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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 13. M

Mac OS Easy Open Control Panel

In Windows: Open With Dialog Box

In Mac OS versions before 8.5, when you double-click a document whose parent application isn’t on the hard disk, Mac OS Easy Open presents you with a list of alternate applications that can open the document. Windows does the same when you try to open a document that lacks a filename extension, or one whose extension isn’t included in the Registry.

Double-clicking such an unknown document type summons the Open With dialog box, which lets you choose an application to open the file (see Figure 13-1). The “Always use this program to open this type of file” checkbox lets you create a permanent association between the application and file type as indicated by the filename extension.

You can bring up the Open With dialog box even for files that Windows does recognize, which might be handy if you want to open an HTML file in Notepad rather than Internet Explorer, for instance. To do so, Shift-right-click the file, and then choose “Open with” from the contextual menu.

Mac OS Help

In Windows: Windows Help

The HTML-based Windows Help, accessible from Start → Help, is extremely similar to the Mac OS Help system introduced in Mac OS 8.5. For more information, see Help.

Open With dialog box
Figure 13-1. Open With dialog box

Macros

In Windows: Macros, Scheduled Tasks

Macro programs let you record or script actions—mouse clicks, menu commands, type phrases, ...

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