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In Windows menus can have either commands (Print) or options (View => Large Icons). This is what Windows Design Guidelines for menus says about using bullets and checkmarks: Menu items that are options may use bullets and checkmarks. Commands may not. And on using icons: Consider providing menu item icons for: The most commonly used menu ...


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On standard Windows, icons and checkboxes share in the same column. Thant means you cannot have both a checkmark and an icon at the same time. The following image is from a Delphi 32bit EXE, wrapping the standard Windows API - images seem to take precedence to checkmarks: I have seen (rarely) programs with two such columns, showing checkmarks to the left ...


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From the Windows Guidelines: Context menu: Do the following conditions apply: Is there a small set of contextual commands and options that apply to the selected object or window region? Are these menu items redundant? Are the target users familiar with context menus? If so, consider providing context menus for the objects and ...


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Google's guidelines explicitly mention something about the order of the items in a menu: Menus with static content should have the most frequently used menu items placed at the top of the menu. Menus with dynamic content may have other behavior, such as placing previously used fonts at the top of the menu. The order can change based on user ...


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Having a context menu is nice for a shortcut, but in this instance may be causing more frustration than help. Can you change the location of where the action is performed to something like 1) select the object and 2) find the action on an action bar. Something like this: This buys you some time because the user has to move their attention and cursor from ...


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I believe you're on the right track. You've mentioned that you're avoiding the use of right-clicking because you're hesitant to override default browser behavior which aligns with a users' expectation. Expectation of your users' will have to be addressed by your team; however, I would argue that most users expect browser controls to come up with the right ...


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You are on the right track. You can do both. Is the contextual menu redundant? If not, I would make all those functions still available without using the contextual menu. This is rather important. Is there any reason why Zoom in/out/range functions are not available as buttons above the chart? If those functions are important, then they should be more ...


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This menu system has been around for a while Mobile and tablet game developers like Gameloft have used the interaction for years before the article (or the source demo it references) were written. In tablet games, they are used for cases like casting spells in an action game. It's useful to study why they're effective in those interfaces: The user hits ...


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I believe the pattern name you are looking for is a Context Menu. Tradionally they are accessed via right click or ctrl click but in this case the trigger appears to be a hover or key down. http://tworivers.com/blog/archives/489



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