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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 Offers Mac OS X Discounts to Beta Testers

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Apple Offers Mac OS X Discounts to Beta Testers -- In a unsurprising but still welcome move, Apple has sent out email to people who purchased Mac OS X Public Beta informing them of a $30 discount (the cost of the public beta) on Mac OS X when it ships on 24-Mar-01, bringing its cost down to $100 from $130. To receive the discounted price, you must pre-order from the Apple Store using the personalized link in that email message, and the link is good for only one customer, for only one license to Mac OS X, and only through 14-Mar-01. Unfortunately, the HTML-formatted message we received failed to display in Eudora; other email programs may have similar problems. If you don't see such a graphic in your copy of the message, look at the source and follow the store.apple.com link manually. In Eudora, you can view source with the Blah button, or just choose Open in Browser from the File menu. Such are the problems anyone who sends HTML-formatted email messages may encounter, so if universal accessibility in all email programs on all platforms is your goal, stick with straight text. [ACE]

 

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