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Kirk McElhearn is a Senior Contributor to Macworld, an occasional contributor to TidBITS, and writes about more than just Macs on his blog Kirkville. Follow him on Twitter at @mcelhearn. Kirk's latest book is Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ. (September 2010)

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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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Vox 2.0: A Minimalist Music Player that Needs Work

Going In Depth on Mountain Lion’s Notifications

Take a Memo: Ten Tips for Successful Voice Dictation

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Syncing iOS Devices Wirelessly with iTunes 10.5 and iCloud

Video Viewing in Lion Freezes New iMacs

iTunes 10.3 Offers Automatic Downloads and Access to Purchases

iTunes 10.2: More Than Just iPad 2 and iOS 4.3 Support

Is iTunes Bloated?

Amazon Extends Kindle Beyond United States

Apple, iTunes and France: The Reality

Spinning Around with the ShuttleXpress

A Mac User's Guide to the Unix Command Line, Part 3

Heard Any Good Books Lately?

Crosswords Online: Cruciverbalizing on the Web

Getting Inspired by Inspiration 7

A Mac User's Guide to the Unix Command Line, Part 2

A Mac User's Guide to the Unix Command Line, Part 1

Unleashing the Power of the PowerMate

Two Books on Mac OS X

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