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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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DealBITS Discount: Save 50% on Tonx Coffee

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Congratulations to Alan Ullman at, Beth Arsenault at, and Kimberly McKean at, whose entries were chosen randomly in the last DealBITS drawing, and who each received a 12-ounce bag of Tonx coffee (a $19 value). But don’t let your inner coffee fiend fret too much if you didn’t win, since Tonx is offering new TidBITS customers a 50-percent-off discount on a 6-ounce bag of coffee beans.


To take advantage of this offer, which drops the $15 (non-subscription) list price to $7, use this special link to purchase from Tonx (note that Tonx ships only to the United States and Canada at the moment, though if you’re in another country, you can let them know you’re interested at Thanks to the 335 people who entered this DealBITS drawing, and we hope you’ll continue to participate in the future!


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Comments about DealBITS Discount: Save 50% on Tonx Coffee
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David Emme  2013-11-04 16:28
So now we have advertisements for coffee on TidBITS. I quietly ignored the first one. Is this coffee crafted by Apple ? What's next?

Yeah, I know, it's not an advertisement, it's a Public Service Announcement/your marketing term here. And I fully recognize that it's your publication, and you can promote peppermint-flavored condoms on it if you so choose. Still, it feels just like the advertisements-everywhere situation that the entire medium (not just TidBITS) is turning into. A disappointment, to say the least...
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-11-04 16:32
Sorry you feel that way David, but we've ran DealBITS promotions for years, and this is actually the first one we've done since 2011.

It's not strictly Apple related, but Tonx frequently advertises with other Apple-related outlets, so we thought our readers might be interested. And yes, this is a paid promotion by Tonx, but things like this help keep the lights on here at TidBITS. We don't do obnoxious pop-ups or click-throughs like other sites have resorted to.

I'm a paying customer of Tonx. and I can say in all honesty that it is a great service. No one paid me to say that.
David Emme  2013-11-04 17:07
Right. Well, in my own little way (though I'm certainly not as lucretive as your Tonx "paid promotion"), I also do my financial bit to "keep the lights on here at TidBITS". And I'm gladdened to hear that you did not personally profit from the publication of this advertisement :-/

Further, I wouldn't object if this were clearly identified as a "paid promotion", or if it appeared in the "Sponsored by (or whatever the verbage is)" section of TidBITS. And I'm certainly gratified to hear your assertion that this TidBITS ad is not as "obnoxious ... like other sites have resorted to". At least you're not winning the race to the bottom. Yet. Beyond that, my original comments (as a paid supporter) stand.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-11-04 18:13
Sorry to disappoint, David, but the simple fact is that we need to keep the lights on and the servers running. The TidBITS membership program - thanks for being a part of that! - has been essential in helping us keep going, but it hasn't been so successful that we've been able to turn down other sources of revenue. I wish it were otherwise.

DealBITS is something we've done for many years, and it's always commercial - something is given away in a drawing, and those who don't win receive a discount. It's not a straight ad, by any means, and we don't accept just anything.
Steve Frawley  2013-11-04 17:22
The six ounce package is $12 shipped, but the website for half price comes out $7. Somebody has a screwed up calculator.

I will pass. The article is incorrect by saying $6 and half off.
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-11-04 20:55
Sorry Steve, it was my mistake. I spoke with the folks at Tonx, and $15 is the usual non-subscription price, which I didn't realize existed. I had calculated it at the $12 subscription price.

I do hope you give them a shot with a free trial. It's great coffee and a great service.