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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- Adieu ADHOC (01 Aug 05)
- ADHOC 2004: Some Old, Some New, Continued Success (26 Jul 04)
- The MacHax Best Hack Contest 2002 (01 Jul 02)
- The MacHax Hack Contest 2001 (25 Jun 01)
- The MacHax Best Hack Contest 2000 Winners (03 Jul 00)
- The MacHack Hack Contest 1999 (12 Jul 99)
- Moof on the Hoof: MacHack '98 (06 Jul 98)
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