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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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Sour Greps -- With reference to my Text Machine review in TidBITS-401, several readers asked why I thought "grep" didn't stand for "global regular expression parser". I did, until I looked it up on the Acronym and Abbreviation Server. Perhaps the truth is lost in the mists of time?

<http://db.tidbits.com/article/04198>
<http://www.ucc.ie/info/net/acronyms/>

Tom Ritch <ritch@pacbell.net> pointed out that Nisus Writer now does put the whole power of its grep into its menu-and-dialog interface, so the user needn't memorize geeky grep expressions; I pooh-poohed this, but he was perfectly right - he was talking about the latest version, 5.1, which I didn't even know existed. My apologies. [MAN]

<http://www.nisus-soft.com/Nisus_Writer_5.1_ Released.html>

 

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