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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/04-Apr-05

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Tinderbox impressions -- Readers take the Tinderbox demo for a spin and compare how well the note-taker works over the long term. (3 messages)

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Getting Tiger -- With Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger nearing completion, Amazon has posted a rebate offer for those who order Tiger now. (7 messages)

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Who's clueless, the computer or the user? A hidden interface element leads to a fascinating discussion of design in software, interfaces, and real-world appliances. (25 messages)

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Mini in your carry-on? Are you likely to cause a ruckus if you try to bring a Mac mini onto an airplane in your carry-on luggage? (10 messages)

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Anyone using GoodPage? Following the recent DealBITS offer for Tari's GoodPage Web design software, a reader solicits opinions from other people who may have downloaded the demo version. (3 messages)

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Other credit card number theft stories -- Clearly, Adam isn't the first person to have his credit card number stolen (as related in last week's issue). Others share their tales of frustration. (2 messages)

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Introducing an elderly computer novice to Macintosh -- An elderly friend wants to buy a computer, but with no previous experience, what other sources should he or she look to for help getting up to speed? (25 messages)

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Thoughts about identity theft -- Are credit cards more likely to be stolen than debit cards? What other steps can you take to protect your identity? TidBITS readers continue to offer good suggestions. (7 messages)

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Mac-friendly GPS systems -- Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receivers are cool, but support on the Mac has always been spotty. One reader solicits suggestions for USB drivers and other information. (3 messages)

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