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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Other articles in the series Nisus 3.0
- Nisus Details (06 Apr 92)
- Nisus Conclusions (06 Apr 92)
- A Miscellany of Nits (06 Apr 92)
- More Bells (06 Apr 92)
- Broken Bells and Feeble Whistles (06 Apr 92)
- Macros and Programming (06 Apr 92)
- Find/Replace (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - III (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - II (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - I (06 Apr 92)
- Windows (06 Apr 92)
- Typing, Clicking, and Moving (06 Apr 92)
- Nisus Introduction (06 Apr 92)
Thinking about upgrading to Word 5.0? Thinking about switching to a different word processor? Think about Nisus. Nisus is arguably the most powerful word processor to appear on the Macintosh, and it has features that no other program can even approach. Despite this incredible power, Nisus has some potentially serious flaws for creating complex formal documents. This review uncovers the power and the problems to help you decide which program to use. Part one of three.
by Matt Neuburg -- CLAS005@cantva.canterbury.ac.nz (with comments by Adam C. Engst -- email@example.com) NOTE: My original review was too long, so Adam decided to cut some of the detailed technical discussionShow full article
One senses Nisus's originality from the moment of starting to type. The blinking insertion point vanishes and does not reappear; lines of text after it do not move out of the way as you type, but are temporarily ignoredShow full article
The text window can be scrolled vertically or horizontally. Icons at lower left and upper right of the window allow you to: split it horizontally or vertically (or both at once, giving four panes and four sets of scroll bars); show or hide a horizontal and/or a vertical ruler (a unique and occasionally invaluable feature); toggle between text and graphics mode; or show or hide a row of page, line, character, and memory informationShow full article
Menus, too, show the originality of Nisus's philosophy. A number of menus are hierarchical. You can make the Macros menu and the Windows menu pop down directly from the title bar of a window with a click while holding down the option or command key, so you don't have to go to the trouble of finding your way in from the menubarShow full article