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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons Desktop
Tiger only hintNow in Tiger, you can drag text directly onto an app's icon in the dock.

For instance, drag text onto Safari's dock icon, and Safari does a Google search with the string of text. Drag text onto TextEdit, and it opens the application and creates a new document with the dragged text. Drag onto Mail to create a new message with that text, etc.
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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: earthsaver on May 23, '05 01:48:50PM

Would be nice if Mail would interpret that text and enter dragged email addresses in the To field instead of the body.

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- Ben Rosenthal
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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: freebee on May 23, '05 02:59:05PM

How do you drag text?



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: newillmeister on May 23, '05 03:28:05PM

hold down the Command key once you've made your selection... i just figured it out. :-)



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: billabOng on May 23, '05 04:01:01PM

No need to hold the Command key, just pause for a second after clicking on the highlighted text.. then drag.



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: adrianm on May 23, '05 01:54:24PM

Very cool!



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: caseyo4 on May 23, '05 04:57:42PM

It doesn't seem to work with Micorsoft Word. Works with all other text-related apps though...



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: RobertBen on May 23, '05 05:15:20PM

It starts up TextEdit and pastes the text, but with Mail it only works if Mail is already open...

The good news is that I have Mail open almost all of the time ;-)

Nice feature though.



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: Anonymous on May 23, '05 05:14:17PM

This works for Acquisition searches too.



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: C172Pilot on May 23, '05 09:17:59PM

Doesn't seem to work when Mail is not running. On my iMac G4 (1Ghz) if I drop some text on the stamp in the dock the Mail program will open, but won't activate a new email. If the Mail program is running then it works as advertised. Is this with everyone? Although still cool!



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: xhide on May 24, '05 03:40:07AM

actually drag n drop selected text to desktop will automatic create into a text file. I'm using mac os x panther.



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 24, '05 07:57:56AM

Oh? I'm sure when I did it it created some sort of "clipping" thing that could be saved but not edited.

Pete



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: bauknecht074 on Jun 20, '05 04:07:47PM

just something by an obviously slightly debile user: how do i drag and drop text in mac os x at all? seems, if i mark it with the mouse and try draggin it, i always mark a new portion.

sounds totally stupid, but it´s like that.

thanks already.



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: chyna4xena on Jun 20, '05 08:03:52PM

To drag selected text, instead of clicking and then dragging immediately, you have to click, and then hold still for half a second before moving your mouse.

After the click, you'll (in some situations) see the cursor change from the insertion caret to the arrow pointer when it is safe to start dragging.



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10.4: Drag and drop text to dock icons
Authored by: swedentom on May 24, '05 07:29:44AM

I submitted this hint 2 weeks ago, but it never got posted...



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