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I had opened a text file in BBEdit Lite, and wanted to keep a clipping of a website address. Highlighting the address and dragging it to the desktop resulted in a 4K file with ".webloc" for its extension, and the icon for a web url file. Double clicking on the file took me directly to the site.

[Editor's note: This seemed to work in most applications I tested; Office v.X, however, creates "picture clipping" files (surprise?). Clipping behavior overall seems much better in 10.2 than it was previously; I had mixed success creating clippings of any kind from many applications in 10.1.]
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Try Tex-Edit Plus
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 09, '02 03:26:06PM

Tex-Edit Plus, which just released a version for X, has been clipping-aware for a long time. Plus, it's incredibly AppleScriptable and a cheaper replacement for BBEdit (IMHO)



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an additional trick
Authored by: ravedog on Sep 09, '02 08:35:01PM

If you use IE as your default Web browser:

u have always been able to do this with IE - drag the URL from the browser Location or any link on the page to the desktop and u have a .URL file.

In the newest IE, you have the option to open URLs generated from outside IE in a new window (see special settings prefs), something most other browsers have done for a while. However, Double clicking a .URL file in the finder will NOT open a new window for some reason - it will open it in the frontmost window.

The trick is, rename your .URL files to .webloc and they will open in a new window like they should. Other than that, the .URL and .WEBLOC files are identical.

Have no idea why one opens a new window and one doesn't but at least we have an option... all part of the magic and mystery known as OS X.



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Create URL launchers with drag and drop
Authored by: TheToe on Jan 31, '05 02:49:22PM

This doesn't work with inetloc files (ie, non HTTP internet locations). To do one of those, you need to get Safari to display the inetloc you wish to save. You can even use the preview function of a bulletin board (such as this one) to do this.I made my own icon for Help Viewer (to help others get directly tyo their help file without having to do something difficult like finding the Help menu), by making this URL:

help://Mac Help/

and dragging that link to my desktop.

That should open up the Mac Help in Help Viewer. Enjoy!

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