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Joe Kissell became a TidBITS contributing editor in 2006 and now lives in San Diego after more than five years in Paris. He has written more than four dozen Take Control books, including the best-selling Take Control of iCloud, and numerous print books about Mac OS X. He is also a Senior Contributor to Macworld and the creator of Interesting Thing of the Day. (December 2012)

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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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11 Stupid Backup Strategies

Joe Kissell’s Reflections on His First 50 Take Control Books

iCloud Photo Library: The Missing FAQ

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 12: Recover from a Disaster

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 11: Keep Personal Data Private

IRS Offers iTunes Credit for Tax Refunds

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 10: Prevent Data Loss and Theft

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9: Manage iCloud Security

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 8: Surf the Web Safely

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 7: Fortify Your Mac’s Defenses

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 6: Improve Your Network Security

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 5: Improve Your Passwords

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 4: Beef Up Your Security Settings

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 3: Quick Security Fixes

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 1: Introducing Mac Security

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 2: Learn Security Basics

Apple Mail: The Yosemite Progress Report

“Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite” Says It All

FlippedBITS: Do Privacy Policies Mean Anything?

FlippedBITS: Misconceptions about Changing Email Addresses

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