What is the term for the menu that appears at the top right of many webpages? Here are two examples:
According to a Six Revisions article on navigation:
Garrett calls additional navigation items courtesy navigation, Krug calls them utilities. Other people call them secondary navigation items but that term tends to fall apart conceptually on larger sites, so I would advise against that.
The Krug referred to is Steve Krug who calls those menus "utilities" in his book Don't Make me Think.
I've heard/used toolbar to refer to this area. It tends to be populated with account tools so it works on that level. I also like this term for a couple of reasons:
- It brings to mind desktop and web apps with tools anchored to the top of the window.
- There's something generic about it in the context of the web that "navigation" doesn't have. Since clients are jamming ads in there at an increasing rate, it's not such a disconnect for me ;)