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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This issue overflows with a review of WriteNow 3.0, the syllabus for a free online course, "Navigating the Internet," and an alternative view of the Duo. We also crammed in some short announcements, including news of Disk First Aid 7.1, which fixes the disappearing files and folders bug, a letter about font clone piracy, and a warning for CPU users who have a just-released PowerBook. Tune in next week for all the great stuff that wouldn't fit!
Font Clone Pirates -- Carter Scholz writes, "I'd like to add something to Mark Nutter's review of SoftKey's KeyFonts package in TidBITS-146. Mark writes, "...the fonts aren't the genuine fonts from the original designerShow full article
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CPU and the new PowerBooks -- Conrad Halling wrote to tell us of problems with Connectix's CPU utility and the new PowerBooks. If you have one of those machines and CPU, send in your registration card, because Connectix has a free upgrade for registered users of those machinesShow full article
[We think so highly of the idea of a free, electronic, workshop given over the Internet that we couldn't resist including this announcement. We'll be curious to see how well it works, being one of the first courses provided worldwide over the Internet, breaking down numerous physical, geographic, temporal, and financial barriersShow full article
Looking for a useful word processor weighing in at 287K on the hard disk and consuming 490K of RAM? Take a hard look at WriteNow 3.0 from T/Maker. Looking for a word processor that sorts, computes, charts, slices and dices? Look elsewhereShow full article
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