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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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Airport Express -- Learn how to play streaming audio, such as radio stations, through an AirPort Express. (3 messages)


Crucial bug in Safari for Leopard -- A reader encounters a problem related to loading PDFs and sound files in Safari; anyone else seeing it? (1 message)


Licensing NTFS - Or Why Doesn't Mac OS X Natively Support NTFS -- Joe's article about NTFS for Mac OS X wonders why Apple didn't build that functionality into Leopard. One reader speculates on the answer. (1 message)


New Apple Store in New York/Scrolling in iPod Touch and iPhone -- After a visit to Apple's new retail space in New York City, a reader has questions about displaying maps and accessing private data on an iPod touch or iPhone. (7 messages)


10.4.11 Issue with Quickverse -- A bug in this Mac Bible software has yet to be fixed, leading to questions of faith: which applications can one turn to instead? (6 messages)


Storing passwords on an iPod -- What's the best way to store sensitive material on an iPod, versus carrying a Palm handheld? (3 messages)


Amazon Grocery Delivery Service -- Glenn's experiences using Amazon Fresh invites comparisons to other services, many of which are small and local, compared to the failed promise of Webvan. (4 messages)


Leopard 10.5.1 on a G5? -- After installing Leopard and getting the latest system update, the fans in a reader's Power Mac G5 have gone into jet-plane mode. (5 messages)


Networking Problem -- A reader bought a new modem to take advantage of faster ADSL network speeds - but the devices aren't talking. What can get these peripherals to come back to the table? (7 messages)


Google Goes After Wikipedia -- Readers discuss Google Knol, a Wikipedia competitor that will potentially have issues with copyright and author bias. (4 messages)


Death by mdimport -- Preventing Spotlight searches of several directories made a big difference in system slowdowns for one reader using a Power Mac G5. (1 message)

 

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