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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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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/28-Feb-05

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iPod shuffle Performance Problems -- Does the iPod shuffle perform notably more slowly than other flash drives when used for copying and deleting data? (7 messages)

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Sharing iTunes but with different ratings for songs -- What do you do for ratings when you and your wife have diverging tastes in music but want to share the same iTunes Library? (4 messages)

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iPod updates (and iPod photo redux) -- TidBITS Talk readers share their impressions of the new iPod mini and iPod photo models. (4 messages)

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Apple Store (iPod) experience -- Apple does right by a reader who had ordered a 60 GB iPod just before the price drop. (3 messages)

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Can two users share one iPod? The subject speaks for itself, and readers answer the question. (3 messages)

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Problems with VERPs -- VERPs, or variable envelope return paths, an approach for managing bounces on mailing lists like ours, might run into problems with challenge-response systems. Then again, it's up to the person using a challenge-response system to make sure that mail from lists gets through. (3 messages)

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Best Unix for old 68k and PPC Macs? More proof that old Macs don't die, they transmogrify. Readers submit suggestions for running Unix variants on old machines. (30 messages)

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Migration help for switchers? A recent Mac convert needs help migrating email and other data from Windows, and the TidBITS Talk readership springs into action. (7 messages)

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Wireless iPod feasible -- How realistic is it to expect a wireless iPod that can download music from anywhere? And if a service were to exist, would it increase the amount of music bought legally due to the ease and immediate gratification it could provide? (16 messages)

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