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Im a new OSX user, and coming from Windows if I click a menu item which has a child popout menu I expect it to open the child not close the whole menu.

This seems to be system wide This seems to be within the main menu bar and not context menus, is there a setting I can change to stop the click closing the menu?

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What do you call a “child popout menu” exactly? If it's a submenu, clicking it should simply do nothing, not close the menu. – MattiSG Sep 18 '12 at 15:14
Steps to replicate, in finder click go then click recent folders and the menu disappears – Alan Whitelaw Sep 18 '12 at 15:18
Oh, interesting. Testing on 10.6: Finder and iTunes indeed present this behavior, but iCal, Mail, Safari don't… – MattiSG Sep 18 '12 at 15:21

No, there is no such setting. If it existed, it would most probably be in System Preferences > Appearance.

However, this behavior seems to depend on the application. On my 10.6 system, the Finder and iTunes indeed present it, but iCal, Mail and Safari don't.

I unfortunately have no idea as to the root cause for this difference, and which programs might behave in which way.

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Thanks anyway, I will have to learn to not be so hasty with the clicking. – Alan Whitelaw Sep 18 '12 at 15:29

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