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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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MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9

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Apple has released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 for MacBook Air models released in mid-2011. Ostensibly, the update addresses two issues related to waking from sleep — a bug that prevented waking in a timely maner and a problem that caused fans to run at full speed after waking. However, there are multiple reports on a discussion thread at Apple Support Communities that installation of the firmware update is causing some MacBook Air laptops to shut down completely and not start up again for a lengthy amount of time (so much for that timely waking fix). Additionally, other users report still seeing the EFI update in the Mac App Store’s Update section even after applying the firmware multiple times. This might be one to wait on for a few days to see if Apple reissues EFI Firmware Update 2.9. (Free, 4.1 MB, 10.9.2+)

 

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Comments about MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9
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Steven Fisher  2014-07-22 22:38
The download link seems to be broken at this time.
thirkej  2014-07-22 22:53
looks like it might have crept out too early? Download link page looks only half finished (e.g. button which says "Articletemplate.download"!)
Even better, I was notified of the update via App store and after i clicked install it quit out of everything to restart and then just hung there!
Giving me a nice warm and fuzzy apple feelling!
All is well after a full shutdown and restart but there is/was no FW update :-(
I didn't really need that near heart attack.
Shutdown after update and wouldn't restart for several minutes.
mine just did the same thing.....its been about 6 hours and still nothing. I have been trying to find an answer online, but will probably end up at the apple store.
Apple must have pulled it as the link in the article now goes nowhere.
Russ Aldrich  2014-07-24 21:10
Bluetooth no longer works. Wireless adapter is intermittent. This is not a good, verified release. DO NOT INSTALL!!!!