this previous hint, which noted that you could press 'C' in the Spaces overview to collect all open windows. This no longer works in 10.6, nor does 'C' work with any combination of the modifier keys. It looks like there's no longer a 'collect all' shortcut.]
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10.6: Finder-like keyboard navigation in Stacks System 10.6
As you may recall, in 10.5 you could navigate Stacks via the keyboard and open Stack items in the background. I'm thrilled that both of these hints still work in 10.6, and that there are some new keyboard behaviors available.

In 10.6, inside an open Stack, you can now dig into a selected folder by pressing Return (or Command-O or Command-Down Arrow) to view the contents of a folder, and then press Command-Up Arrow to go back to the enclosing folder in the Stack. Pressing Command-Return opens the enclosing folder in a Finder window (and add the Option key to open it in the background).
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10.6: Minimize windows to both sides of the Dock System 10.6
If you use the new minimize to Dock icon feature, and then decide to switch back to the default (minimize to the right side of the Dock), the system won't move any minimized icons from their Dock icons to the right side of the Dock.

Thus, you can have windows minimized both behind application icons and in the right side of the Dock at the same time.
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10.6: Reinstall 'special' System Preferences panels System 10.6
After installing 10.6, I found that the three "special" System Preferences panels (Archives, Disk Images, and Processors) seemed to be missing from the System Preferences panel.

I tried reinstalling from Finder, but when double-clicking on the respective files in Finder, the system told me the panels were already installed. To get them back, I deleted the files in /Library/PreferencePanes (or perhaps in your user's Library/PreferencePanes folder if you installed only for your user). I then double-clicked on the respective files again.

This worked, but the panes can only be installed for all users of the computer. These panels are also 32-bit, as System Preferences will tell you. Finally, I couldn't get the Processor pane to work at all, even after reinstalling it.

[robg adds: I installed the Processor preference panel from the latest Xcode, and it seems to let me control the number of active CPUs, but the option to display the controller in the menu bar isn't working.]
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10.6: Fix an issue where Exposť fails to switch Spaces System 10.6
Snow Leopard has a new feature where holding your mouse down on an application icon in the Dock then shows all windows for that application ("application-mode" Exposť). On my Mac, however, I had a problem with this feature and Spaces. If I selected an application window in "application-mode" Exposť for a window located in another Space, Snow Leopard did not move me to that Space, nor did it move the window to my current Space.

I talked with some other users, and none were experiencing this problem, so it seemed particular to my Mac. After changing Spaces' preferences had no effect on the problem, I decided to trash the Dock's preferences file ( in your user's Library » Preferences folder). I then restarted the Dock by typing killall Dock in Terminal (or you could use Activity Monitor).

After doing this, application-mode Exposť works properly for windows in other Spaces -- when I choose one now, I'm taken to that Space, as expected.
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10.6: A possible solution for missing printer drivers System 10.6
I just updated to 10.6, and my printer driver did seem to be supported. Rather than trying to install the old driver, I came across a blog post that said to use a driver from another brand of the same printer.

For my Fuji Xerox Docuprint 203A, I used the Brother HL-2030, which has the same printer icon and setup. This worked perfectly for me.

[robg adds: I can't easily test this one here, but you'll want to do some preliminary work with Google to find out if your printer is available under different names from other companies.]
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10.6: Use Quick Look in Open and Save dialogs System 10.6
As the title says, Quick Look now works in Open and Save dialogs in Snow Leopard. Select one or more files, press the Space Bar, and voilà!

[robg adds: I tried, but it seems you can't use the new full screen Quick Look shortcut in Open/Save dialogs.]
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10.6: QuickTime Player X doesn't handle AC3 soundtracks System 10.6
This may or may not work in all situations, but if you are struggling with opening a video file using the new QuickTime Player in Snow Leopard, this may help you.

I have found that Quicktime X has a little bit of an issue with opening video files that have an AC3 soundtrack. When I attempt to open a file with an AC3 soundtrack, QuickTime will state that "The document could not be opened." These files work without an issue in QuickTime 7 on Snow Leopard, so I know the files are fine.

The solution to this issue is to open the file in QuickTime 7, remove the AC3 soundtrack from the file, and then re-save it. That way, you will be using the stereo track for your sound (should it exist). You can do this by going to the Window » Show Movie Properties dialog and deleting the AC3/Surround track, and ticking the box beside the Stereo track. Re-save and you should be able to open in QT X.
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10.6: Enter line breaks in text substitutions System 10.6
In the Language & Text System Preferences panel, on the Text tab, you can enter text to be replaced with symbols/longer text blocks - just click the Plus sign to enter a new substitution.

The hint here is that you can have it enter in new lines by using \n (backslash n). This is especially useful for email signing, as you can have something like rjs expand to:

John Smith

[robg adds: Separately from this hint, Mac OS X Hints reader HairyPotter points out that you can enter your text in TextEdit (or other editor), then copy and paste it complete with line breaks in the Text tab. I also discovered you can force a new line by typing Option-Return directly in the Text tab.]
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