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62 things you can do with Dropbox

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We love Dropbox, the file-synchronizing service. We know Macworld readers do too. So a few months ago, we asked: How do you use Dropbox? We got more than 250 responses, then boiled those down to 62 unique ideas; here they are.

When a cloud service vanishes: How to protect your data

More and more, we rely on Web services as a matter of course. The key word is rely: We assume that the data we upload to, say, a photo-hosting account or blog will be there. But what happens when a service is shut down?

Search for substrings in Safari

By default, Safari won't find strings of text within words when you search; it'll only find words that begin with whatever you're looking for. But a blogger figured out a fix. Also: How to resize Web pages while in full-screen mode.

Forget fancy formatting: Why plain text is best

Using editors and syncing services that work with plain-text formatting, David Sparks can write almost anywhere, using almost any device. Here's his plain-text workflow.

Limit your kids' Internet access

You say you want to limit your kids' access to the Internet but not to their Macs and iOS devices? Cock a keen eye at your router.

Tame Lion’s Mail

Joe Kissell shares tips, tricks, and less-than-obvious new features for Apple’s email program.

Restore Safari 5.0.3's tab opening behavior

Safari 5.1 changes where a new tab appears when you open one from a link. Fortunately, if those looking to change that behavior back have some options.

Automator workflow of the month: Extract essential email data

Lion's Automator allows you to easily extract data-detector information--email addresses and URLs, for example--from compatible files. Here's a simple workflow for pulling email addresses from Mail messages and placing them in a new TextEdit document.

Adjust the size of Mail sidebar icons

If you don't like the size of the icons in the sidebar of Lion Mail, guess where you have to go to adust it? Hint: It's not in Mail's preferences.

See the whole conversation in Lion Mail

The new Conversations view in Mail is great--except that, by default, it leaves out your replies in the thread. Here's how to change that.

62 things you can do with Dropbox

We asked readers, "How do you use Dropbox?" We were flooded with replies. Boiled down, here are their top tips.

Ten Safari shortcuts you should know

Save time using your browser by learning these essential keyboard shortcuts for both Snow Leopard and Lion's Safari.

How to back up your Gmail

Are you one network outage away from losing all your email archives? Joe Kissell shows you how to minimize your chances of losing email by backing up the contents of your Gmail account.

Publish your iWeb site on Dropbox

Now that MobileMe is going away, here's another free way to post your Website

How and why to search Twitter

Need to monitor tweets about a major event? Want to know when customers are griping about you? Learn how to search Twitter and you can.