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Lesson 3. Using Menus > What Is a Menu?

What Is a Menu?

A menu is a list of related commands that you use to perform tasks in windows and in Windows applications (tasks such as copying or deleting selected items in a window). Menu commands are organized in logical groups. Menus are context sensitive; that is, different menu options and different menus themselves will appear within the menu depending upon the task you are currently performing. For example, if you haven't cut or copied text or files, the Paste command in the Edit menu is not available (it's grayed out). Once you have copied or cut something, the Paste command is available.

You find menus on the menu bar, and you find menus when you right-click an item. When you right-click an item, a shortcut menu pops up on the screen (hence the name pop-up menu). Shortcut menus are context sensitive too and depending upon the program you are in and the item that you right-click, you will see different pop-up menus at different times.


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