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10.4: Activate system menubar items in Dashboard mode
Authored by: MJCube on Jul 22, '05 12:03:58PM
More specifically: In normal mode, Apple menulets respond to any click in the menu bar other than the main menus – even in the empty part between. When you then roll over the menulets, their menus pull down, until you click again to 'deselect' them. (It happens to me often with MenuCalendarClock; I've gotten used to it.)

With Dashboard active, the trick seems to be to drag the mouse any distance in the menu bar, and let go over your desired menulet. When you drag, it doesn't matter how long you hold the mouse button. Then you choose a menu item by clicking it (you can't drag to them). Or if you want to close the menu without choosing anything, you can click on a disabled menu item or a separator, or hit Esc.

I notice that this last bit is true even in normal mode for dismissing an open menu without choosing anything. The only places you can't click, if you want to keep Dashboard active, are an app window or the desktop.

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10.4: Activate system menubar items in Dashboard mode
Authored by: MJCube on Jul 22, '05 12:07:57PM

Or the menbar (duh).



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