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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Is this the end of East Coast Macworld Expos? Adam returns from New York with a first-hand account of the show's size and atmosphere, as well as his list of superlative products. We also mourn the loss of TidBITS translator Walter Van Lerberghe. In the news, Apple posts a security update and a $19 million Q3 profit, Dantz provides a firmware update for some PowerBook G4 optical drives, Netscape lays off its developers, and iData Pro X survives Casady & Greene.
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Security Update Fixes Screen Effects Problem -- Apple has released Security Update 2003-07-14, fixing a potential security issue related to using a password when waking a Mac from a running Screen Effects screensaverShow full article
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