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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It's MacHack time again, and Adam reports from Dearborn about Mac OS X's acceptance at the annual developer gathering. Read on to find out which hacks took home the top honors at the MacHax Group's Hack Contest, and then tune in for the second part of Jonathan Rentzsch's look at WebObjects, Apple's industrial strength Web application development kit. In the news, Mac OS X 10.0.4 solves a number of problems, and Extensis releases Suitcase 10.
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