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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Mac OS X... > Using Menus for Quick Results

Using Menus for Quick Results

The Finder uses several different types of menus to help you use the commands you need to get the results you want. The Finder uses four types of menus: pull-down, submenu, pop-up, and contextual. The pull down menu appears on the menu bar when you click a menu name or status icon in the menu status area. A submenu appears when you point to a menu with a triangle. A pop-up menu appears in a window or dialog when you click the double arrow. A contextual menu appears when you hold down the Control key while you click an item, such as an icon, text, or graphic. A contextual menu displays a list of commands related to the selected item, like the Action pop-up menu. When you click a menu name, the menu stays open. If you don't want to select a menu command, you can click outside the menu or press the Esc key to close it.

Use a Pull Down Menu

Point to the name or menu status icon on the menu bar, and then click to open the menu.

Point to the menu option you want.

If a submenu opens, point to the menu option you want.

Click to select the command.


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