Chapter 11. The app bar

This chapter covers

  • The app bar and buttons
  • Using the app bar for navigation
  • Popups and menus

It may be hard to imagine applications without toolbars, but prior to the mid–Windows 3.1 timeframe, they were uncommon in GUIs. The original Apple Macintosh (and the Xerox technology it was based on) and clearly derivative GEOS, all with their single menu bar at the top, plus the Amiga Workbench and Windows 1.x with flat menus per window together established the menu navigation standard. None of them made real use of toolbars.

Eventually, applications got more complicated, and their menus became overly complex, making it difficult to find common tasks. With the rise in screen resolution, more screen real estate became ...

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