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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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Two Corrections in TidBITS 827

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Two Corrections in TidBITS 827 -- Alert readers pointed out two corrections in last week's issue. In Mark Anbinder's article "MacBook Pro Line Adds 17-inch Size," the specification for the new laptop's SuperDrive should be 8x speed, not 4x (which Mark correctly wrote in his ExtraBITS post on the day the computer was announced, but got mangled when editing the issue).

<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08507>

And in "Tools We Use: Backdrop," I incorrectly wrote that one could take a screenshot in Mac OS X using the keyboard combinations Command-3 or Command-4. Since I (along with the rest of the staff) use Snapz Pro X to capture screenshots, I rarely use the Mac OS X shortcuts, which are Command-Shift-3 and Command-Shift-4. Thanks for keeping us (me) on our (my) toes! [JLC]

<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08510>

 

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