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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/05-Sep-05

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iTunes Vs. The Titans -- Rumor has it that the major music labels want to charge more than $0.99 per song, even though Apple's pricing has proven enormously successful. Is Apple powerful enough to stand up to the majors on price? (2 messages)

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How to use Spotlight to search file and folder names quickly -- Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger's new Spotlight search feature is attractive, but it seems to miss what most people search for first: filenames. Here's how to work around the limitation. (9 messages)

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iPhoto Blog integration -- What's the best way to get pictures out of iPhoto and onto a weblog? (7 messages)

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Virtual memory swapping problem -- Virtual memory, which uses hard disk space in place of RAM when RAM is getting full, can dramatically slow down your Mac (especially with an older, slower hard drive). Find out how you can tell if Mac OS X is swapping VM files and what to do about it. (5 messages)

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Professionals switching -- Apple has been appealing to average computer users in its switching campaigns, but what about professionals? Readers share their experiences with Windows-based graphics professionals picking up the Mac. (3 messages)

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Problems with Kensington DC Laptop/iPod adapter -- A power supply with interchangeable adapter tips causes problems for a few readers. (3 messages)

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Annoyance level of different ad types -- Glenn Fleishman's article about Flashblocker software to control Flash-based online advertising prompts a discussion of how intrusive advertising has become. (7 messages)

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Timbuktu "Secure" Connection and Certificates? A representative from Netopia explains how Timbuktu handles secure connections. (2 messages)

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Hurricane Relief -- As Hurricane Katrina ravaged the southeast coast of the United States, TidBITS Talk readers provided links to aid organizations and other resources. (5 messages)

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