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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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Saturday Night Live Skewers iPhone 5 Tech Blog Coverage

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We’re not sure what’s more amazing about this Saturday Night Live sketch from last week: that the bit is funny, or that it pokes fun at Apple products and the entire industry in a way that doesn’t reflexively rely on lazy rumors or reporting. In it, bloggers from CNET, Wired, and Gizmodo are interviewed about the iPhone 5’s problems such as the new Maps app, lens flare when taking photos of the sun, being too thin and light, and susceptibility to scratches. Count on a trio of guests to put them in their place. (Our apologies to international readers since Hulu isn’t available in other countries. You may be able to find a copy on YouTube or other video sharing sites before NBC has it removed.)favicon follow link


Comments about Saturday Night Live Skewers iPhone 5 Tech Blog Coverage
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David Vereschagin  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2012-10-15 09:49
Link to Hulu works only in the US.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-10-15 10:12
Yes, that's unfortunately true. You can try searching for the video on YouTube and other video services - try "iPhone 5 SNL".
Eolake Stobblehouse   2012-10-15 13:00
David Vereschagin  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2012-10-15 19:03
“ "SNL iPhone..." This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by NBC Universal.”

* Sigh *
Ken Powell  2012-10-15 21:25
On YouTube, search for saturday night live iphone5. It's a really wonderful piece...

It is a funny piece. Better to find it on Youtube anyway, you can watch without the annoying ads from hulu's version.
Ken Braly  2012-10-16 17:58
It's on the NBC site