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Alternatively referred to as the file menu, a menu is a list of commands or choices offered to the user. Menus are commonly used in GUI operating systems and allow a user to access various options the software program is capable of performing. File menus are commonly accessed using the computer mouse; however, may also sometimes be accessed using shortcuts or the keyboard. Below is a visual example of what a menu may look like in a GUI environment.


Tip: Press the Alt key or F10 function key any time you want to open the file menu in any Windows program with a File menu.

Note: To help keep the interface clean many new programs are hiding the file menu or putting the file menu in a hamburger menu. To show the file menu press the Alt key on the keyboard.

Also see: Chevron, Menu bar, Menu-driven, Mnemonic, Operating system terms, Pop-up menu, Ribbon, Separator, Start menu, Submenu, Tear-off menu