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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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RIP MacFixIt

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MacFixIt, a site dedicated to troubleshooting news and information for Apple products since 1996, has been killed off by CNET. Ted Landau, who now writes for Macworld, sold MacFixIt to TechTracker in 2000, which was then acquired by CNET in 2007. The original site, www.macfixit.com, now redirects to the Computers section of CNET, though some of its original content can be found via Google searches.favicon follow link

 

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TRACY YOUNG  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-03-26 07:16
RIP indeed. Max Fixit saved my bacon more times than I can count and was pretty much the way i learned everything about troubleshooting, etc. I sort of lost track when it went to CNET, but I will be forever grateful.
Topher Kessler, the person who did most or all of the MacFixIt writing on CNET has just initiated a blog at http://www.macissues.com/
Sonia Zighelboim  2014-03-26 15:37
Thank you for this info.
I used MacFixit for years, and was very sad to see it go.
It is great to know that there is a substitute, that may be even better!
Wow. MacFixit actually was my homepage a number of years ago. People asked me whey I forked over $25 a year to subscribe and I would tell them that since time isn't free (at least mine isn't) MacFixit paid for itself many times over. RIP
Steven Oz  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-04-01 16:20
I'm glad former MacFixit's Topher has started a new site, noted above.