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Chapter 15. Troubleshooting Mac OS 8.x, ... > QuickFixes! Mac OS 8.x-9.x Problems

QuickFixes! Mac OS 8.x-9.x Problems

Contextual Menus

If you have never used contextual menus, you are missing out on one of the most useful features of the Mac OS. Try this: Click the Finder's desktop background; now, holding down the Control key (note the little menu icon that appears next to the cursor arrow when you do this), click and hold down the mouse button. In a short time, a menu will pop up near the mouse cursor. It will include almost all the options found in the Finder's View menu plus a Change Desktop Background option. As implied by the name of this feature, the commands that appear in these menus vary according to the appropriate context. For example, Change Desktop Background only shows up when the desktop background is the current location. To see how things can change, access the contextual menu for a folder or file icon. You will now see a selection of items (such as Open and Get Info) from the Finder's File menu. If the selected file is an alias, the menu will even have a Show Original command (which is why the Find Original button no longer appears in an alias' Get Info window!).

Figure 15-2. A contextual menu that appears when clicking the Finder's Desktop background (FinderPop is installed, as are plug-ins for Snitch and BeHierarchic).



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