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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (A+ 4 Real)
 9  Chapter 1: What are Operating Systems and How Do They Work?
      9  Operating System Features
           9  “What's This?” Explained

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Context Sensitive Menus

A context sensitive menu is a menu accessed by clicking the right mouse button, which displays menu options specific to the location and application where the click occurred. As a practical example, these are the context menus displayed when right clicking on the desktop, and right clicking on My Computer.

Figure 28: Context-Sensitive Menus for Desktop (left) and My Computer (right)

 


As you can see, 3rd party applications, Paint Shop Pro in this example, are also able to add their own features to these context menus, known as “extensions”.

Windows follows a very specific design pattern that allows both new and experienced users to understand quickly the available options in almost any context. In the desktop popup menu above, a number of menu items have a small arrow pointing to the right next to them. This symbol indicates that moving the mouse cursor over this item and pausing for a second will cause a second sub-menu to appear. In a similar manner, some of the items in the My Computer popup menu have 3 periods, “…”, appended to them. This indicates that when the option in question is clicked, a dialog box will appear to prompt for further input.


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