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I'd first question whether you need global navigation on mobile. I'm often asked to implement global navigation on projects because project leads have a belief that users want to 'hand out' in the application and be able to navigate from one point to any other point. But in terms of actual usage, that's not now most people interact with most ...


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Microsoft provides some guidance in the Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines. This guidance explicitly suggests avoiding File and other standard menu categories for applications not designed around files and documents. From page 228, section "Menu Categories": Choose single word names for menu categories. Using multiple words makes the ...


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Full disclosure, I prefer keyboard shortcuts to menus even though they aren't visible. I think all menus already obscure their content, so it's not just a case of knowing where 'file, edit, etc' are you already need to know what is inside them. If you know what is inside them then chances are you know where they are positioned on the screen. As such I ...


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The fact is it really depends on your users. I think it's become more and more common that users know to do that but that is generalizing a bit. Best thing to is user test it. From a purely usability stand point, the ideal case is definitely to include it however there's often design and space considerations. I would look to see if you can trim down on ...


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Remember when Microsoft introduced the ribbon UI in MS Word and dropped the FILE MENU and replaced it with the GLOWING ORB OF MYSTERY? Remember how long it took you to find the PRINT option that first afternoon of the upgrade? :) Point being that, no, it's not a requirement--as MS has clearly shown--but it is a convention. So deciding to veer away from ...



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