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 Now and Then
- Now Menus Reincarnated as Action Menus (25 Oct 99)
- Now Utilities Turns 6-Point-Something (16 Sep 96)
- Living in the Now - Now Utilities 5.0, Newer and Better (17 Oct 94)
- What's Up, Now? (16 Nov 92)
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