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Leopard: Spring Loaded Dock

In OS X 10.5, if you drag an file over an application icon and hit the space bar, the app will open for you. This makes drag-and-drop super easy. Here are a few screenshots to show how easy it is to use Leopard’s Spring Loaded Dock.


One of the things I always liked about XP/Vista was if you hovered over the taskbar, the program would open automatically. With Leopard, OS X adds this same functionality.

For example, if you want to drop a file from your desktop onto a program, just do the following. I’ll be dragging a file into cyberduck (ftp) as an example.

1. Click on the file and drag it over the the appropriate program.

2. When hovering over the application’s icon, hit the Space bar. Do not let go of the pressure held on the mouse/trackpad.

3. The app will open automatically while you still have a hold on the file. Drop the file into the open application.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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