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Chapter 1. Working with Your Mac > Menus and Dialog Boxes

Menus and Dialog Boxes

Menus and dialog boxes are the way you and your Mac talk to each other. You use menu commands (the individual items in a menu) to tell your Macintosh what you want it to do; your Mac uses dialog boxes to tell you what it's doing and ask for guidance now and then. You'll be using menus and dialog boxes for a fair bit of work on your Mac, so you need to become adept at using them. It's easy.

All About Menus

The menu bar across the top of the screen is home to all of your Mac's menus; each word in the menu bar is a menu. When you click a menu, it opens downward, revealing all of its individual menu commands or items. The Finder has its own menu bar, as does almost every program you launch. These menus contain commands appropriate for the program that's running—after all, it wouldn't make much sense to have the Finder's menus (which deal mostly with folders and files and systemwide services) when you're using a word processor to write a letter. When you switch to a different program, the menus in the menu bar change to reflect the new environment.


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