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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/16-May-05

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'Evil' Widgets in Dashboard -- Here we go again. It seems that it may not be entirely safe to download Dashboard widgets; read on for details. (8 messages)

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Moving between base stations under Tiger -- Moving between AirPort base stations while using Tiger may not work properly, but Apple knows about the problem. (1 message)

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Tiger's keys and cursors -- In Tiger, you can remap the Caps Lock key to be anything you want, and readers share other helpful suggestions about keys, buttons, and cursors. (2 messages)

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Power user features vs. whizz bang features -- Is Apple spending too much time on eye-candy features like Dashboard in favor of things that will make a difference to power users? And is that a bad thing? (7 messages)

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Reading NeXTstep disk -- What do you do if you have data on an old NeXTstep disk that you need? (4 messages)

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Mounting a Mac OS 9 network volume in Tiger -- Reports of problems using AppleShare over AppleTalk networks in Tiger leads to talk of how the two terms are often confused. (13 messages)

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Science applications on the Mac -- So what are Mac-based scientists using for experiment programming, publication-quality charts and graphs, and more? (7 messages)

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New File System in Tiger -- Does Tiger lock files differently than previous versions of Mac OS X to prevent multiple applications from changing the same file? Or not? (6 messages)

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Old PowerBook SCSI hard drives -- Can you pull data from an old SCSI laptop hard disk these days? Finding an adapter proves challenging. (2 messages)

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Spotlight and backups -- How will Tiger's new search utility affect the way we back up data? If everything is scattered about one's hard drive, can backup utilities handle an anticipated breakdown of hierarchical filing? (2 messages)

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