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Switch applications while dragging items System
I don't know if everyone knows this, but I've recently realized that the drag and drop system in OS X is much more clever than I gave it credit. As an example, you can drag a URL or graphic or highlighted text from your browser, switch applications using the keyboard (Command-Tab with the Dock or a utility like LiteSwitch), and drop the URL on the new program.

Better still, before you drop, you can type other keyboard commands (for instance, to open a new window in a text editor or e-mail client) and then drop.

[robg adds: Amazing. Every day I continue to be amazed by how little I know about OS X and Macs in general, apparently! This neat little trick will save the "window shuffle" I used to do before dragging and dropping something!]
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Switch applications while dragging items
Authored by: sabi on Feb 19, '03 11:13:50AM

I'd wager a lot of application developers don't know about this either - I sure didn't! For example, in BBEdit the drop target highlighting gets reversed if you have a pending drop over a new window when it opens.



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Switch applications while dragging items
Authored by: youcanrunnaked on Feb 19, '03 11:44:00AM

Anoher way to avoid shuffling windows when doing a drag/drop is with the freeware utility XShelf. Set it to hide off to the left of your monitor when not in use. It's really handy. Watch what happens when you highlight and drag several items to the "shelf" at once.



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Switch applications while dragging items
Authored by: swgs on Feb 19, '03 01:58:17PM

something tells me the developer of xshelf wasnt aware of this feature either.

i'd love to know when this was added. cause if its been in OS X ever since 10.0 or even 10.1, i'd feel pretty silly.

SWGS



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Switch applications while dragging items
Authored by: timrand on Feb 19, '03 02:10:13PM

Here's a great example. Launch Terminal. Open Safari and a page. Take a link in Safari, drag. Keep your finger on the mouse and hit CMD-TAB to switch into Terminal. Type "curl " and then let go with your mouse finger. The URL drops right where you want it. Hit enter and the source is displayed. You can also continue typing after you drop the URL.



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speaking of safari...
Authored by: andyland on Feb 19, '03 04:23:31PM

Is it possible to drag text from a page in Safari? I can drag from the URL pane, but not from a page. I can drag text in IE but who wants to use that?



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speaking of safari...
Authored by: jasenko on Feb 19, '03 04:33:53PM

In Safari (like all other Cocoa apps), when you select the text and click on it, you have to wait a little (like 1/2 sec) before dragging it. Just to mention that versions prior to build 60 did not support drag'n'drop of text.

Great hint bye the way, can't wait to show that to my XP friend.



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speaking of safari...
Authored by: beanboyrjs on Feb 19, '03 05:06:14PM

I thought the drag'n'drop tip was great. Now I find out that yu can actually drag text in cocoa apps. The news just keeps gettin' better and better!

Thanks all!



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windows too
Authored by: saintpuhn on Feb 19, '03 08:35:54PM

careful what you say cause this hint works on windows



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Switch applications while dragging items
Authored by: fooljay on Feb 19, '03 04:35:18PM

Despite the ill-advised and much maligned switch in key strokes by Apple away from a virtual standard, it seems like it would still be easier to just hit Cmd-option-v in Safari...

;-) (jj)



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Switch applications while dragging items
Authored by: jimhill on Feb 19, '03 02:32:02PM

This kind of thing is the reason I visit this website daily (and sent money to Rob -- you will, too, right?). I would never have thought to do this kind of thing but just a few minutes' poking around showed how handy it is. This tip is going into the daily toolbox.

Thanks to the submitter!

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Mac OS X: Because making UNIX simple is easier than debugging Windows.



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Switch applications while dragging items
Authored by: sidecar71 on Feb 19, '03 03:00:16PM

This may be widely known, but you can also drag a file or folder to a terminal window to get its filepath.



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Switch applications while dragging items
Authored by: panicX on Feb 19, '03 05:06:39PM

very cool!!!!



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