First my question, and then the details below: Should the main drop-down menu in a windows application always be titled "File" or should it be titled something more appropriate to the options it contains?
We are finishing up development on a pretty slick data reporting application. Without getting into too much unnecessary depth, here are the details:
On the main user interface, we have three dropdown menus: File, Options, and Help. Under File are options to:
1) Configure a new report (not necessarily run the report, but just set one up to be run in the future, possibly over and over) 2) Add a schedule to an existing report (to run automatically at user-defined intervals) 3) Add or remove devices that can be reported on 4) Exit program
We chose the title "File" because that seems pretty standard across the board for a program's main drop down menu, but I'm questioning if that is an appropriate title since none of the options under it directly relate to a file or files in any way. I am wondering if "Setup" or "Configuration" or "Menu" would be more appropriate. Based on Wikipedia's definition of file menu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_menu), I'm thinking we should rename it. But at the same time, with users so used to the main menu being titled "File", I don't want to confuse them or make it seem strange that there is not a file menu.