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Annoyed at the Control Key? Look Mom, No Hands! lets you open contextual menus by just holding the mouse button, keeping your other hand free for the coffee cup.

With this small application (it's a prefpane), you no longer have to press Ctrl to open the contextual menus. Click on an item on the desktop and keep holding down the mouse button. After some time, the standard contextual menus will pop up, including any Contextual Menu Manager plug-ins you have installed.

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Version 2.0b4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later

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vitaly Member IconComment+55
vitaly
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fruitmenu from unsanity does the same thing and a million more and it is only $10

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Version 2.0b4
Knyon Member IconComment+0
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Jumping to the conclusion that this program is a 'waste' because one could buy a cheap multi-button mouse for the same price is narrow minded. There are many people who enjoy using one-button mice and have no easy way of accessing contextual menus.

It is true that Old Jewel Software's One Finger Snap (http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/18941) does the same thing for a lower price, but I've never known competition to maim anyone. I suggest to the author of Look Mom, No Hands to add more features (audio feedback maybe?) and possibly a more competitive price.

For what Look Mom, No Hands does, it does pretty well. And I totally dig the name. :)

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Version 2.0b3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Try One Finger Snap:

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/18941

It costs $ 6,85 and works in EVERY program.

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Version 2.0b2
Anonymous Member IconReview
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Good way to get RSI... Buy a 3 button mouse instead, you get an extra button and a scrollwheel too. Cheapest and the best is the Hama 3 button mouse (with the glowing blue scrollwheel).

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Version 2.0b2
Boni
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great for use with apple laptops! especially for left handed users struggling with only one ctrl key on the left.

apikoros Member IconReview+29
apikoros
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I'm pleased to say that the author immediately remedied all the flaws I cited in my previous review, and that the software now functions excellently. I await revisions that will implement it in Mail, TextEdit, etc.

(I am less pleased by comments such as those by "Anonymous" below, because they raise once again the tiresome old issue of one-button vs. multi-button mice, but especially because they are written in an insultingly waspish tone. Such behavior is to be expected, I suppose, from someone of limited literacy who doesn't know when to capitalize proper nouns or how to spell "wasted.")

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Version 2.0b2
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Anonymous
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Whoops : "wasting."

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Anonymous
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Why not put the money towards a 3 button mouse?

I have used logitech and miscrosoft mice "Seamlessly" for years without this waste of system resources and I can still hold my coffee in one hand while accessing the contextual menus (What else is the right button for?)

This is a pointless exercise in waisting money!!

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Version 2.0b2
apikoros Member IconComment+29
apikoros
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By the way, 2 stars is generous. And yes, the problems went away as soon as I turned off the pref pane. They returned as soon as I re-activated it, so it's now off permanently unless the author can fix it.

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Version 2.0
apikoros Member IconReview+29
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I paid for this... and I regret it. In OS 10.4.2 on a 20" rev. B G5 iMac, it causes these problems:

- After about 5 minutes, the screen goes black, then on again, then off and on, and off and on-- every half second, as if it were trying to sleep, but being immediately awakened by some running process.

- Apps launch behind the active window, instead of in front.

- The Dashboard "hot corner" no longer functions.

The author says, "It works great in the Finder and in Safari... Also in iPhoto. ... But you're right that it doesn't work /everywhere/; that would be great and I hope to get other apps working as seamlessly as in these two apps."

"Seamlessly" is not the best choice of words.

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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$13?! Buy a two-button mouse instead.

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Indeed.

I bought a macally ICE Mini mouse maybe two months ago for my new PB, two buttons and a scrollwheel... $15.

This software needs to be priced significantly lower, maybe $6 or less.

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Anonymous
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That posting came later than I had expected :)

See... it's not meant as a replacement. Even if you have a Mighty Mouse - like I do - clicking-and-holding is just very convenient. It feels good; it's addictive. If you use Safari, click, hold and open pages in a new window. Also on PowerBooks it's really, really handy. Of course, YMMV.

Andreas

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Anonymous
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Oh, and that $15 for the mouse? That was the retail price (it was actually $14 and some odd cents including sales tax) from a brick and mortar store: MicroCenter

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Anonymous
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Well, that is exactly what I do with my ICE Mini, I 'right-click' and hold for the contextual menus... and it just works, no matter what app I happen to be using at the time.

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Anonymous
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And on my PowerBook when I do NOT have my mouse connected it is handy, too. Mostly in Safari.

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Anonymous
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...and when I'm on my PB without my mouse (which is bloody seldom), both of my hands are on the keyboard.

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Anonymous
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Neato. Unfortunately, it doesn't work in Terminal, Mail, SubEthaEdit, or NetNewsWire so far.

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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Nor TextEdit, Address Book, or MacJournal. Since it doesn't work basically anywhere, and it nags, I guess it's time to uninstall. Pity, could have been great.

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Anonymous
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Thanks for the feedback.

Well, you gotta start somewhere, right :)

It works great in the Finder and in Safari (just use it for a while in Safari... I couldn't live without it). Also in iPhoto.

But you're right that it doesn't work /everywhere/; that would be great and I hope to get other apps working as seamlessly as in these two apps.

Thanks,

Andreas :)

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Downloads 4,265
Version Downloads 2,024
License Shareware
Date 18 May 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price $12.95
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