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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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Solve More Word 2008 Problems with AppleScript

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In "Word 2008 and the Paste Plain Text Dance" (2008-01-19) I described a particular problem I'd been having with Word 2008 and how I solved it using a short AppleScript, now that Office 2008 no longer supports VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) scripting. At the end of the article, I asked for feedback about tasks readers had previously solved using VBA and were hoping to replicate using AppleScript. Numerous people wrote in with suggestions, and I describe some of the resulting scripts in an article for Macworld titled "Automating Word with AppleScript." Due to space limitations, Macworld decided to spin off a few of the scripts into their own article ("Automating Word 2008 - Additional AppleScripts"), which appears only online.

If you've had trouble getting Word 2008 to perform some basic tasks, perhaps these scripts will solve your problems, or at least give you some hints as you develop your own AppleScript solutions.

 

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