Menu-driven

Updated: 12/29/2017 by Computer Hope
menu-driven

Term 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, instead of a non menu-driven program.

Menu-driven

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 that allows the use of a 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.

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