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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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Adam, Tonya, and Andy Ihnatko on MacNotables

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The real problem with organizing a podcast around well-known Macintosh writers is that we're all slaves to Apple's product announcements. Normally, that just means we're a bit more crazed, but still up for recording MacNotables podcasts. But with the release of Leopard, we all disappeared into major deadlines, resulting in only a few shows since Leopard's ship date. But last week, Tonya and I and Andy Ihnatko were able to connect with Chuck Joiner to record a two-part show. In the first part, we talked about the TidBITS Gift Guide, what we're really doing with regard to Leopard, and some social networking sites. In the second part, we continue the discussion of social networking sites before veering off into a look at another of Andy's areas of expertise - comic books - along with some thoughts on the 1980s. (We’re easily sidetracked at the best of times, and we're all still mentally exhausted.)

 

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