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Mac Tricks: Open Selection in Browser.
chmarr
One of the other things I've wanted to use my journal for is to share all the little issues and tricks I've been encountering on my Mac, running OS/X (version 10.2.5, now). I got my Mac, my first, about 8 months ago. Unfortunately, I didn't get the time to set up the journaling software I wanted, so the idea has languished since then. No reason not to start it now.

If you've ever cut a URL from a document, then opened your browser to paste it into the location line, this trick will save you a bunch of time.


I don't know when this was introduced, but for most applications, including Mail and Terminal, the 'application name,Services' menu now has the option to open the current selection in any of the installed browsers.

Just select the text, open the menu item, and voila. Alternately, you can use any of the listed keyboard shortcuts. Very, very fast indeed. I was most pleased to find this shortcut.

See the picture for how it looks on my screen:



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Hm. Curiously enough I only get the 'Open URL in Safari' option, despite looking at this in Camino. Using a build I downloaded last night. I use Fire, too, but I don't see it popping up in Services.

I've never really used the Services menu; back in the days of 10.1 it only worked for stuff built with the Cocoa frameworks, rather than Cocoa and Carbon as it does now. What also keeps me away from the thing is the fact that it's completely not editable - I mean, what the hell is the 'Java Browser' that offers a service to open stuff in it? I have no idea; but there's nowhere to go to make it not show up.

You both might want to check out ICeCoffEE, it allows you to cmd-click URLs to launch them into your favorite browser.

How very strange. I don't see anything relating to the 'Java Browser' or anything like that... I've no idea what installed those services links, either. Perhaps it's part of the installation process for the application? Which is also weird, since Camino doesn't need 'installing' per se; it's one of those nice 'drag to your Applications folder' type deals.

Well, this is worth some research :)

I think the Java Browser is part of the dev tools, which I've installed on my machine.

A little searching on MacOSXHints.com suggested that an application can say it provides a service; the system scans stuff in the 'Applications' folder looking for services on startup. And since I don't keep most of my stuff in there, but instead in several categorized directories on another drive entirely, it never finds them.

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