You want to be a Mac power user? Me, neither. I just want my Mac to do things for me without me asking, or even bothering to learn. After all, a computer that just works should, well, you know, just work.
Ever heard of contextual menus? That’s a big fancy term for what happens sometimes when you right click your Mac’s mouse. A menu pops up with additional options. Now you’re a power user.
Contextual Menu Power
At the very basic level, whenever you right click on your Mac’s mouse and a menu pops up, you’ve left the world of Basic Mouse Use 101 and entered the first steps toward becoming a Mac power user.
That wasn’t so hard, was it?
It’s likely that you’ve used the right click option many times already, found those menu selections to be handy, and used them here and there.
The cool thing about your Mac is that those contextual menus can be controlled, which makes them even more powerful. Among a number of such tools is OpenMenu X which can make you and your clicks more powerful.
3 Steps To Power Menu Clicks
The right click mouse is a relative newcomer to Mac users. After all, we’ve only had two official Mac mice which could right click. The Mighty Mouse, and the new Magic Mouse.
However, we’ve had the right click option for a long time, even on Macs with a single button mouse. Click the Control key and click the mouse and you get the same right click options.
What’s so good about right clicks? Power. And, more power. OpenMenu works with your Mac’s mouse to give you three types of the right click context menu power. Let me show you what you get before I show you how to do it.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to click and get more options, including the ability to move and copy files through a simple dialog box? That’s what OpenMenu does.
It’s a right click contextual menu. It’s also a Menubar menu (simply click the menubar icon to get the same menus). And, it pops up anywhere when you press a keystroke combination.
The menu options are powerful and you can build more options using the OpenMenu interface.
You can execute (a geeky word for start) items in the Services menu, even for some apps that don’t use Services like Firefox or Microsoft Word. The popup menu even works on Snow Leopard’s Finder.
Open OpenMenu, select an app or utility you want to include in the contextual menu, and you’re good to go. But you’re not limited to apps. You can also set the menu to display frequently used documents, too. Add AppleScripts (we’re getting geeky powerful again), or add Services menu items.
OpenMenu comes with a string of relatively easy to implement options, including the aforementioned move and copy files and folders. That means you don’t need to go to the Finder to move files around.
Browsing around to find files has never been easier since you can use OpenMenu wherever you are instead of leaving your current open app, clicking over to the Finder, then starting over to find whatever you’re looking for.
Menu items in OpenMenu can be organized however you want by simply drag and drop.
You define the structure, the hierarchy of the menus. You can even add URLs to the menu (it’s like a handy one-click bookmark for web pages without the browser).
Shortcut keys can be assigned to menu items, and you can browse recently used menu items (my favorite). Even better, OpenMenu is not a hack tool so it doesn’t muck with your Mac’s inner files. It simply works. Highly recommended. Go from average Mac user to Geeky Power Guy in one install.