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 Macworld SF 2001
- Palms Up at Macworld Expo (29 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Photo Catalogs (29 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Go Wireless, Young Mac (29 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Personal Firewalls (22 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Cool Utilities (22 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: User Groups Hold On (22 Jan 01)
- New Power Mac G4s Debut with SuperDrive (22 Jan 01)
- Mac OS X Solidifies at Macworld Expo (15 Jan 01)
- PowerBook G4 Titanium Burns Bright (15 Jan 01)
- Jobs Aims Apple for the Digital Lifestyle (15 Jan 01)
We're finally catching up on sleep we lost at Macworld Expo, and now we're looking at trends and notable products that will make this year interesting. Along with the explosion in wireless networking, Adam samples photo-cataloging software, Jeff Carlson gets the Palm market in hand, and the rest of the TidBITS staff weighs in with our traditional list of superlatives. In this week's news, Proxim reunites separated siblings Netopia and Farallon.
Proxim Reunites Farallon and Netopia -- The convoluted history of the company which began as Farallon Communications continues to loop back on itself. In 1997, Farallon changed its name to Netopia and began to focus less on the Macintosh and more on the InternetShow full article
Back in 1999, Apple started the ball rolling on wireless networking by releasing the inexpensive AirPort Base Station and providing an AirPort option for all MacsShow full article
Missing from Apple's statement of support for the digital lifestyle was an emphasis on digital photographs. I could easily see an iPhoto or iPicture from Apple at the next Macworld Expo - something to categorize and organize digital photographs, print and export them in useful ways, and easily create Web pages with your photos for viewing by your friends and familyShow full article
Computer sales may have dipped industry-wide, but the popularity of Palm handhelds is looking up - two stories up, to be precise. At Macworld Expo 2001 in San Francisco, Palm's booth featured not only a contingent of Palm OS developers and Palm's lineup of devices, but also a two-tiered presentation stage with balconies that inspired at least one attendee to exclaim, "But, soft! what backlight through yonder window breaks?" Not to be outdone, Palm OS licensee Handspring dazzled attendees with a large main screen and video displays set behind huge mock Visor handheldsShow full article
We couldn't conclude our Macworld coverage without our biannual collection of Macworld Expo superlatives, the products that caught our eyes this year in San FranciscoShow full article