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Using scrollable stacks

From: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

Video: Using scrollable stacks

One of the features introduced in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard was stacks, which is a way of viewing and opening the contents of a folder in your Dock without having to open the folder itself. For example, when I click my Applications folder in the Dock, I see a grid of all the applications currently installed on my Mac. Now the problem with the Grid view of stacks was that you only had so much room to view the icons. If you had more items in the folder than could be displayed in the stack grid, you would see a button that said something like '20 more in Finder' which you could then click to open the actual folder you were looking for. But that usually meant having to start searching all over again for the file or item you wanted to open.

Using scrollable stacks

One of the features introduced in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard was stacks, which is a way of viewing and opening the contents of a folder in your Dock without having to open the folder itself. For example, when I click my Applications folder in the Dock, I see a grid of all the applications currently installed on my Mac. Now the problem with the Grid view of stacks was that you only had so much room to view the icons. If you had more items in the folder than could be displayed in the stack grid, you would see a button that said something like '20 more in Finder' which you could then click to open the actual folder you were looking for. But that usually meant having to start searching all over again for the file or item you wanted to open.

This minor annoyance has a very simple fix in Snow Leopard. Stacks are now scrollable. To show you what I mean I'm going to grab a folder with lots of items in it. I'm going to go to my main hard drive, and I'm going to drag the Library folder in here. You don't have to do this. I'm just demonstrating this because that has a lot of items in it. So now when I click on my Library folder, notice I can scroll through the entire contents of the folder and have access to everything in it. This is all without having to open the folder itself. Additionally, if I select another folder within the grid, like say the Preferences folder, I can see its contents without leaving the stack.

I can get any drilling further into more folders. I go to Audio, and that just has a couple of things in it. Notice there is a back arrow in each of the sub-folder displays. So I can retrace my steps back out of the folder structure, all without leaving stacks. To me, this simple improvement makes stacks much more usable in Snow Leopard. If you've been using stacks in say Fan view, which looks like this, or in List view, which looks like this. You might want to give Grid view another look, especially since it makes it much easier to preview the files in these larger icons.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Mac OS X Snow Leopard system requirements
      1m 44s
    3. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 5m 23s
    1. Overview of Snow Leopard
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding 64-bit support
      3m 1s
  3. 15m 13s
    1. Using text substitution
      4m 54s
    2. Updating printer drivers
      1m 43s
    3. Working with new fonts
      1m 17s
    4. Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength
      1m 18s
    5. Using the new thesaurus
      2m 37s
    6. Reviewing new date and time features
      1m 42s
    7. Using screen locking
      1m 42s
  4. 9m 4s
    1. Restoring deleted items
      2m 1s
    2. Reviewing icon enhancements
      3m 49s
    3. Adjusting Spotlight view options
      2m 7s
    4. Using the better drive ejection feature
      1m 7s
  5. 6m 11s
    1. Using scrollable stacks
      1m 51s
    2. Activating Exposé
      2m 51s
    3. Minimizing into application icon
      1m 29s
  6. 9m 50s
    1. Storing top sites
      4m 19s
    2. Searching through your history
      2m 21s
    3. Using full page zoom
      1m 33s
    4. Using Google Suggest
      1m 37s
  7. 20m 20s
    1. Reviewing the new interface
      3m 3s
    2. Using quick video and audio capture
      1m 49s
    3. Setting up screen recording
      3m 37s
    4. Using quick trimming
      1m 46s
    5. Sharing movies
      8m 4s
    6. A word about QuickTime 7
      2m 1s
  8. 7m 14s
    1. Viewing contact sheets
      1m 44s
    2. Using intelligent text selection
      1m 11s
    3. Working with the Annotations toolbar
      1m 13s
    4. Opening multiple documents
      1m 8s
    5. Importing from a scanner
      1m 58s
  9. 7m 48s
    1. General improvements
      58s
    2. Using the flight data detector
      2m 16s
    3. Reviewing the sidebar improvements
      50s
    4. Working with Exchange support
      3m 44s
  10. 4m 41s
    1. Syncing with Google and Yahoo
      3m 4s
    2. Viewing and editing events
      1m 37s
  11. 7m 3s
    1. General improvements
      1m 11s
    2. Displaying past conversations
      2m 13s
    3. Marking and clearing transcripts
      1m 28s
    4. Using multiple status settings
      52s
    5. Working with Quick Look integration
      1m 19s
  12. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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