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).
Other articles in the series Can't Let Go of Quicken 2007
- Intuit Releases Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion Compatible (08 Mar 12)
- Intuit Plans Lion-Compatible Quicken 2007 Update (22 Dec 11)
- Follow-up to Finding a Replacement for Quicken (20 Sep 11)
- Finding a Replacement for Quicken (05 Aug 11)
We range from the theoretical to the practical this week, with Glenn Fleishman floating a proposal for why some otherwise smart people seem incapable of using computers effectively, before we move on to Michael Cohen’s story of helping a friend upgrade to a new iMac — hint, it wasn’t simple, but probably not for the reasons you’d expect. Also this week, Glenn covers the announcement that OverDrive will start making Kindle-format ebooks available for libraries to lend, Joe Kissell looks at the CrashPlan Mobile iOS app that provides access to your backed-up data on CrashPlan Central, and we publish followup information about personal finance programs that could replace Quicken. Notable software releases this week include Thunderbolt Software and Display Updates, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1.
This new iOS app lets you access backups from any computer that you’ve stored on CrashPlan Central, using your favorite iOS device.Show full article
8 of 17 developers responded to our questions about their personal finance packages; we’re linking to their answers here so you can take the information into account when looking for a program to replace Quicken.Show full article
Over 11,000 U.S. libraries that work with OverDrive, a firm that facilitates digital book lending, will be able to add Kindle-format borrowing to titles they already offer. This move neither opens Amazon’s Kindle catalog nor expands current offerings, however.Show full article
When you use a computer, can you anticipate what its response will be to nearly anything you do? Or does it feel largely random, such that you end up surprised by its reactions to your actions?Show full article
It’s really easy to move from an old Mac to a new one if you plan ahead. But you have to know what to plan.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Thunderbolt Software and Display Updates, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1.Show full article
Those in California can meet up with TidBITS Senior Editor Jeff Carlson at the Mac Computer Expo next week, and if you can’t make the trip, check out Adam’s recent video presentation to the Portland Macintosh Users Group. We also have news of Sprint dropping unlimited data usage for mobile hotspots, Thunderbolt Display connection options, how to enable AirDrop on any Mac, and a Web-based tool that lets you find Macs by their specs.Show full article