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Chapter 16. Command Widgets > Menu Conventions

Menu Conventions

Perhaps more than any other standard widget, there are strong conventions for the organization of menus, and deviating from them is almost guaranteed to confuse your users. There is a set of standard menus, defined in the Windows user interface guide, The Microsoft Windows User Experience, and extended by (as always) the Microsoft Office suite. Both the position and the contents of these menus are defined. However, all of the menus are optional. If your application doesn't support any of the commands contained on a menu, you can simply omit them.

The File menu, if present (and it almost always is), is always the first item in the menu bar. As you'd expect, the File menu contains commands that affect entire files—New, Open, Save, and so forth. The last item on this menu is the Exit or Close command, preceded by a separator. If closing the window exits the application, use Exit. If the application will remain resident (even without any kind of interface), use Close instead.


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