The option key on your keyboard can unlock all kinds of hidden little tricks in Mac OS X that add, you guessed it, more options. Here are some of our favourites.
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- Reveal Wi-Fi information by Option+clicking the Wi-Fi symbol in the menu bar.
- Option-click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar to get more information.
- Choose a different output and input by Option+clicking the volume icon in the menu bar.
- Turn off Notification Center by option-clicking the notifications bar.
- Immediately go to the "System Information" by option-clicking the Apple icon.
- Option-click to free-resize windows.
- Open all subfolders with an Option+click.
- Resize all columns in Finder with Option+double-click on the column selector.
- Add the "Save As" option back by option-clicking the File menu.
- Get more export options in Preview by Option-clicking the drop down menu.
- Jump to exactly where you want in a document by Option+clicking the scrollbar.
- Option+click+drag the dock to resize in multiple of 16 pixels.
- Replace the app in the forefront by Option-clicking the app you want there (you can also Option+Command+click to minimize all apps).
- Force quit any app by option-right-clicking it.
- Option+click the plus sign to immediately add a song to your "Up next" queue in iTunes.
Of course, the Option key isn't just great in combination with clicking your mouse. Here's a few other awesome things it's great for.