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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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TidBITS Appearances at Macworld SF

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TidBITS Appearances at Macworld SF -- We may be a virtual organization, but we love meeting you in person at Macworld Expos. If you're attending the show this week in San Francisco, stop by one or more of the events below and say hello.

  • Wednesday, 05-Jan-00: Adam will be signing copies of his Eudora VQS book at the Aladdin Systems booth (#2217) from 1:00-2:00 PM. Jeff Carlson and his co-author Glenn Fleishman will be signing their Real World GoLive book and answering questions about GoLive in the Adobe booth from 2:00-4:00 PM.

  • Thursday, 06-Jan-00: Adam will be signing copies of his Eudora VQS book at the Peachpit Press booth (#2428) from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Jeff will also be at the Peachpit booth from 10:00-11:00 AM signing his Real World GoLive book, and then again from 2:00-3:00 PM for his Palm VQS book. We'll both be at the Netter's Dinner Thursday night - make sure to sign up in advance if you wish to attend. Matt Neuburg will be signing his REALbasic book at the REAL Software booth (#949) at 10:30 AM.

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  • Friday, 07-Jan-00: Jeff Carlson and Glenn Fleishman will be signing their Real World GoLive book in the Adobe booth from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

  • Unfortunately, since O'Reilly & Associates doesn't have a booth at Macworld Expo, I don't have any signings scheduled for Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook. However, visit the Connectix booth (#1707) since they'll be giving away signed copies of the book throughout the show, and I might be able to set up some sort of an appearance there. In lieu of that, check out the URL below (after Wednesday, 05-Jan-00), where David Pogue and I interviewed each other about the book. [ACE]

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