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Chapter 3. Exploring the Dock > Docked Windows, Files, and Folders

Docked Windows, Files, and Folders

Now, let's talk about the right, or bottom, portion of the Dock. You can drag commonly used documents to this area of the Dock, and a link to them is stored for easy access, as shown in Figure 3.5.

Figure 3.5. Add an important document to the Dock.


You can also drag commonly used folders to this portion of the Dock. Click-holding (or right-clicking) a docked folder displays a list of its contents and the contents of the subfolders in that folder, as shown in Figure 3.6.

Figure 3.6. View the contents of docked folders with ease!


Minimized application windows are also placed in this portion of the Dock. They are labeled with the icon for their associated application for easy identification, as shown in Figure 3.7.

Figure 3.7. Temporarily store your work-in-progress in the Dock.


In addition to reducing desktop clutter, these window miniatures can serve another useful purpose. Depending on the application, minimized windows might continue to update as their associated applications attempt to display new information. QuickTime Player and DVD Player, for example, continue to play movies.

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