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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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Apple Replacing Faulty iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Buttons

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Has the Sleep/Wake button on your iPhone 5 stopped working, or does it work only occasionally? Apple is now offering a replacement program. Enter your iPhone’s serial number to see if it’s eligible, and if so, you can either take it to an authorized service provider or call Apple for a free shipping box. It will take 4–6 days for Apple to repair your iPhone, but participating authorized service providers will have 16 GB iPhone 5 loaners available.Generic Globefollow link

 

Comments about Apple Replacing Faulty iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Buttons

Nick Michaud  2014-04-26 08:53
My sleep/wake button has just recently gone bad. How do I know if my phone is elegible for a replacement?

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Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-04-26 10:52
Nick, click Follow Link above to go to the Apple page where you can see if your phone is eligible.
Timothy C. Gjenvick  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-04-27 04:27
After owning it for about a year my iPhone 5's power button developed a similar problem as one half of the button wouldn't work (I was told by the Apple Genius that the button has 2 switches). I was able to get a new phone under Apple Care. At the time they said this was a common problem, but this announcement suggests it's every more prevalent.
Dennis B. Swaney  2014-04-29 16:03
So, if the serial number check shows that one of the defective batch of switches was installed in your iPhone 5, you can't have the switch replaced with a known good switch until the original switch actually breaks? How many times do I have to operate the switch before this happens?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-04-29 16:16
Just because a switch was in a defective batch doesn't mean that individual switch is bad. It's most likely that that batch had a higher than normal failure rate, but higher than normal may mean only 5% or 10%, making it easy to have a switch that's perfectly fine. My iPhone 5 hasn't had any troubles with its switch.