When you have to pick an item out of a long drop-down list, you don’t need to remove your hands from their comfy position on the keyboard. Instead of scrolling over and down, type the first letter or two of the item you’re looking for. It works on Macs and on the web too.Original keyboard photo by kewl
A good number of you likely know this trick, at least as it applies to forms and drop-down lists in web browsers. But for those who didn’t know that the same technique works on Mac OS X (and Windows) apps, or didn’t know you could skip scrolling through huge lists of states, birth years and nationality lists, it’s the kind of workflow tweak that pays big dividends over time. Try it out the next time you find yourself dragging that blue box through a big list.
Type to search in long drop-down menus [Finer Things in Mac]