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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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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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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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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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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tab menu + side panel - how to organize menu and “context menu”

I have a dashboard, with tab menu (tabs over the content) and a side panel with a vertical menu. My question is: I would like to make one menu (tab or side panel) as first level menu and the other ...
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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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Are radial contextual menus better than vertical list menus?

I've read suggestions that contextual menu items be arranged in a circle around the mouse cursor when the menu is activated, since Fitz's Law suggests that each target would be easier to hit. However,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best practice for translating context menu options to touch devices?

I'm building a photo site that must allow users to manage thousands of photos via paged thumbnails on a big desktop. I also want to offer a touch interface that is both usable and delightful on the ...
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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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Is there a particular reason contextual content areas and menus aren't more prevalent in web applications?

The idea would be that if you had a menu: Feed | Settings | Logout And for example, the user is on the Shared Documents page, and clicks Settings: Feed | *Settings | Logout *Shared --> ...
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Contextual menu in a web-app for professionals (i.e. formed by ourselves)

Introduction I'm working on an application that runs in browsers. This application displays several windows (the user can open and close them), in which multiple things are displayed : charts, grids, ...
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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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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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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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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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I miss the hidden right-click pop-down context menus like on Amiga Workbench. What happened to them?

Here is a question I've been trying to find an answer to for 20 years: Why don't modern operating systems (e.g. MS-Windows, OS/X) still use the intuitive and space saving right-click 'pop-down' menu ...
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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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How to indicate that there is a context menu?

In my desktop app, there are some charts. The charts all have context menus, that show zoom options, "Save as...", and a couple of other things. It is not clear to users that this menu exists. I'd ...
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Context menus in table

This is a repost from:https://stackoverflow.com/questions/25520588/context-menus-in-table I'm not quite sure if the audience is the same in here, but this seemed better place. I've an UI design ...
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Where to put the context sensitive menu

We have a suite of web applications that use 3 levels of menus – that last being context sensitive. The context sensitive menu is currently inside a concertina menu control, but I want to find out if ...
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How to display context actions in dropdown menues ?

I having little difficulties to display a context menu for dropdown menu actions: The picture shows the problem quite by-self: whilst the click on 'Google' does still its job, its pretty ...
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Term that describes saving & unsaving content to an offline/online only state?

Would "save" and "unsave" make sense for the user to clearly make a piece of content in an app available for offline viewing? (Potentially the use of a star alone will be used instead of a word but ...
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Useless IE context menu option

I was using my IE 10 when I right-clicked a link and its context menu showed up, I saw the first option was "Open Link". First thing that came to my mind was "What a useless option!". Since if I would ...
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Name the on-click menu-in-circle-around-object interface

What is the name for this type of interface? I would like to learn more about it but first I need to find it's proper name. Any links to related reading are welcome. EDIT: While adding tags I have ...
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Positioning table row action links

I have a list of customers in my application. The user can use the same actions for all the entries in the table: show, edit, view stats and delete. Currently I have the links for those actions on ...
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Android: Bye bye menu button? Should I now force the use of an on-screen menu?

Apparently, some time ago Android decided to be even more like iOS by ditching the physical menu button on all new devices in favour of an ActionBar showing menu items, just like the navigation bar on ...