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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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Also, the label "Process Queue" was added by using the "Text" menu option (see Figure 1, the eighth icon in the second row of menu icons).
The actual files backed up are Windows system registry and settings, Windows default user registry and settings, Windows logged in user registry and settings, Win.ini, System.ini, Desktop icons/links, Start Menu icons and links, Autoexec.bat, Config.sys, Control.ini and Protocol.ini.
• An Intuitive user interface: By visualizing the information and the menu icons, it allows users to get started more easily and quickly.
One GTN 750 owner told us the on-screen menu icons are small compared to the ones his fingers have been touching.
Another noteworthy feature is the magic screen effect, which randomly triggers different magic colour animations with the menu icons. The Intex Zone app provides access to auto call recorder, answer machine and mobile tracker, which form the crux of latest mobile technologies.
A clock-wise swipe on the click wheel allows you to navigate the menu icons on the right and an anti-clockwise swipe does the opposite.
The menu screen incorporates Micromax's 3D cube interface, where the menu icons are arranged sequentially into three pages that represent the three faces of a cube.
The time between turning the console on and reaching the main menu will be reduced, as well loading times between menu icons.
Calendar, phonebook, messaging, browser, etc., are all classic Series 60, and are the 12-standard Menu icons.
The menu icons could have been a little more indicative of the content they contain, or a little more colourful and lively, even Nokia's archaic Symbian interface does a better job.