Menus provide access to commands you use to manage windows and operate software applications.
Choosing a menu item performs an associated action on the currently selected object. For example, when you select a window and choose Minimize from its Window menu, the window becomes an icon.
Menu items that appear dimmed are available only under certain conditions. For example, the Window menu's Restore item is available only when the window is an icon.
Menus you'll use on the desktop include:
An application's File menu is shown here.
Use Window menu items to control windows and window icons.
Click on a window icon
Press Alt+Spacebar with the keyboard focus on a window or window icon
Restore--turns an icon back into a window
Move--changes the window's location
Size--changes the size of the window (inactive for icons)
Minimize --turns the window into an icon
Maximize--enlarges the window to its greatest allowable size
Lower--moves the window to the background
Occupy Workspace--use to select the workspaces in which you want the window to appear
Occupy All Workspaces--displays the window in all workspaces
Close--closes the window, removing it from the workspace
The Workspace menu is a pop-up menu that contains items for managing the workspace.
Shuffle Up--brings the bottom window (in a stack of windows) forward
Shuffle Down--puts the top window (in a stack of windows) in the background
Minimize/Restore Front Panel--turns the Front Panel into an icon or restores the Front Panel from its icon
Restart Workspace Manager--stops then restarts the Workspace Manager (typically used after you have customized configuration files)
Log out--begins the logout process (equivalent to the Front Panel Exit control)
You cannot access this menu through your keyboard.
More OpenWindows desktop applications are available from within the OpenWindows application group in Application Manager.
Press mouse button 1 over the Window menu button or icon, drag to the item, then release the mouse button.
Click the Window menu button to display the menu.
If the window is an icon, click the icon.
Click a menu item.
To close the menu without choosing an item, click anywhere other than the menu.
Press Alt+Tab until you've placed the keyboard focus, as shown by the highlight, on the window or window icon.
Press Alt+Spacebar to display the Window menu.
Press the key for the item's mnemonic, the underlined character in the item name.
To close the menu without choosing an item, press Esc.
Move the pointer over the workspace backdrop.
Press mouse button 3, drag to the item, then release the mouse button.
To close the menu without choosing an item, move the pointer away from the menu and click.
You cannot choose a Workspace menu item through your keyboard.
Display the menu:
Object's pop-up menu: Click the object with mouse button 3.
Click the item.
You can also choose a menu item by pressing the mouse button, dragging to the item, then releasing the mouse button.
To close a menu without choosing an item, move the pointer away from the menu and click.
Press Alt+Tab until you've placed the keyboard focus, as shown by the highlight, on the application window.
Display the menu by holding down Alt and then pressing the key for the menu's mnemonic (the underlined character in the menu's name as shown in the menu bar).
Press the key for the item's mnemonic.
Or, press an arrow key to move to the item, then press Return.
Press Alt+Tab until the keyboard focus is on the application window or workspace object.
Press Shift+F10 to display the pop-up menu.
Press the key for the item's mnemonic.
Or, press Down Arrow to move to the item, then press Return.
To close a menu without choosing an item, press Esc.
For more information about using your keyboard for desktop navigation, refer to Appendix A, Keyboard Shortcuts for the Desktop.
In some applications such as Mailer and Calendar, you can tear off a menu, which keeps it open on your desktop for repeated use. You can recognize the availability of a tear-off menu by the appearance of a dotted line at the top of the menu.