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Chapter 3. Navigating and Controlling Windows > Using Menus and Dialog Boxes

Using Menus and Dialog Boxes

The Windows system of graphical menus and dialog boxes reduces the learning curve and increases skill retention. Menus are displayed in the same location in all programs and display groups of commands by functional category. Dialog boxes present a unified way of defining an object's properties or modifying a command's operation. The operating techniques for menus and dialog boxes are the same for all Windows applications.

Choosing Menus and Commands

The menu bar, located directly under the title bar of a program, displays the menu names. Windows programs use the same menu headings for common functions (such as File, Edit, Window, and Help), which makes it easier for you to learn new applications. To open a menu, click its name with the left mouse button, or press Alt and then the underlined letter in the menu name.


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