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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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Defragmenting and optimizing -- Readers who do a lot of video or graphics work continue to chime in about the effectiveness of defragmenting hard drives. Also, if your Mac's performance does improve after defragmenting or optimizing the drive, is the improvement too small to notice? (23 messages)

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Moving virtual memory swap files -- The discussion of virtual memory swap files continues, focusing some applications (like Safari) that seem to leak memory and cause swap files to grow uncontrollably. Some useful performance improvement tips here! (32 messages)

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Software Update operations -- You can run Software Update from a command line, but there can be complications when shutting down or restarting from there. Also discussed is why Software Update doesn't work for non-admin users and why Apple requires restarting after many updates. (9 messages)

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