A menu is a list of commands presented to an operator by a computer system

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Is the Macintosh Menubar Preferred?

The Macintosh is one of the very few desktop operating systems that shares a central, common, menubar across all applications. Even NextStep and Be operating systems, which were founded by former ...
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Dropdown navigation menus - should top menu option link to content?

I have a client with a group of users which seem to have constant troubles using a menu like these two examples: Pages (links to a list of pages in a grid from where the user has access to ...
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Does removing logo and general links do any good for better UX in a social network site?

I have a social network project in hand. As logo and main menu will be ignored after a while from users, I put the top menu in homepage,contactus,aboutus, and some other general pages. When user logs ...
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Should Navigation menu have a fix position in application with greater width?

I am developing a web app with 1280px width. Planning to keep 1024 for content and remain as Menu with fixed position. On scrolling main content the menu will not scroll. Will this be a good for ...
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good reason/guideline/heuristic/principle, according to GUI design pattern, to align maximise, minimise and close button on the left side in Ubuntu

Since Ubuntu 10.04 (and maybe some other Linux versions), we sometimes see the maximize, minimize and close buttons on the: left side: and sometimes on the right side: . So, can someone explain ...
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Is the logo good enough to use as a link back to the main menu for a childrens website?

We have created a fruits and vegetables game for children where they have to choose the correct vegetable in a grid of vegetables. This is a web based game. In this game, we have a logo at the top of ...
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Microsoft Visual Studio 11 - why would they use uppercase in UI?

Microsoft has been very transparent with their updates to Visual Studio 11. It includes a huge change to the UI design of the entire IDE, most notably colour themes, icons and capitlization. In their ...
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File operation open/close workflow

I'm working on an application (Mac OS X, if it matters) that opens a user defined file or folder, does a bunch of operations on it (as set up on the main window and tracked on a progress bar), then ...
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If a sticky window panel is larger than the screen size, how should I display it?

I have one panel at the right where users can choose search options that is a sticky panel. However, on different screen sizes etc., if the height of this panel is higher than the screen height not ...
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When should an ellipsis be used in menu items? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the significance of the three dots “…” on menus and buttons and how to use them right? As a simple example, in the file menu of Notepad the ...
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TDI vs SDI - when should an app that saves files to disk have one window per “document”?

tl;dr How should an application handle windows for content-savable-to-disk (sort of documents) behave under an OS that has menu-bar-per-window (Windows, Gnome Shell) and under an OS that has single ...
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Is it still preferred/acceptable to right-align the Help menu in Windows applications?

Back when I first learned Windows GUI programming, it seemed very common to right-align the Help menu in applications. It seems this is no longer the norm in all of the Windows applications I ...
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How should I handle conditional content for product listings?

I have a client who wants to have conditional content in the product catalogue of their website for each market/user base. The client has a lot of "user bases" and markets, each with different needs, ...
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What are good rules for naming menu items? [closed]

I'm establishing some style guidance for naming items which are accessed from my application's menu bar. What are the commonly accepted rules for naming menu items? When should the names of the ...
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Most acessed top menus according to position

I wondering where is the best position to place the menu in the top of the screen to it be visualized and accessed. I think that menus in the left side and near the content are most viewed and ...
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Is it appropriate to use the title attribute in a menu link?

My inclination is towards 'no', because on hovering over the centre of a menu link in Chrome, the display of the title attribute's contents covers the rest of the menu, which provides for a poor ...
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Should a popup close automatically after a user selects an option from a tree menu?

For a popup window that requires the user to select one option only from a tree menu, should the selection of this option automatically close the popup? I think this would break the fundamental rule ...
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Menu design for web app with multiple “projects”

I'm designing the UI for a PMS (project management system) web app which handles multiple projects. Basically, it's an app that is pretty similar in functionality to Basecamp so it needs to contain ...
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How to deal with multilevel menus

I trying to design a horisontal menu that sometimes will go three levels down. The thing that drive me crazy is to know if I should show all the levels. For example: About us, Products, Contact ...
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Hiding empty categories or displaying “nothing in this category”

In a shop-like website, we have a horizontal menu in the header where all categories of items in stock are listed (7-9). Depending on availability of items, some categories may be empty. Usually the ...
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Which of the following options best draws attention to the “buy tickets” action without detracting from the surrounding visual hierarchy?

I'm working on touching up (as much as I'm allowed) some of the design elements for a website. One client requirement is to draw more attention to the "buy tickets" link as this action is one that ...
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Scroll Down Menu

Lets say I have a scroll down menu with ten options. That menu comes down when a user hovers over a link. Problem is...When the menu comes down, it covers a bit of the text beneath it on the ...
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Using a TabBar with slide out side menu?

I'm working on designing the layout for an iPhone app which will contain three tabs. I'm trying to eliminate the tab bar if possible, but I'm not sure what my alternatives are. I'm considering a ...
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top level menu takes you to a random sub level menu

I'm looking at a re-structure of an existing site and I have the following situation: There is a top level menu for example: Home; About; News; Resources; Within Resources there are various ...
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What is the recommended alignment layout for a horizontal menu bar on a web page?

