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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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Best Buttons: Peachpit Press

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Due to my current status as email junkie, I give the best buttons award to Peachpit Press for their set of three yellow smiley buttons, a normal smiley, a wink, and a kiss. I picked up the buttons and stared at them for a few seconds the right way up, not getting it until I turned them on their sides the way smileys were meant to be. Runner-up goes to Wired magazine (supposedly the Rolling Stone of the computer world) for their "Get Wired" buttons. I haven't read much in the premiere issue of Wired yet, but it looks interesting and might be worth checking out at $20 per year.

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