context-sensitive menu

context-sensitive menu

(operating system)
A menu which appears in response to a user action (typically a mouse click) and whose contents are determined by which application window was clicked or has the input focus.

Most GUIs use a secondary mouse button (right or middle) to call up a context-sensitive menu as the primary mouse button is normally used to interact with objects which are already visible.

The context-sensitive menu often contains functions that are also available in a menu bar but the context-sensitive menu provides quick access to a subset of functions that are particularly relevant to the window area clicked on.

The RISC OS WIMP uses only context-sensitive menus (always invoked using the middle mouse button). This saves screen space and reduces mouse movement compared to a menu bar.
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They include pressing F1 for Help, right-clicking for a context-sensitive menu, double-clicking for the Property Sheet, and dropdown menus for options.
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Clicking the right-hand button of the mouse when the cursor is on a screen object often displays either a context-sensitive menu or a brief description of the object.
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Context-sensitive menus provide access to the features you need, when you need them.
Users can configure personal preferences and menu options, and we offer smart context-sensitive menus as well.
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