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Programs is plural; documents are everywhere
Authored by: CaptDeuce on Nov 17, '06 08:37:54AM

I don't use one single method or one program to open documents or applications.

In the Finder I launch Applications from:

  • Dock
  • Recent Applications (Apple menu)
  • directly from the Apple menu thanks to Fruit Menu (does Fruit Menu count as a "program"?)
  • Finder window (yes, I go to my application folders for seldomly used apps)
  • Document's Open With context menu item (I think this qualifies as launching an application and opening a document)
  • Finder window toolbar

The one method I almost never use is aliases on my Desktop since it's usually hidden behind 35.6 windows at any given time. :-j

As for documents... I open them from where I find them which is usually pretty much the same places I launch applications from.

I guess that makes the Mac pretty wonderful. Right? Hmm....

On Windows I use:

  • Start Menu
  • Launch tray (only about 6 items because it needs to share the whatchyamacallit bar with every bleepin' window on the cursed machine)
  • Document's Open with context menu (or whatever it's called)
  • As a last resort because it isn't (or I can't find it) in the Start Menu, the Program Folder... which can turn into a real adventure since programs are often nested in directories bearing the name of the publisher, not the program, and the programs name is as likely as not to have a 8.3 filename that bears little resemblance to what humans consider to be the program's "name."

Shorter list, isn't it? Again, I'm omitting aliases on the desktop because, true to the "Desktop Metaphor," I can rarely see mine. :-)

An interesting difference between Mac and Windows is that it's easy to access Window's permanent and recently used application in the Start Menu but more difficult in the All Programs menu item. On Mac, the Dock is easier than either but recently used item are only slightly less so. Adding items to Window's Start Menu is much more difficult than it should be, even with drag and drop.

Linux? I'm not going there. :-j

"Where's my other sock?" - A. Einstein

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