[men-yoo, mey-nyoo] /ˈmɛn yu, ˈmeɪ nyu/

a list of the dishes served at a meal; bill of fare:
Ask the waiter for a menu.
the dishes served.
any list or set of items, activities, etc., from which to choose:
What’s on the menu this weekend—golf, tennis, swimming?
Computers. a list of options available to a user, as displayed on a CRT or other type of screen.
a list of dishes served at a meal or that can be ordered in a restaurant
a list of options displayed on a visual display unit from which the operator selects an action to be carried out by positioning the cursor or by depressing the appropriate key

1837, from French menu de repas “list of what is served at a meal,” from Middle French menu (adj.) “small, detailed” (11c.), from Latin minutus “small,” literally “made smaller,” past participle of minuere “to diminish,” from root of minus “to diminish” (see minus). Computer usage is from 1967, from expanded sense of “any detailed list,” first attested 1889.
operating system
A list from which the user may select an operation to be performed. This is often done with a mouse or other pointing device under a graphical user interface but may also be controlled from the keyboard.
Menus are very convenient for beginners because they show what commands are available and make experimentating with a new program easy, often reducing the need for user documentation. Experienced users however, often prefer keyboard commands, especially for frequently user operations, because they are faster to use. In situations such as text entry where the keyboard must be used anyway, having to move your hand to the mouse to invoke a menu operation is slow.
There are many different ways of presenting menus but the most common are the menu bar (with pull-down menus) and the context-sensitive menu.
The term “menu” tends to be reserved for a list of actions or global options, whereas a “list box” or other graphical widget might present any kind of choice.
See also menuitis.


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