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

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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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What is the significance of the three dots “…” on menus and buttons and how to use them right?

Adding three dots after the title of items in a dropdown menu seems to be a common practice (as you can see on the picture of a drop down menu in Google Chrome). They generaly mean that there is ...
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Horizontal menus, do they scale?

I'm a user of a popular website that uses horizontal menus for navigation. As the site's functionality grows, the number of menu items also grow. As the horizontal space is limited, the design choice ...
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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 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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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 ...
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Tags interface for an desktop accounting application?

The ancient question of tags vs categories will probably never grow old. Of course, in its general form the answer is "it depends". So here's a specific case: The application is an established ...
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Web application, minimal design, white bg — how to contain top menu links?

I am working on a web application that has a typical top nav, using this paradigm. [logo].........[search bar]................[home] [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [logout] By top nav, I mean that ...
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What is the name of this combined button/popupbutton?

This button is in the new Firefox, but what is the name of it?
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In a desktop application, what are best practise methods to provide a menu of functions

I have a .NET Winforms application that hosts controls to provide different areas of functionality. My normal method in providing a menu to switch between these controls has been a TreeView or a List ...
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What does the user want to do to see a menu? Press a button? Hover?

EDIT: Thank you everybody for your answers and opinions. Just what I needed and was looking for. I wish I could accept every answer. I have a huge, unwieldy page that's just a deep, wide table. User ...
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full-color icons vs. greyed-out icons in menus

Icons in menus are often full-color. Even though the page an icon/menu item controls is not active, the icon still appears in its normal hues. To distinguish the icon which is active, a designer will ...
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Fixed-position header and menu on a web page — is that okay?

A client of mine is insisting on two things for a website I am designing: That every single link is shown in the header – about 10 links or so with no sub-categories. ie. no drop-downs, rollovers, ...
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Drop-down field with only one value

If there's a form that requires a user to select, let's say, one of the email addresses he/she has on file in his account, would it be bad practice to make that menu item a drop-down regardless of how ...
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When are drop-down menus really necessary?

I always find myself with customers who want drop-down menus because 'they are used to them'. So I started to wonder: When are drop-down menus actually necessary?
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Placement additional menu on video website; top, bottom or something else

A friend of mine is building a video website where you can watch user submitted videos. Those videos are of individuals speaking their dream in the camera. The focus is on letting people watch those ...
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Renaming a file you are currently working in, why is this still not done?

We've all experienced this: You open a new document inside an application such as Word, Excel, Textmate, or others. You work on it for a while and save it. Then you wish you could rename it. What ...
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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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Designing a website in Phases - allowing for future content

I am in the process of designing a website which will be produced in at least 2 phases. The first release will include the majority of the site sections but in phase 2 we will be producing additional ...
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the benefit of a separate preferences application

The best example of this is on the iOS platform (although you can see it in Mac OS X and Windows to some extent too). Why does Apple allow (encourage even) apps to have their preferences in the ...
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Suggestions for menu mockup with “user options”

I currently have the following mockup for a menu of a web application. I like the left hand side with the main menus and their sub fly out menus. What I'm not sure about is the right hand side. I'd ...
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Are there any studies that show the quickest mental processing for capitalization of header menu items for a website.

In header menus on websites, is it best practice to capitalize header items? Home | Members | About Us | Contact Us To Captitalize the first letter Home | Members | About us | Contact us Or to ...
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How to represent level of difficulty while selecting a game?

I am working on a menu to select from various (3) game variants shown from top to bottom, each variant offering different difficulty levels. The difficulty will be selected by swiping (touch input ...
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What is a clean, uncluttered way to have a “Main Menu” access button in a videogame?

I am trying to design a UI system for a computer game I am creating, but I don't know how to have the player access the main menu without clutter and unnecessary distraction. The ideas I have ...
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What is a good replacement for the menu bar in a Windows app?

The old Windows menu bar (File, Edit, View, etc. ) is tried and true, but seems to be disappearing from popular usage. I have a new desktop/client application that I am developing and I would like to ...
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What's the best way to view a deep hierarchy?

I've been pondering the best way to show a deep hierarchy for a desktop application I'm working on. Here are some alternative designs I'm considering... Mac OSX Finder: If you understand what ...
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What alternatives are there for “My x”, like in “My Documents”

I'm working on a tool where people place work and other people choose to do that work. The menu now has the following items: Choose work (which lists all possible things you could do) Place work ...
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Which is better - a summarized menu or a detailed menu?

I am redesigning a navigation menu for a web-based application. The current menu is a list of tasks, grouped by service. The list is growing steadily as we are adding new functionalities and now the ...
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Best way to handle primary/secondary navigation

I'm working on a site right now where I need to handle both primary and secondary navigation. Unfortunately, in this case the secondary navigation is more important than the primary... Primary ...
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User Profile, My Account, or just Settings?

I am writing a little webapp, and am stuck on a UI hangup. I have a global menu bar at the top of the screen, that when the user is signed in consists of: Signed in as Joe User (with username as ...
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Should we avoid using the word “my” in menu items?

I'm working for a site that is basically a regional/provincial hub for everything from events to classified ads. When you first get on the homepage you get provincial news, events, classified ads and ...
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Custom right click context menu on a web site

Are right click context menus that override the browsers context menu considered a good usability practice? If so, are there accessibility concerns? If so, are there any guidelines or best ...
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Hover over a disabled item to know why it's disabled. What do you think?

How many times did you use a desktop app or an online page and you come across one or more menu items which are disabled and you have no idea why its disabled. Using help or documentation is of no ...
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Why is there a convention on the web for dropdown menus on hover instead of on click?

This is something I've always wondered. On all major operating systems, application menus (File/Edit/View etc) only appear on click. However, nearly every web site that uses a drop-down menu ...
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Best way to show screens to user on application

I'm developing a Winforms application which has been running for years with an explorer view (TreeView left, screen right). I means that: All the screens have an hierarchy organization All the nodes ...
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Where should the “preferences” item go in a desktop application?

I find that the "preferences" menu item is always in a different place, and often under an arbitrary name which always makes it a pain to locate unless you're already familiar with the software. I ...
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2 row navigation vs. dropdowns

I've seen two different types of navigation bars when a site requires nested navigation, one where hovering over a link drops down an additional menu, and one where a second horizontal bar is ...
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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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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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What order to choose for subnavigation links in mega-dropdowns?

We have changed our navigation and switched to a mega-dropdown-menus. Now we had some discussion how to arrange/sort the subcategories inside the dropdown layer. One opinion is that the user is ...
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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 ...