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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We didn't have anything to add to the news of Google deciding not to censor search results in China last week, but practical aspects of using Google do feature in this week's issue, thanks to the announcements that Gmail now defaults to encrypted sessions and Google Docs will be adding the capability to store any file type. Glenn Fleishman also passes on the news of Citrix shipping a version of the GoToMyPC remote control software for the Mac, we announce the release of "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Fourth Edition," and Adam both shares the news of Apple's upcoming media event (Tablet? What tablet?) and unravels the mystery of why connecting an iPod touch to a Mac would launch iPhoto. Doug McLean runs down how the technology world is helping the relief efforts following Haiti's devastating earthquake, and guest contributor Steve McCabe debuts in TidBITS with an enjoyable look at how unlimited Internet access isn't a basic right, especially in New Zealand. Notable software releases this week include Logic Pro 9.1, Main Stage 2.1, Radioshift 1.5.2, Apple Remote Desktop 3.3.2, and Typinator 3.7.
Email invitations have confirmed that Apple will be making some sort of significant announcement on January 27th in San Francisco. Could it be the much-rumored tablet?Show full article
Wondering how you can help the victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake? With many technology companies and Web sites now offering ways to lend support, pitching in is as easy as sending a text message.Show full article
Google finally switches its Gmail service to offer an encrypted Web session by default, something we suggested years ago.Show full article
Google has enhanced Google Docs with the capability to store - and share - files of any type. It's a welcome addition, but doesn't hold a candle to Dropbox.Show full article
Citrix has released GoToMyPC for Mac OS X, remote-access and file-transfer software that works interoperably among Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Unix systems.Show full article
Looking for current information about the best software to use for running Windows on a Mac, or how to run Windows most effectively? Joe Kissell's new "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Fourth Edition" has all the answers for the latest virtualization software.Show full article
A reader found that connecting his iPod touch to his Mac caused iPhoto to launch and show the iPod touch's Settings app. Adam explains what happened and how to stop the annoying launches.Show full article
It's easy to become accustomed to high-speed Internet access, but as Steve McCabe has discovered, unlimited Internet access isn't necessarily available everywhere in the world.Show full article
We were busy this week, and didn't read much that was worth passing on, other than Macworld's coverage of AT&T's price drop for the unlimited iPhone voice and data plan. That said, if you're interested in ebook technology and publishing, be sure to listen to Tonya's MacNotables podcast.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Logic Pro 9.1, Main Stage 2.1, Radioshift 1.5.2, Apple Remote Desktop 3.3.2, and Typinator 3.7.Show full article
In this week's TidBITS Talk discussions, readers chat about syncing files between Macs; solve a color display issue using the Universal Access preference pane; ponder why MobileMe doesn't work with some versions of Internet Explorer; consider using the iPhone as an infrared remote; share resources for low-vision users; and, at least for one reader, prepare to travel to another country to save money buying a new MacBook Pro.Show full article