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10.4: Drag and drop text snippets to docked applications System
While testing the drag URL to Dock tip, I experimented with dragging and dropping 'normal' (non-URL) text snippets to docked applications. For the most part, nothing happens, but there are a few exceptions:
  • Mail: Opens a new message with the dropped text as the body.
  • Script Editor: Opens a new script (and tries to compile it!) with the dropped text.
  • Text Edit: Opens a new document with the dropped text.
  • Safari: Runs a Google search on the dropped text. Granted, not terribly useful if you're in a Cocoa application -- in these, you can just control-click any word or phrase and choose Google Search from the pop-up menu. And if your application supports the Services menu, you can hit Shift-Command-L. But if you're in Word or Excel or some other non-supported application, and you want to run a Google search on some text string, just drag and drop it to Safari's Dock icon. I tried Camino, Firefox, and OmniWeb, and none of them would do anything at all with a block of standard text (only URLs).
I'm sure there are some other apps that handle dropped text in intersting ways; feel free to post any you've discovered.
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Drag and drop text snippets to docked applications
Authored by: rhowell on Nov 10, '05 07:43:23AM

Dictionary also accepts text snippets, one word at a time. I know, I know, why do this when you can...



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Drag and drop text snippets to docked applications
Authored by: jweill on Nov 10, '05 07:57:05AM

Drag text to Stickies -- new sticky with formatted text! Very handy.



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Drag and drop text snippets to docked applications
Authored by: zpjet on Nov 10, '05 08:30:23AM

drag to skype to dial a number or call a nickname.



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Drag and drop text snippets to docked applications
Authored by: carstenlegaard on Nov 10, '05 11:23:28AM

Drag an artist name, a song title or what you like to Acquisition, and the app begins to search immediately. That's a bit of a time saver, ain't it?

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Carsten Legaard



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Drag and drop text snippets to docked applications
Authored by: Scripter12 on Nov 10, '05 11:32:09AM

Dragging a text selection to Tex-Edit Plus appends it to the top window. If no window is open a new one is created. This is the same function as exists in the Services menu.



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Watch out for crashes!
Authored by: klktrk on Nov 10, '05 12:57:45PM

Dragging the link at the top of this hint "drag URL to Dock tip", over the my BBEdit icon in the dock brought my system completely to its knees forcing a hard restart. When I did it again (I'm an idiot), I saw it slowly crashing program after program in my session and hurried to restart the computer before the underlying processes froze as well.

Obviously, I'm not going to keep testing this, so I guess I'll never find out if the culprit is BBEdit, or Camino. My hunch is that it's BBEdit, since it's a Carbon application.



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Watch out for crashes!
Authored by: vramin on Nov 10, '05 02:31:44PM

I tried the same thing from Firefox with the same result so the culpret still isn't known. Both use Mozilla.

I plan to leave further testing to others since I use my desktop box as a web server.



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No crash for me...
Authored by: hamarkus on Nov 10, '05 04:59:27PM

No crash for me, 10.3.9., Camino to TextEdit, SubEthaEdit, TextWrangler.
But then again nothing happens when I drag the link to the Safari icon, so this might work only in Tiger or I am not dragging it "correctly".



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Watch out for crashes!
Authored by: glowsienna on Nov 10, '05 05:55:03PM

No crash for me as I dragged text from Camino to BBEdit. BBedit created a new document with the text selection.



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Watch out for crashes!
Authored by: vramin on Nov 11, '05 02:30:11AM

I'm not really recommending trying it, but the problem we're talking about happens when we drag a link to BBEdit. Text works fine.



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Re: Watch out for crashes!
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Nov 11, '05 04:00:03AM

That's Camino bug 300044 / Firefox bug 301619, which is believed to be an Apple bug and has been reported to Apple as such.

This hint, and the associated crashes/instability, are 10.4-only, even though robg has neglected to mark the hint as such ;)



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Drag and drop text snippets to docked applications
Authored by: seamus on Nov 10, '05 08:43:37PM

Dropping a URL onto the iTunes icon opens it as a podcast subscription.

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Seamus



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Duplicate Hint?
Authored by: triplef on Nov 11, '05 06:56:52AM
Previous Hint

This one is slightly more detailed thogh, but should at least be marked as 10.4-only.

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