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Easily copy the currently open folder in the Finder
Authored by: tim1724 on Apr 28, '04 06:12:14PM
It's been such a long, happy time since I used OS 9 that I've already forgotten, but ... wasn't it possible with OS 9 apps to drag that icon BEFORE you had ever saved a file, so that this drag operation became the first saving of the file? I notice that in OSX apps, there is no icon until a file's been saved, but I thought it used to be different in OS 9.

Nope, Mac OS 9 (and 8.5) acted the same way as Mac OS X .. if a document is unsaved (or has been modified since the last save) then the proxy icon is supposed to be disabled. See the relevant section in the Mac OS 8.5 Window Manager documentation: Window Proxy Icons:

When your application uses proxy icons, it should inform the Window Manager when a document has unsaved changes. When you do so, the Window Manager displays the document's proxy icon in a disabled state and prevents the user from dragging the proxy icon. Disabled proxy icons cannot be dragged because unsaved documents cannot be moved or copied in a manner predictable to the user.

Tim Buchheim

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