I have a horizontal menu on the top of a web page (pretty common) and I was having a debate with a friend about the preferred and most logical layout of the menu items (centered or left) He was ...
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For novice users, is it better to keep the entire UI visible, or to display menus and pop-ups?

I am working on a user interface for a point of sale system to be used in a retail store. This interface will be used by volunteer cashiers, many of which have only basic computer skills. With this ...
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Should I reload only those areas of site where data has changed?

I think the rule is: Reload only those areas of site where data has changed. Don't fetch the areas where no changes have been made. The pros of this rule are: 1. Users will be able to examine ...
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How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu?

How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu? Should you only link to the pages and areas that get the most traffic? How should you think?
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Is breaking long menu names into two lines bad design?

I have a requirement in which I have to design a horizontal navigation with 6 menu items.The challenge here is some of these menu items are pretty long and if I tried putting all the menu items on one ...
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Do android users press the menu button?

I want to add a new function to my android application, but am a little bit confused in deciding where exactly to display the functionality. I can either show it as a button in the application or add ...
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what to use for default directory when doing “save as”?

When implementing a typical "Save as..." menu item for a desktop app, what should the default directory be? Must I do something different on *nix, OSX and Windows or can I get away with the same for ...
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When to use a UIPickerView instead of a UITableView?

When does a UIPickerView offer a better user experience than a UITableView? Does Apple's Human Interface Guidelines address this?
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When is it appropriate to combine “help/support” with “contact us”?

Suppose we have a horizontal menu at the top of our website like this: products | pricing | help | login | 800-555-1234 When is it appropriate to combine help/support with contact us? We want to ...
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Please recommend Improvments to the SE Menu Structure

Over at Programmers Meta we are haveing a discussion about the SE Menu Structure. Someone recommend we ask the Pro's over here for recommendations. So, What could\Should be done to Improve the SE ...
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Multiple choices + search field

I'm planning a new website for my company and I have a problem in designing my menu/search menu. I have a menu with 18 categories arranged horizontally. I also have favorites/saved criteria (eg ...
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What is the optimum number of choices for sub menu items

The navigation I am currently wireframing for has close to seven sub menu items for each main menu and I was wondering if there is an optimal limit for the number of sub menu items
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What is the new user interface that services like Google/Google+ are using? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the top navigation called when it is common to a network or suite of websites? Recently Google/Google+ and other services have adjusted their menus to the top of ...
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Best way of handling a special requirement in shopping cart

I'm mocking up a shopping cart for a hair salon. It's going to end up on their Facebook fan page so I'm restricted to Facebook's tab size of 520px. Because of this I've decided to use an accordion ...
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Which side of a web page should a side menu go on?

Many websites have side menus and I seem some have the side menu on the right and some on the left. Which side is better?
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Better to use hover vs. click to display dropdown menus on main navigation of web app?

I work on a web-based medical records system. In the previous version, main horizontal menu employed ExtJS. It used the standard click to display the sub-menu found in ExtJS. I'm considering whether ...
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OS X: what menu bar to show when a modal dialog is shown

My application shows a small menu bar if no window is shown. Of course, when a window is shown, its menu bar is visible. When now showing a modal dialog on top of this window, what menu bar should be ...
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Why show the global menus only on mouseover in Ubuntu Unity?

The new Unity interface in Ubuntu since version 11.04 has a global menu bar. This menu bar shows a behaviour that I find very surprising, it hides the menu entries as long as the cursor is not above ...
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Highlight most used menu items

Usually I actively use only 10-20% of menu items, especially in different kinds of catalogs, so I wonder if there in any practice that highlights the menu items that are most chosen by a certain user. ...
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What is this menu style called?

At work the other day, someone asked if there was a word for the style of menu that the latest versions Firefox and Microsoft Office now use; a single top level menu item which expands to a more ...
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Menu bar for different major windows

Our application has different major windows which don't share a noticeable common menu item set. Hence the menu bar changes when switching between those windows. Unfortunately, I have not found any ...
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How should I call a menu that regroups everything

On my application, I need a simple menu with just three items: "Options", "Help" and "About". The app has a custom interface (it doesn't have a standard menu) and to keep it clean and simple, I want ...
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Menu organization : conventional or domain-specific?

I'm building a desktop application that is a tool to mount some very domain-specific graphic structures that in the tool's context are called "sequences" (it's not important here I guess). To help ...
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Fixing UI Antipattern “multiple menu levels”

My brain seems to be pre-programmed to make administrative UI's look like the mockups below. In the mockups I have 3 levels of navigation, with on the form another set of buttons for the form ...
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What is more pleasing to the eye fade in or suddently appear

I have a pop up menu. What is said to be easier on the users' eyes? Should I just have it appear immediately using visibility = true or should I have it fade in using opacity animation?
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tab menu + side panel - how to organize menu and “context menu”

I have a dashboard, with tab menu (tabs over the content) and a side panel with a vertical menu. My question is. i would like to make one menu (tab or side panel) as first level menu and the other ...