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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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Newton Synonyms

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Pythaeus and some MessagePad-pioneering readers have passed along this list of commands and their synonyms supported by the Newton Intelligence system. Many of these aren't documented, though some are basic Newton functions. You can always write a command, such as "Call Adam," on any Note Pad memo, then tap the Assist button to have it executed. (If you do any correcting along the way, you must select the command before tapping Assist, but if the MessagePad interprets your command correctly on the first try, you can tap Assist as soon as it finishes the interpreting.) Of course, if you write a command on the memo you wish sent, printed, etc., the command will be part of the result! With that in mind, try some of the following:

Written action word -- Result

  • Call, ring, dial -- Dial a phone number

  • Fax, fax it -- Send the item on your screen as a fax (requires a Newton fax modem)

  • Mail, email, mail this, send this -- Send the item on your screen as electronic mail

  • Print, print it -- Print the item on your screen to a printer

  • Find, find it, look for, search for, locate, locate it -- Search for text

  • Remember, remind, remind me, to do, don't forget to, don't let me forget, don't let me forget to do -- Add a reminder to your to do list

  • Schedule, meet, meet me, see, talk to -- Add an appointment to your calendar

  • Breakfast -- 7 AM (optimistic, isn't it?)

  • Lunch -- Noon

  • Dinner -- 7 PM

  • Holiday -- Add day note instead of appointment

  • Birthday, bday, b-day, anniversary -- Day note that repeats annually

  • Time, time in, the time in, what time is it, what time is it in, what time, what is the time, what is the time in -- Look up the time in another city

 

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