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10.5: Drag from stacks directly to other applications System 10.5
This may seem obvious, but has not been mentioned anywhere that I have looked. You can drag items off a stack to open them in a different application than usual (i.e. Neooffice instead of Microsoft Word). This is in addition to dragging items off the stack to remove them from the folder. This solved one of the most annoying issues about stacks for me!

[robg adds: You can drag them onto docked applications, or onto applications in a Finder window, in the sidebar, or in the toolbar.]
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10.5: Drag from stacks directly to other applications
Authored by: mcmikemn on Dec 19, '07 08:12:01AM

It might be obvious, but just in case: you can also drag items off a stack into the Finder (onto a window or your desktop) and this simply moves the file from the stack's directory to the dragged-to destination.



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10.5: Drag from stacks directly to other applications
Authored by: geekgrrl77 on Dec 19, '07 10:24:46AM

What I don't understand about stacks is why you can't drag an item on to an application item in a stack to open it.

The only thing I can imagine stacks are useful for is as an application launcher (which is what i use my dock as) so I made stacks for different types of apps (utilities, word processing/research, photography etc.).

But, if I try to drag a file onto an item in the stack, then the stack opens in a finder window, and only then can I finish dragging the file onto the correct app to launch the application. Why can't I just drag the file onto the app in the stack itself?



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10.5: Drag from stacks directly to other applications
Authored by: robogobo on Dec 19, '07 12:55:39PM

What you CAN do, however, is open a stack, grab an item, and then hold over another stack (such as Applications), wait for it to spring or hit the spacebar to open that stack, and then drop the item into the App you want to open it with. Of course the preview icon is the only way you have to keep track of what file you grabbed, since the filename isn't visible while dragging from stacks the way it does in the Finder. So if you're like me, you might forget what you just grabbed while moving stuff around. Hopefully this will be fixed in the next update.

This is sort of a painful way of doing what should have been done with the Dock if it had supported hierarchies. Unfortunately you can't easily access subfolders with this method, which forces a bloated Dock. Hopefully this will make its way into the next update.

It seems "Hopefully ... the next update" is the current mantra of the 10.5 user.



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10.5: Drag from stacks directly to other applications
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Dec 19, '07 01:55:43PM

Last but not least, you can drag items from a stack into the Trash. Really useful for e.g. the downloads-Stack.

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10.5: Drag from stacks directly to other applications
Authored by: macavenger on Dec 19, '07 02:11:18PM
I DID actually mention that in my hint, which this hint actually links to- first line of the second paragraph:
This works with the spring-loaded dock and folders as well...
Perhaps I just wasn't clear enough :) In reading that again, I guess I can understand how you could miss that I was saying you can drag directly to an application. Oh well, it's all good :)

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