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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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No Email Issue 25-May-09 for Memorial Day

We're taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 01-Jun-09.Show full article

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Restoring Mac OS 9 Desktop Click Behavior

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18-May-09

Notable software releases this week include Maperture Pro 1.2, Smart Scroll 3.0, Adobe Reader 9.1.1, Acrobat Pro and Standard 9.1.1, and Things 1.1.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 18-May-09

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 18-May-09

This week's discussions touch on several topics: setting up a VPN for a small business, using multiple keychains in Mac OS X, rotating a display using Nvidia graphics processors, bringing Finder windows to the front when the Desktop is clicked, the accuracy of GPS, upgrading to the latest version of Leopard, and a crashing problem on older eMacs.Show full article

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