Questions tagged [contextual-menu]

a menu with items that change depending on the context in which it is opened, such as the right click menu in most operating systems.

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Web app having all commands available in more than one menu usability? Same commands are replicated in the main menu / context menus / setting panels

Any insight or recent supporting research for or against having menu commands accessible in more than one menu? This applies to a web app that would allow you to design items similar to Keynote or ...
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Menu Items Capitalization Title Cases vs Sentace Cases [duplicate]

I've come across varied examples of menu items using title cases for capitalizing words and others use sentence cases for menu items For example, macOS mainly uses title cases for menu entries across ...
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Context Menu Order of Common File Commands - Specifically Save and Close

Thoughts on the order of common file commands in a context menu? Close Save Save and close or Save Save and Close Close What is more commonly used in a Context Menu? Close or Save. Adobe apps seem to ...
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Is it bad practice to have different menu actions in the same table?

I have a table which is a collection of several different types of item, Documents, Images, and Assets (domain specific). I originally had different columns for each item and this was messy so I added ...
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Contextual menu vs. Right-click menu. Is the term "contextual menu" misused?

When we need to refer to a right-click menu, we typically call it a contextual menu. But it seems the term "contextual menu" is misused. The first problem The first problem is that we get ...
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Global Settings Menu VS Context Settings Menu

I am working on a web app that offers a set of photo filters. I want to offer as frictionless an experience as possible and minimize the number of clicks / actions required for the user to perform ...
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Right Menus vs Main Menu Entries

Interested in any method or insight into the best way to determine what menu items are contained in a context menu compared to the main menu. Should both menus contain all the same entries depending ...
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Are there disadvantages to intercepting click and hover events when menu is open?

When a menu (application menu or context menu) is open some applications intercept all clicks and mouse hover events, while others do not. For example if you open a website on Chrome (on Ubuntu - I am ...
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Contextual meaning

Reading some articles about concepts, I found frequently the word contextual (contextual panel, subcontextual, contextual actions). Maybe is a newbie's question, but I don't understand very well the ...
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Nested list, need advice for contextual menu in parent and children

I am working on an app where I have to display a nested list of parent and child items. The principal target is mobile. Every parent element has a contextual menu and children. Now my design looks ...
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Multilevel navigation in data-table including details and actions

I have multiple interactions from one screen to another and from that screen to the next screen. At least 4 levels of navigation happens in one use case. Example User lands on the data table which has ...
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How many kebab menus (more options menus) can you fit in on one screen?

I have just joined a new project and designed a part of the interface where users can see original text and translated text side by side. The app itself has a top bar with Logo, Profile, More Options ...
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How to prevent downloading low-res images? [duplicate]

Context: I run a photography business that encourages people sharing photos without restrictions. My websites contains galleries of thumbnail images where each image links to the original, high-res ...
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About the actionable data table

As a business application, the data table must provide: Actionable data including opening the property, delete, export, send email.....etc, and usually viewing the property is the most important ...
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Context menu being chopped off from main screen - alternative design strategies?

I am not sure if many people have experienced this before, but on desktop applications where the context menu (i.e. pop-up menu triggered by a right-click mouse selection) is used for items that is in ...
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Should menu item text include the context it applies to? (e.g. "Delete" vs "Delete Comment")

Example: When opening a menu on a user page, one can encounter the following menu items: Ban Delete Report Is it better practice if the menu items are as followed: Ban User Delete User Report User ...
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What is the standard way of showing the user that a context menu is available in a user interface?

In the picture below, the same icon is used for two different actions. The ones to the right expand and collapses the section, whereas the ones to the left open a classic context menu. I find this ...
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Alternative to contextual menu in a web application

TLDR: I'm currently using a contextual menu in a web app for a complex form, but it has limitations and I'm seeking alternatives I have a very complex form which follows a non-fixed model. This means,...
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Is right click on tables bad UX

We've a grid where users can select multiple rows and perform actions on them. When rows are selected, we show action buttons at the top of the grid. We've been thinking about making these actions ...
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Desktop app status bar: Notification vs error message

I'm working on a particular feature that requires messages to be shown in the context menu when user clicks on it. Option 1 Display different icons for different events (Upgrades and errors for ...
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Why do most Android applications place the navigation bar icon (hamburger menu icon) inside the search bar?

Apps like Play store and several other do this. They seem deeply flawed in their design. Since the hamburger menu has nothing to do with search, why is it designed in such a way?
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Is it proper UX practice to mix tab menus in an application that use icons+text with just text tab items?

Each screen has different menu items. The reason being that I decided to use text+icons for one of the screens is cuz the text would be too long if I used the same styling as another screen with only ...
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How to filter menu options when the user selects multiple items

So we have an app which lets the user multi-select items from a long list. If the user selects one item we filter the right click menu options to be those available to the user. If the user selects ...
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Empty context menu - useful or an anti-pattern?

In most areas of our browser-based application, the user gets a context menu when he right-clicks an object. In some areas, there are no actions available for the selected object, therefore a right-...
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Is there a practice to indicate that some area is accessible via Permissions only?

