12. Standard Application Menus

In This Chapter:

The Application Menu

The File Menu

The Edit Menu

The Window Menu

The Help Menu


One of the great things about Mac OS is the level of standardization in basic interface elements such as menus. Apple user interface guidelines mandate that each application include a number of standard menus where specific commands can be found.

For example, every application will have a File menu and that menu will always include the application’s Open, Close, New, and Print commands (if applicable). This makes it very easy to learn the basics of new software. After all, if every application’s Open command is always on its File menu, you don’t have to go looking for it each time you need to open a file in a ...

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