Chapter 4. Windows Program Components

In this chapter:

  • What menus are and how to use them

  • What context menus are and how to use them

  • How to use toolbars and ribbons

  • How to use dialog boxes

  • General tips on user-interface design

MICROSOFT WINDOWS PROGRAMS HAVE CERTAIN STANDARD features that are familiar to users and that users have come to expect. Users feel more comfortable with applications that use those features. They feel safer experimenting with the program, knowing how the features will act.

For example, a menu item’s caption ends in an ellipsis (…) to indicate that the item displays a dialog box or some other Windows form and does not immediately perform a task. The user can safely click that item without performing any irrevocable action.

This ...

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