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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť Desktop
I select some text in Safari. I click and hold until it becomes draggable. Now I hit F9. All of the windows shrink. When I place the cursor over the desired TextEdit window, the cursor becomes a white circle with slash, indicating that I can't drop there. However, a moment later Exposť brings that window to the foreground and I am able to drop my text. Elegant!
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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: 3nzo on Nov 02, '03 06:22:14AM

Nice :)



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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: plr on Nov 02, '03 08:14:54AM

Better still - press the spacebar to bring the chosen window to the front immediately, just like it always used to be with popup folders.



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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: plr on Nov 02, '03 08:21:28AM

spring-loaded folders I mean.



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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: avonterr on Nov 02, '03 01:08:28PM

If you have hot corners active, you can drag and drop without going to the keyboard at all

--Select your item or text to drag
--Hold and drag
--Drag to the hot corner
--Drag over the target window
--Pause (wait for the gree "+"
--Release



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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: cagg on Nov 02, '03 01:15:25PM

Yes, I found this a very handy tip. You can use any Expose effect, including (which I just made use of) showing the desktop, clicking an icon, then re-hiding and dragging to appropriate app.

It also works if you have a wheel mouse and have the wheel button configured to do one of the effects (though it may be a bit awkward to try and click the middle wheel button while still holding the left button)



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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: Han Solo on Nov 02, '03 02:13:23PM
Of course, you likely could accomplish the same thing with less time and less mousing around by first highlighting the text to be copied, then selecting "New Window Containing Selection" under "TextEdit" in the Services submenu of the application's menu (such as Safari).

And, in Jaguar, exactly the same thing could be accomplished by selecting "Open Selection" under "TextEdit" in the Services submenu.

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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: Mikey-San on Nov 02, '03 02:23:28PM

I guess you didn't get the full scope of the hint. If I want to drag text from one document to another, and the windows are overlapping too much, Expose will allow me to copy the text from one document and insert it /anywhere I want into the other document./ I think that's what the hint is trying to get at.

I could use "new from selection", but what does that accomplish? That just gives me /another/ window and doesn't put my text in the second document. If I want a brand-new document with the Safari selection, "new from selection" is fine; if I want to stick a piece of text somewhere in a pre-existing document, "new from selection" doesn't help me that much.



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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: MtnBiker on Nov 03, '03 12:14:36PM

I thought this wasn't working, but the document is behind a blank document that TextEdit opens by default.

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10.3: Drag and drop text clippings with Exposť
Authored by: Mikey-San on Nov 02, '03 02:17:11PM

This works, or at least seems to work, with any item or object that's normally drag-and-droppable. I do this with Finder windows and Transmit windows, for FTP operations, all the time now. :-)



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