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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Are you looking forward to upgrading to Copland next year? Apple suggests you might be waiting a bit longer. Also this week: news on Apple's printing fix for PCI Power Macs, the new location of the gaea scripting archive, info on AOL's new FTP and Web services for members, a followup to Adam's articles on digital cameras, and a detailed article on the upcoming version of Quicken, the popular personal finance package.
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The number of people who can distribute files via FTP and create World Wide Web pages has just increased by three and a half million AOL users. Last month, America Online opened a public beta test of member-created FTP areas and Web pagesShow full article
We received a number of interesting comments about my articles relating to digital cameras. Among them was someone who wanted to take 5,000 pictures of an entire town (sounded like the QuickTake could handle it well), and a note from Chris Kimm of Kinko's commenting that you can test drive a QuickTake 150 from any Kinko's store for $5 per hour or $25 per dayShow full article
Intuit has announced an October 26th release date for the latest Macintosh version of its popular personal finance software. In addition to many enhancements to existing features, the latest version offers some significant new capabilities. General Overview -- Quicken initially endeared itself to the Mac world by providing a powerful checkbook management program, which combined a strong feature set and a large selection of customizable reports with an intuitive interface and a well-written manualShow full article