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Chapter 3. Mac OS X Basics > The Application Menu

The Application Menu

When an application launches in Mac OS X, it creates an application menu based on its own name, and places it in the first position after Apple on the menu bar. For example, if you start an application named TextEdit, the first menu item after Apple will be TextEdit.

This menu contains items that act on the entire application rather than on its files. For example, traditionally, you would quit an application by choosing Quit from the File menu. Even though we're all familiar with this, it doesn't really make sense. Quitting an application has nothing to do with a File—it affects the running application. Because of this, the application menu was created to consolidate all the application-specific menus into one location. Figure 3.12 displays the application menu for Mail—an included application.


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