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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/09-Apr-07

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New Ebook Covers AirPort Networking with 802.11n -- 802.11n is a newcomer in the world of wireless networking standards, and it's also new in the version of the AirPort Extreme Base Station that Apple began shipping in February. If you own or are contemplating the purchase of one of these new base stations, the new "Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Extreme Network" has the information you need, whether you just want friendly guidance as you go through a basic setup or you need help with adding printers or USB drives to your base station, have a tricky Internet configuration, want to improve the range and coverage of your network, or want to secure your network against outsiders. The ebook also covers connecting to an Apple TV, using older Wi-Fi gear without hurting performance, and streaming music via an AirPort Express.

Owners of "Take Control of Your AirPort Network" should click the Check for Updates button on the cover of their ebook to access a discount on this new title.

You can hear Glenn chatting with host Chuck Joiner about the AirPort Extreme, the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard-making process, and the ebook in a recent MacVoices podcast.

 

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