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Chapter 18. Maintaining Your Computer > Using Application Services

Using Application Services

Application Services are a Mac OS X feature that lets you efficiently use content from one application to another application. It is based on an on-going project at Apple that would eventually give you the ability to use features between applications. For example, you could use the Services option to send selected text information in an e-mail, or use the spell-checker in MS Word to check the spelling of a document created in TextEdit. Unfortunately, it's still a work in progress, so when you select the Services option most of the choices are dimmed out. In fact, it won't work with most Carbonized versions of Mac applications. Consider it a work in progress. It does, however, work with iChat, TextEdit, Mail, and the Mac Finder.

Use Application Services

Open an application.

Click the Application menu, point to Services, and then select from the following options:

  • BBEdit

  • Finder

  • Grab

  • Import Image

  • Mail

  • Make New Sticky Note

  • Open URL

  • Script Editor

  • Search With Google

  • Send File To Bluetooth Device

  • Speech

  • Summarize

  • TextEdit

Use the commands in the Services application you selected to insert material in your original application.


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