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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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No Email Issue on 26 May 2014 for Memorial Day

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Next Monday is the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, when a number of TidBITS staffers have family commitments, so we’re taking next week’s email issue off. You’ll also notice that we’re not publishing Chapter 3 of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” this week; although the chapter has been written and edited, we’re looking at it and future chapters again to make sure they focus tightly on the target audience of home and small business users — we need to make sure this book doesn’t turn into 1,000 pages of digital spaghetti.

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Comments about No Email Issue on 26 May 2014 for Memorial Day
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Dennis B. Swaney  2014-05-19 16:17
Just wanted to thank you for honoring my mother's 94th birthday!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-05-19 16:40
Anyone who makes it to 94 deserves recognition. Wish her the best from us!