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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Opening a file from a stack in a specific application!

Stacks are not quite like a Finder window, because it is not possible to right-click on a file and choose an application to open it in. There is still a way to force the Finder to open a file from a Stack in a specific application without even loading the stack folder in a Finder window. It works really well when the application you want to open it with is in your Dock. The way it is done is by simply dragging the file from the stack to the app. If the application is not one that is recommended by the Finder, the icon won't become highlighted, but you can still load it in this app by holding down "Option - Command" when dragging the file.


Blogger zevie said...

Not Related - I just purchased a MacPro with 512 Mb of graphic card (NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT), and if i want to add another 512 Mb of the same card(NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT), can i just buy it locally and insert it?
Thanks, any ideas?

February 10, 2008 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...


Unfortunately, graphics card for Macs are only upgradable with graphics card sold by Apple. The firmware on the card is different than what is sold elsewhere. I am also not sure the Mac Pro can support running two 8800GT.

February 10, 2008 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger zevie said...

does the same apply for adding extra harddrive?

February 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...


No any 3.5" SATA 3Gbit/s Hard Drive will work in a Mac Pro. It is actually a huge saving not to buy it from Apple.

As for Ram, you don't have to buy it from Apple, but it is usually much better to buy Ram that is guaranteed to work in Mac (that has been tested by the manufacturer). It is not because the specs are a match that it will work. I usually buy Ram from OWC ( but many other places sell Ram tested in Macs (Crucial, etc).

February 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger zevie said...

if i buy a ram from a store(not guaranteed by mac) will i know the difference immediately?

February 10, 2008 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...


If the Ram shows up in System Profiler and is recognized as "OK", you should be fine.

February 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I would prefer stacks to be optional because I find stacks completely useless.

February 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Actually I love Stacks.

I have a few setup.

I am a network admin for a school district - so I have an "Admin" stack that has my applications in it for just server and workgroup admin.

Another of my documents (I use the Grid option - but it's slick to always have the most recent ones on the top.)

Another for specific document I use frequently.

And a last one that has the last 10 applications I've opened on it. (Use this one the least.) But there are plenty of uses I enjoy - much better than having to dig through my documents folder for the last document I was working on - when I can press a little stack and boom - it's there.

February 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger KenRock said...

unrelated question: i recently did the "erase all duplicates" tip given the other day, but, somehow, tons of my music, which is are not duplictes, ended up in the trash. How can i get it back to the way it was?

February 12, 2008 at 10:47 PM  

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