Open items from Get Info windows

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First, forgive this extra-short (and perhaps not overly useful but still interesting) tip for today. You see, my fingers are somewhat worn out after this week’s series of articles ( Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Follow-up ) on the Intel Core Duo mini, so I’m giving them a brieft respite today. With that disclaimer out of the way, here’s a little tidbit you may not have known.

The Get Info window (File: Get Info or Command-I with something selected in the Finder) and its related cousin the Inspector (Command-Option-I) show you lots of interesting things about files and applications. You can see the selected item’s size, physical location, created and modified times, name and extension, and more. But did you know you can also use the Get Info window as a launcher of sorts? That’s right, you can launch applications and open documents directly from the Get Info box. How?

Just double-click on the information shown in the Preview section of the Get Info/Inspector window, and the item will launch. If the selected item is an application, that application opens. If the item is a document, then the application that opens that document type launches, and then opens that document (just as though you’d double-clicked in the Finder). The only exceptions are media files, such as sounds and movies. Since these files can be played directly in the Preview area, you can’t launch them via a double-click.

This little trick can be useful if you’re using the Get Info window to figure out which version of some document you want to edit—instead of opening Get Info, verifying the data, closing Get Info, and then double-clicking in the Finder, you can just double-click right in Get Info.

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