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Chapter 5. Using Mac OS X Applications > Opening Applications and Files

Opening Applications and Files

As you open applications and files, their names are kept in the Recent Items submenu in the Apple menu for easy access the next time you want to open a specific application or file. The Mac OS has always allowed you to double-click a document icon to launch the application used to create it and the document itself. If the Mac OS doesn't know what application created it (and gives you an error message), you can use drag and drop in the Dock to help you open the document. You can drag a document icon in the Dock on an application icon. If the application can possibly open it, the application icon becomes highlighted. Release the icon to open the application and the document.

Open Recently Used Applications and Files

Click the Apple menu, and then point to Recent Items.

Click the recent application or file under the Applications or Documents listing.

To clear the recent list, click the Apple menu, point to Recent Items, and then click Clear Menu.


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