Having read all there is to read about the new features in Snow Leopard, it’s now time to get to grips with all those things that are going to improve the way you use the operating system. One of the biggest selling points of Leopard when it arrived was the inclusion of a utility called Stacks. It basically allows you to see and select folders from the Finder from within the Dock. In Snow Leopard this system has evolved to allow users to navigate through bigger Stacks windows by scrolling up and down, as well as allowing users to ‘drill down’ through folder menus. The reason Stacks is such a hit with Mac fans is that it lets us place folders we repeatedly use on the Dock so we don’t need to launch a Finder window each time we want to access a file. As well as being very functional, this system (in typical Apple style) is incredibly pleasing on the eye.
Step 1 – Locate and click
Stacks are held within folders on the Dock. You have two by default on the right-hand side: Documents and Downloads. Click on one of them to bring up the Stack.
Step 2 – Scroll away
If there are enough files in the Stack it will become scrollable. This means that rather than loading a huge window some files will be hidden and you’ll have to scroll down to see them.
Step 3 – Arrow it
You can either use the arrow keys or the mouse to select a file to launch from within the Stack. Hovering your mouse over a file will illuminate the entire file name.
Step 4 – Folders
If you click on a folder, Stacks will drill down and show you the files that are in the folder. You can then launch a file or use the Return arrow in the top-left to return to the main Stack.