I’m constantly telling myself that I need to start taking advantage of the Services menu — but I never do because there’s something that I just don’t like about it being up in the corner of the screen. I feel like this location is rather inconvenient to get at compared to a simple “right-click,” so for the longest time I didn’t even remember that it was there. Then when I did start trying to use it, I proceeded to repeatedly forget that it’s under the application’s main menu and not under the system (Apple) menu. But it only took me about 100 times to finally get it right. Maybe it’s just me, but maybe there’s a more natural place for it. Anyway, I find these issues to form an interesting situation, because they collectively make the Services menu more of a disservice than a service — at least to me.
If the services menu were easily customizable and available from a “right-click” contextual menu, however, I have to think that there are lots of other people besides myself who would find this to be a welcome convenience. I’m well aware of all the Carbon/Cocoa implementation issues involved with the Services and contextual menus in OS X, but let’s throw those to the side for a moment and pretend that they doesn’t exist. Let’s assume that developers could choose one just as easily as the other.
If that were the case, what are the top two or three Services menu items that you’d like to slap into a contextual menu? If there’s one you’d like to see that doesn’t exist, what would it be?
What have been your experiences with the Services menu?