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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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Take Control News/19-Dec-05

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Make the Most of .Mac with "Take Control of .Mac" -- If you're paying Apple $100 per year for a .Mac membership, are you getting your money's worth? Too many people don't take full advantage of all that .Mac offers, but that can be a thing of the past once you read our latest ebook, Joe Kissell's "Take Control of .Mac." In "Take Control of .Mac," Joe provides comprehensive documentation of .Mac's capabilities, along with plenty of the real-world advice and practical step-by-step instructions you've come to expect from Take Control ebooks. You'll learn the best ways to read email via .Mac's Web interface or in your email program, how to share files with others via your iDisk, and the ins and outs of synchronizing data between multiple Macs. Joe also provides real-world advice about techniques you can use to protect your important data with Backup; how you can make a full-fledged Web site with photos and movies shared from iPhoto and iMovie; and how you can use .Mac Groups to create private online areas for sharing messages, photos, calendars, and files with family, friends, or colleagues.

You can read more about "Take Control of .Mac," download a free 31-page sample, and place an order at:

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"Take Control of Sharing Files in Tiger" Now in Japanese -- Our industrious Japanese translators have returned with a full Japanese translation of Glenn Fleishman's "Take Control of Sharing Files in Tiger." The 122-page ebook makes file sharing easy, whether it's between a pair of Tiger-equipped Macs (via Ethernet, AirPort, or FireWire), among a mixed-platform office workgroup, or between far-flung computers on the Internet. Learn how to set up Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to share files with Macs, Windows, and Unix machines using AppleShare, Samba, FTP, the Web, and WebDAV. Glenn also shows you how to avoid the risks of sharing files across the Internet, provides instructions for accessing shared files from common operating systems, and explains how to enhance Tiger's file sharing with SharePoints. This Japanese translation costs $15 so there's a share for the translators, and it comes with a copy of the English version so readers can learn of updates before they're translated.

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