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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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Exploring Widespread SuperDrive Problems -- An attempt to track down reports of widespread defective SuperDrives via Apple user forums reveals the difficulty in assessing these sorts of large-scale issues, yet also confirms the existence of some kind of significant problem at play. (Doug McLean, 2009-09-14)


New iPod Touch Has 802.11n Chip -- Apple slips in a single-stream 802.11n chip in the latest iPod touch, iFixIt discovers. Faster networking? More likely, a better networked media player. (Glenn Fleishman, 2009-09-12)


Watch Apple Events Online -- If you aren't invited to Apple's special events and want to see the real thing rather than reading liveblog transcripts, subscribe to the Apple Keynotes podcast. (Adam C. Engst, 2009-09-12)


Sprint Offers Unmetered Mobile Calling -- Sprint has a new unmetered plan that lets you call any other U.S. cell phone without dipping into a minutes pool. The plan includes no preset limits on text, data, video, MMS, and GPS navigation, too. (Glenn Fleishman, 2009-09-10)


Hack Microsoft Word's Page Up/Down Keys -- If you're as irritated as we are at Microsoft Word's habit of moving the insertion point when you use the Page Up and Page Down keys (something most Mac applications don't do), read on for a solution that requires no additional software. (Pete Resnick, 2009-09-08)


Google Books Settlement Hits Snags -- The proposed settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers over Google's past work in scanning in-copyright titles may be scuttled over the advantages that such a settlement would confer on the search giant. (Glenn Fleishman, 2009-09-07)


Solve Snow Leopard's Screen Sharing Bug -- The screen sharing feature in Snow Leopard has a significant bug: the remote screen is blacked out or frozen when you connect. Fortunately, there's a simple, though repetitive, fix. (Glenn Fleishman, 2009-09-07)

 

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