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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows Desktop
I am not sure if people are aware of this, but I discovered it completely by accident. Go to the Finder, click on a file and open the file's Get Info window (Command-I, via the contextual menus, or File: Get Info). Look for a triangle next to the Preview section, and click on the triangle so it is pointing downward. Now here are some things to try...

If you hold down the Option key and move the icon, it will copy the file to the dragged location. If you simply drag it to a new location, the file will be moved to that location. You can even drop files onto an application icon and open files associated with the icon. If you double-click on the icon, the document will open up in its chosen application.

It appears that the Preview section has all the properties associated with a file in a Finder window, except for a contextual menu.

[robg adds: This worked for me on everything other than movie files. With a movie file, the Preview area is a small QuickTime player showing the movie itself, and I wasn't able to do anything with this, other than watch the video.]
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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows
Authored by: cifero on Nov 30, '05 08:01:04AM

sorry but I think almost everything dragged with the option button pushed
is copied where you drag it, or not?

yes, the info window do this too, but in my opinion do it because everything everywhere in the system do it.



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By jove, you're right
Authored by: lullabud on Nov 30, '05 08:59:52AM

I just moved a folder by clicking on the icon in the title-bar and dragging it to a new location. Crazy short cut, very very cool. It's just all those little things that make Mac so freakin awesome.



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By jove, you're right
Authored by: seika7 on Nov 30, '05 09:33:34AM

IMO, that's the safest way to move a folder to the trash. Drag the title bar icon of the open Finder window (hold it for a second to grab it) to the trash so you can see the contents of the folder while you delete it. One of my favorite features from Mac OS 9.

--Bryan



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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows
Authored by: oliverchaddock on Nov 30, '05 08:05:53AM

BTW I think this is 10.4 only. I can't seem to replicate the behaviour on 10.3.9.



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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows
Authored by: rhowell on Nov 30, '05 08:44:44AM

A more precise description of what happens:

Drag to a new location within the same volume: move
Option-Drag to a new location within the same volume: copy
Command-Option-Drag to a new location within the same volume: create alias
Drag to a new location within a different volume: copy
Command-Drag to a new location within a different volume: move
Command-Option-Drag to a new location within a different volume: create alias



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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows
Authored by: astrosmash on Nov 30, '05 11:16:27AM

It appears that the Preview section in the Info Window is exactly the same as the Preview section in Finder's column view.



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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows
Authored by: MattHaffner on Nov 30, '05 01:52:23PM

Agreed.

And it is certainly true that its ability to work like a "real" icon has changed in Tiger. I used to try and use it that way in 10.3, but was always frustrated when it didn't work like I thought it should. I sort of just came to the realization a month or so ago that it had been doing the "right" thing for a while!



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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows
Authored by: roncross@cox.net on Nov 30, '05 05:59:31PM

Even though I published this hint, I am not sure what use or purpose it serves. Any ideas.

thx
RLC

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rlc



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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows
Authored by: Afuna on Nov 30, '05 07:25:24PM

Easy way to move files on the fly :) It's what I've been using it for most of the time.

Besides moving files from a folder, you can also Get Info a folder and drag files to that icon. (For me it's better than opening a new Finder window, because you still have the original Finder window open with its history, and you don't have to navigate to the location of the folder again as you would have to in a new Finder window).

Works nicely for everything except movie files. If I recall correctly, you can copy but not move them, and the resulting file will be called "Movie Clip 1" so you have to rename -- not worth the hassle.



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Quicksilver as well
Authored by: revscat on Nov 30, '05 08:33:17PM

For Quicksilver users, this is old hat: bring up QS, then type in your filename/app name/contact/whatever. While the QS window is open you can drag the icon to another window, or even drag other icons into the QS window. Whatevah.



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Secrets of the Preview icon in Get Info windows
Authored by: MJCube on Nov 30, '05 09:32:40PM

The tech term is "proxy icon." We're used to seeing them in the title bars of windows.



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