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Drag icons from unfocused windows without switching focus System
Hold down Command and Shift, and you can then drag an icon from an unfocused window. This also works with icons in the title bar of unfocused windows.

Uses for this might be to drag the icon of a folder onto a save or open sheet without digging around, not needing to switch to the Finder (unless that window is obscured), or to drag a new document's icon to the current appliction's icon in the Dock for easy opening without switching to the Finder or triggering the "Open file" sheet.

[robg adds: We've run previous hints on using the Command key to manipulate background window scrollbars and position, but this is new as best as I can tell -- I didn't know it was possible to manipulate Finder objects without activating the Finder (having tried just the Command key a number of times)].
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Drag icons from unfocused windows without switching focus
Authored by: seven5 on Apr 23, '03 10:47:47AM

i may be confused, but i don't press anything to do this. I can
grab a file or icon from an unfocused finder window without
pressing anything.....



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Drag icons from unfocused windows without switching focus
Authored by: elmimmo on Apr 24, '03 06:52:17AM

The point is not to loose focus. Loosing focus seems to depend
on the application being used or what kind of icons you drag. I
discovered this after getting frustrated many times by dragging
icons in the titlebar to save/open sheets (I usually have the
window where I want to save something already open, so unless
you are in column view the only way to reach its icon is going to
its titlebar) and giving the Finder the focus without wanting it.

Try dragging the icon in the title bar from an unfocused window
with no command+shift and you'll loose focus.

You can experiment with other apps. Try dragging icons in the
titlebar from unfocused photoshop documents, web pages in
Internet Explorer, etc. It will, obviously, do the same, but your
current focus will stay if you press command+click, but it will
change if you do not press those keys.

IMO, Apple could have left the unchanged-focus feature in all
apps without key combos if the user dragged something, and
change focus if s/he clicks without dragging, but al least we
have the feature with the keys.



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Drag icons from unfocused windows without switching focus
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Apr 24, '03 08:43:03AM

It seems that nobody has considered the effects of spring-loaded folders and windows, configureable under Finder preferences. When I drag a folder from a focused window to a non-focused window, it remains un-focused if I'm fairly quick with the action; if I lollygag for a moment, the focus will follow, dependent on how fast the action is set up under Finder preferences.



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Drag icons from unfocused windows without switching focus
Authored by: elmimmo on Apr 25, '03 04:10:23AM

Yes, that is true.

mmm... maybe the title of the hint should have read "drag icons
from unfocused applications...".

As a side effect though, you get to see the spring loaded folder
scale in low motion due to the shift key ^_^ (I had only see
that in Dock scaling and when selecting a user in the login
window). Really useful :-D



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Drag icons from unfocused windows without switching focus
Authored by: rammjet on Apr 23, '03 10:48:10AM

Maybe it's just me, but I can drag a single icon from an
unfocused window without any modifier keys. Same for the icon
in the title bar.

With no modifier keys, the file/folder is Copied to the new
location. With Shift-Command, the file/folder is Moved to the
new location.



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Drag icons from unfocused windows without switching focus
Authored by: vdubya on Apr 23, '03 11:44:24AM

The trick appears to be clicking (without letting go) and
dragging. Works fine without modifiers.

Good thing is that I didn't know you could drag a folder to the
open/save dialogs...

Now that I've learned something today...guess I can take that
mental vacation I've been planning...



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Drag icons from unfocused windows without switching focus
Authored by: pckizer on Apr 23, '03 11:49:57AM

One good example that has bugged me has been with
Safari. Being previously familiar with Omni, I missed the
functionality where having a Terminal (or iChat, etc.)
window in the forground you could click-drag the URL icon
from Omni to Terminal without Omni coming to the front
for sharing a URL.

With Safari, as soon as you click on the URL icon Safari
would cone to the front obscuring the Terminal window.
Using Command allows a similar behaviour in Safari as was
allowed with Omni with the addition one extra key-stroke.



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