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Joe Kissell joined the TidBITS staff in 2006 as Senior Editor and now lives in San Diego after more than five years in Paris. He has written more than two dozen Take Control books, including the best-selling Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, and numerous print books about Mac OS X. He is also a Senior Contributor to Macworld and the creator of Interesting Thing of the Day. (December 2012)

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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 of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9: Manage iCloud Security

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 8: Surf the Web Safely

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 7: Fortify Your Mac’s Defenses

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 6: Improve Your Network Security

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 5: Improve Your Passwords

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 4: Beef Up Your Security Settings

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 3: Quick Security Fixes

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 1: Introducing Mac Security

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 2: Learn Security Basics

Apple Mail: The Yosemite Progress Report

“Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite” Says It All

FlippedBITS: Do Privacy Policies Mean Anything?

FlippedBITS: Misconceptions about Changing Email Addresses

Bonus Tips for Apple Mail

Mail Improvements in OS X 10.9.2

Mail in Mavericks: Is It Safe Yet?

Mail in Mavericks Changes the Gmail Equation

Bypassing the Cloud with Transporter

FlippedBITS: Java, JavaScript, and You

FlippedBITS: IMAP Misconceptions

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