I have a menu on a web page, where for all employees it has 3 line items, but for some employees with certain permissions it has 6 line items. Those who can see only 3 line items do not need to know ...
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Is there a best practice for presenting user with options that dictate rest of the experience?

I'm having trouble searching for the information I'm looking for because I don't know what this type of UI element/layout is known as or if it has a name at all. I'm working on a new app for desktop ...
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Actions (icons) in table

I'm working to redesign our application and we are unsure where the table actions should be (in the left side of the row, right side, with or without submenu, etc). Please help us to define with would ...
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How would redirect the user mid way through a menu cycle using chevrons?

Action: selecting the chevron in the menu pushes more menu options to the left. Scenario: A user wants to cycle through the menu items to see whats available. The user gets 3/4 of the way through and ...
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Any rules regarding button order? [duplicate]

I am currently designing a GUI that contains a FileSystem in form of a TreeView. Everytime you rightclick a TreeItem you will get a menu that looks like this: My Buttons are position like this atm: ...
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Popover Menu with Only One Item, but Potentially Two

My question is related to this one, but not exactly the same (I explain why in the Note below). One of the screens of my iPad app displays a PDF file, and in the top right there is an "Action" bar ...
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When should I use a menu bar icon on macOS?

When writing a desktop application for macOS, in which cases it is useful or advisable to add a menu bar icon? Are there any UI guidelines? And what should happen with the dock icon? Example Evernote:...
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Are redundant close buttons on an auto-closing popup necessary?

Take a popup that closes automatically, either by losing focus, by other elements being brought into focus or clicked, or upon expiration of a set display time. Is providing a redundant close button ...
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Where to put context-free controls in a tabbed UI?

First of all: With "context-free controls" I refer to controls whose behavior is independent of the selected tab. With "context-sensitive controls" I refer to controls whose behavior is dependent of ...
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Mobile Contextual Action Bar with uncommon text titles

I have a contextual action bar (Android) with some text titles that are very specific to the context the app is used in: (hidden under the menu: "Remove Unit", there are 5 items in the menu) I ...
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Is it bad practice to disable (replace) the context menu?

I'm working on a web platform where users can select/highlight text and perform selection-specific actions on the highlighted text. The current implementation shows a custom context menu on selection (...
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2 selected objects - what context menu to display?

I have a similar question to this one. I have 2 different types of objects. When you click on Object A you get a list of contextual menu items available. When you click on Object B you get another ...
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Backgrounds Color For Primary Menu and Secondry Menu [closed]

I am designing the statistics tools which will have it's Dashboard filled with multiple floating tiles showing accurate data as per user's need. Apart from that we have primary and secondary menu, ...
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Contextual or global: action label in Navigation Bar and Segmented Control

I'm trying to layout a screen where users could delete some content using the classic iOS pattern: tap on the Nav-Bar's "edit" label (top-right) then tick the items to delete validate Nothing ...
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Is the context-menu cursor a useful replacement for the pointer when opening a context-menu?

To connote that an element opens a menu and is not a link, we are using cursor: context-menu. See example. Our target browsers all support the cursor. I can't find any relevant discussion on the ...
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Why some items in the contextual menu of OS X contain the selected file name but some don't? [closed]

Open Finder.app in OS X and right-click on a file (for example, index.html) to open the contextual menu. There are items without the selected file name like Rename and Duplicate, as well as items with ...
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Where Is there a “best place” to put navigation/menu bar in an app

I am doing User Experience research and I would like to know where Is there a “best place” to put navigation/menu bar in an app to give the best user experience and why is this? By navigation I mean ...
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Which navigation pattern to use

We are currently working on designing a Responsive Web Site for a very niche market. The user base (elderly) would be using this site purely from content consumption - reading perspective more than ...
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Guidelines for object selection with a contextual menu

I've always thought that a contextual click (aka right-click) on an object should select the object if it's not already selected while bringing up a contextual menu. But lately I've noticed a ...
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Order of items in a context menu

Are there any styleguides, recommendations, best practices how to order items within a context menu? They question is about classic context menus, but I'm also interested in stuff about radial or more ...
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Lazy context menus

I manage a large Windows desktop application, which is the 'back office' of an EPOS system. There are many screens which allow the user to search through collections of objects, for example orders or ...
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Left-click, right-click, and double click events for web application

I'm working on a scheduling UI that has some actions that I would like to map to mouse-based shortcuts (all functions can be manually performed outside of the shortcuts, as well). An example of part ...
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Menu with icons and checkable items

In a normal windows application, I've (context) menus. Many of the items have individual icons for better recognition. Now, some of the menu items are checkable. The "standard" way of showing the ...
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"Fluid Touch" gesture menus on mobile applications

A few weeks ago, I read a blog post about a way to reduce clicks/touches when selecting items from expandable menus: The most common behavior is touching an icon to open some menu, and touch again on ...
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Remove or disable context menu items with multiple selected items?

I have a context menu set on a list box. The list items support a Rename command. Right clicking a single list item adds the Rename command to the context menu. The Rename command cannot execute ...
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What's the pattern name for: optional action menu after input

Looking for a pattern name for an action menu that can be opened after input. Visual Studio has this when you for example change a name and you get visual indicator that you can press Ctrl + . to open ...
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