Working in Context: More Tabs, Plus Some Menus and Toolbars

People who have worked regularly with recent versions of Microsoft Office applications have grown used to the features and commands that you can use in context. The best example is the shortcut menu, also called the context or the right-click menu, which provides a set of commands related to an object you’ve selected—a block of text, a table, or some other type of object—or to your current context (as when you right-click the Windows desktop).

One of the central design principles of the 2007 release user interface is to display commands that relate to the context in which you are working. Shortcut menus are still used for this purpose (even with the improvements and efficiencies that the ...

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