Updated: 12/29/2017 by Computer Hope

menu-drivenTerm used to describe a software program that is operated using file menus instead of using commands. Below is an example of how a user may quit a menu-driven program, as opposed to a non menu-driven program.


Within an open program, the user clicks the "File" option from the drop-down menu bar and selects "Quit."

Non menu-driven

User presses the "!" key and then presses the "q" key to quit the program.

A menu-driven environment like most programs in Microsoft Windows is easier for users as it is a graphical environment and allows the user to navigate using the mouse. A non menu-driven environment like the command line can be quicker, but requires more memorization and is more difficult for new computer users.

Related pages

Drop-down menu, Menu, Menu bar, Operating system terms