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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
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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.
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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.
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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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