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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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Administrivia

It has been a hard week for TidBITS. I'm barely keeping my head above water while in the final throes of finishing the fourth edition of Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, and if that wasn't enough, both Geoff and I have had major disk problems (at one point, four of my five main machines were causing significant trouble simultaneously, and Geoff's problems destroyed several MailBITS and articles he was working on that day)Show full article

Email Woes Update

Email Woes Update -- Geoff is still recovering from his hard disk problems, and asks that you note that replies to email sent to him or to are likely to be delayedShow full article

Hold It Right There, Buster!

Last week, Apple released a patch to System 7.5.3, called System 7.5.3 Revision 2 and code named Buster. Unlike the mammoth System 7.5 Update 2.0 (which shipped on some 14 floppy disks, contained major updates to the system architectures and introduced new technologies like Open Transport 1.1), System 7.5.3 Revision 2 contains only a small number of improvements for a specific range of machinesShow full article

Go for the GIF: Gif*gIf*giF

Look around on the Web, and you'll see Web pages that experiment with video. Although much of this experimentation leaves much to be desired, I believe that movies on the Web will eventually improveShow full article

The Process of Publishing

Many of you have probably seen my email signature recently, modified to warn that my email responses may be short or delayed because I'm working on the fourth edition of Internet Starter Kit for MacintoshShow full article

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