Menus and toolbars

You can use menus and toolbars to provide users with specific actions for a highlighted item or screen. The table below provides a high-level overview of each type of menu and the toolbar and suggestions on how you can use these items together in an application.

Item

Example

Use

Using items together

Full menu

This screen shows a full menu.

Allows users to perform all actions for a screen in an application.

Group similar (but not critical) menu items in a submenu to help users find actions in the full menu more easily.

Submenu

This screen shows a full menu item and the submenu associated with it.

Allows users to find frequently used items in the full menu more easily.

Move related, less frequently used menu items out of the full menu into a submenu.

Pop-up menu

This screen shows a pop-up menu.

Allows users to perform the most common actions for a highlighted item quickly.

Use a pop-up menu instead of a toolbar for actions specific to a highlighted item.

Avoid including the same action in a pop-up menu and a toolbar unless the actions are very frequent.

Toolbar

This image shows a screen with a toolbar.

Provides a quick and easy way for users to access the most frequent actions for a screen or an application on a touch screen device.

Use a toolbar instead of a pop-up menu for actions associated with a screen or if users need to repeatedly perform an action.

Avoid including the same action in both a pop-up menu and a toolbar unless the actions are very frequent.

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