Menus, menus, menus

May 11th, 2006

Are you ever working with Director and you want to use something that is in the menu, but has no keyboard shortcut? I often find myself trying to get to the menu, but when using multiple large monitors for development it sure takes a lot of mouse motion to get over to them.

I stumbled on a lovely little utility (OSX) that lets you pull up the entire list of menu item in Director (or any other program) just by hitting a keyboard combination. It runs in the background and makes life a bit simpler in a few situations.

Homepage for DejaMenu for MacOSX.

DejaMenu being used in Director

Entry Filed under: Apple,Daily thoughts,External goodies

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. aardvark  |  May 11th, 2006 at 8:44 am

    No, I’m never working with Director (again). ๐Ÿ˜›

  • 2. John Barrett  |  May 11th, 2006 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for this, really cool.
    I tried to get it to work, but could not:(

  • 3. MultimediaGuy  |  May 11th, 2006 at 10:17 am

    John, what exactly isn’t working? One minor annoyance with the program is that there is no indication that it is running unless you open your Activity Monitor. In that it shows up as DejaMenu. On my machine (dual 2.7 G5) it uses around 20 meg of real RAM and 375 meg of virtual (seems pretty high!).

    If it is running the apple-shift-m combination always seems to work for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It would be nice if there was some indication it was running.

  • 4. alex da Franca  |  July 2nd, 2006 at 7:09 am

    You know, that you can use the menus without the mouse?
    I can’t remember the default keybopard shortcut, I think it is Cmd+F3, as I have set it to an easier combo on my system.
    you can navigate through each menu using the arrow keys.

    I use Ctrl+ for the menu, Ctrl+ for the dock. (You can set the keyboard shortcuts in the system preferences)

    No need for an additional background task, which may break in future OS versions anyway, if you use the built-in functionality.

  • 5. alex da Franca  |  July 2nd, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    arg, I shouldn’t use the lt and gt chars in blog comments…

    I meant:
    Ctrl+up arrow and Ctrl+down arrow

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