Comparison of Options and Context Menus

An Options menu holds commands that are global to the activity while a Context menu holds commands that apply only to an item in the content. As shown in these diagrams, the user navigates to the menu, then touches a menu item to perform an action or open a dialog.

For more technical information on menus, see Creating Menus. Commands Fixed in an Activity Screen

Commands can also be fixed directly on screen, typically in text buttons, graphic buttons, or list items. This placement is by far the most discoverable location for commands — a user can immediately see the command without having to first press a button. This increased visibility needs to be weighed against the space such user controls take up, or the sense that they might clutter the visual design.

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