A menu which appears in response to a user action (typically a mouse click) and whose contents are determined by which application window was clicked or has the input focus.
Most GUIs use a secondary mouse button (right or middle) to call up a context-sensitive menu as the primary mouse button is normally used to interact with objects which are already visible.
The context-sensitive menu often contains functions that are also available in a menu bar but the context-sensitive menu provides quick access to a subset of functions that are particularly relevant to the window area clicked on.
The RISC OS WIMP uses only context-sensitive menus (always invoked using the middle mouse button). This saves screen space and reduces mouse movement compared to a menu bar.
- Context switch
operating system When a multitasking operating system stops running one process and starts running another. Many operating systems implement concurrency by maintaining separate environments or “contexts” for each process. The amount of separation between processes, and the amount of information in a context, depends on the operating system but generally the OS should prevent processes […]
[kuh n-teks-choo-uh l] /kənˈtɛks tʃu əl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or depending on the . /kənˈtɛkstjʊəl/ adjective 1. relating to, dependent on, or using context: contextual criticism of a book adj. c.1820, from context on model of textual, etc. In philosophy, contextual definition is recorded from 1934, along with contextualization, contextualize. Related: Contextualized.
noun, Logic, Philosophy. 1. definition of a word or symbol by explaining the meaning of the phrase or statement in which it occurs.
[kuh n-teks-choo-uh-lahyz] /kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlaɪz/ verb (used with object), contextualized, contextualizing. 1. to put (a linguistic element, an action, etc.) in a , especially one that is characteristic or appropriate, as for purposes of study. /kənˈtɛkstjʊəˌlaɪz/ verb 1. (transitive) to state the social, grammatical, or other context of; put into context v. chiefly British English […]