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menu

Computing a list of options displayed on a visual display unit from which the operator selects an action to be carried out by positioning the cursor or by depressing the appropriate key

menu

[′men·yü]
(computer science)
A list of computer functions appearing on a video display terminal which indicates the possible operations that a computer can perform next, only one of which can be selected by the operator.

menu

(operating system)
A list from which the user may select an operation to be performed. This is often done with a mouse or other pointing device under a graphical user interface but may also be controlled from the keyboard.

Menus are very convenient for beginners because they show what commands are available and make experimentating with a new program easy, often reducing the need for user documentation. Experienced users however, often prefer keyboard commands, especially for frequently user operations, because they are faster to use. In situations such as text entry where the keyboard must be used anyway, having to move your hand to the mouse to invoke a menu operation is slow.

There are many different ways of presenting menus but the most common are the menu bar (with pull-down menus) and the context-sensitive menu.

The term "menu" tends to be reserved for a list of actions or global options, whereas a "list box" or other graphical widget might present any kind of choice.

See also menuitis.

menu

An on-screen list of available actions a user can perform in a software program. Menu titles may appear as text, icons or both, and selection is made by clicking or tapping the title and selecting from the list.

The Disappearing Menu
In order to keep making software "slicker," many applications today eliminate the familiar row of menu items that were common years ago. The user has to click an icon to display a hidden menu and then make a selection. See menu bar, menu pane, pull-down menu and Lotus menu.


Menu Icons
Increasingly, menus appear as icons that have to be clicked or tapped to view a list of options. These examples are from the Chrome Web browser on a Mac (top) and Android Galaxy Note II smartphone (bottom). Dashes and dots are common menu graphics.


Menu Icons
Increasingly, menus appear as icons that have to be clicked or tapped to view a list of options. These examples are from the Chrome Web browser on a Mac (top) and Android Galaxy Note II smartphone (bottom). Dashes and dots are common menu graphics.
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You would look rather blank, Henry, if your menus plaisirs were to be limited to seven hundred a year.
She scolded the gardener, decreed the menu at breakfast and dinner, and went from cellar to garret, and from garret to cellar, setting everything to rights according to her notions, without a word of opposition of any sort or description.
Fruits, berries, and tender plantain found a place upon his menu in the order that he happened upon them, for he did not seek such foods.
How easily these old worships of Moses, of Zoroaster, of Menu, of Socrates, domesticate themselves in the mind.
Think of a New York girl shedding tears on the menu card!
The next day Sarah showed Schulenberg a neat card on which the menu was beautifully typewritten with the viands temptingly marshalled under their right and proper heads from "hors d'oeuvre" to "not responsible for overcoats and umbrellas.
She had no work to do except Schulenberg's menu cards.
Generally in an hour and a half the twenty-one menu cards were written and ready.
Fentolin continued, as he took up the menu and criticised it through his horn-rimmed eyeglass, "that is what I have been, without a doubt.
Stepan Arkadyevitch was absorbed during the drive in composing the menu of the dinner.
Sabin was idly sketching something on the back of his menu card.
Sabin looked for, a moment at the drawing on the back of the menu card, and up at Felix.