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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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Take Control News: Font Wrangling and Problem-Solving Made Easy

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Managing fonts in Mac OS X is all too often like herding cats, but you can now corral your fonts with our latest ebook, "Take Control of Fonts in Leopard," and its sidekick, "Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard." Written by Sharon Zardetto, these up-to-date ebooks cover not only the various versions of Leopard up through 10.5.5, but also special font situations in applications such as Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife '08, iWork '08, and Safari. Here's the scoop on each ebook, along with notes on a special money-saving bundle:

"Take Control of Fonts in Leopard" -- In this 227-page 1.1 update, Sharon extends all her useful advice about installing, managing, using, and removing fonts with specific coverage of what has changed with font handling in Leopard since 10.5.0, along with details of how fonts work in Leopard with Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and iLife '08 and iWork '08. If you work with fonts professionally or just want to get more out of your fonts, this $15 guide has all the information you need.

"Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard" -- In this new edition, Sharon provides 151 pages of tips for avoiding font problems, troubleshooting advice, and specific steps for solving problems. "Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard" focuses on font-related issues that might arise generally while using Leopard or while working with fonts in Font Book, Character Palette, and Keyboard Viewer. It also examines font-related oddities and problems you might experience in Adobe CS3 and CS 4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and Safari.

We designed these ebooks with the idea that many people will want to read both, and the problem-solving ebook assumes that readers have achieved some degree of competence with font management. In fact, were we producing traditional printed books, we'd combine all this information in a single title. However, the total length would have approached 400 pages, which is just too long for a PDF aimed at on-screen reading. To encourage you to get both titles, we're selling them together in a bundle for $5 off. To get the bundle, use one of the URLs above and then look for a "Buy Both" option in the left margin. (If you own one of our previous Take Control ebooks about fonts, look in your email for upgrade information or open your existing PDF and click Check for Updates on the first page.)

 

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