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User interfaces

Menu driven interfaces

Simple menu

simple menu, black background with white text, four options read: 1. Start in MS DOS mode, 2. Start Windows, 3. Run system check, 4. Shut down and log off

The user is offered a simple menu from which to choose an option. One menu often leads to a further menu. Part of the screen may have an instruction followed by a numbered list of options to choose from.

Full screen menu

A full screen menu takes up the entire screen.

Windows Media Centre full screen menu, options shown include: music, TV + movies, recorded tv, play dvd, online media

Menu bar

The drop-down menu when file is clicked

The drop-down menu when file is clicked

A menu bar is the set of options at the top of the screen. When an option is chosen a drop-down menu may be offered.

Features of menu driven interfaces include:

  • They are easy to use as the user does not have to remember sets of commands.
  • They are user friendly - you can often guess your way around the options.
  • They can be irritating if there are too many levels of menus to move around - with a command-line interface you can go to the option required immediately.

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