Context Menu is a Shortcut

In the above example, if the user performs touch & hold on the contact "Obi Wan Kenobi", a Context menu opens. The commands provided in this Context menu are the complete set of actions that can be performed on this contact.

A normal touch on an item in the content activates the most intuitive command for that selection — in this case, "View contact". We recommend that the most intuitive command also be listed as the first item in the Context menu. In this example, selecting the contact "Obi Wan Kenobi" runs the same command "View contact" that is listed at the top of the Context menu.

Options icon menu Options expanded menu

icon menu by long pressing the MENU button — the text in the icon (if any).

Dialer Call log

Oars in the Water

Mobile 505-987-65-43

Oats And Feed

Obi Wan Kenobi

Mobile 2M-2Î4-5678

Oceans Eleven

Mobile 497-876-5432

Odd Couples Ltd

Mobile 492-76M&1

Oedipus Complexities

© Obi Wan Kenobi

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Context Menu

Also note, as shown in the following screenshot, the Context menu and the next screen both hold the same complete set of commands that can be performed on this contact. The Context menu displays the commands in a list, while the "View contact" activity splits them into various items in the Options menu, icon buttons and list items.

Because of this duplication, using the Context menu is considered a shortcut for going to the next screen and performing the operation there. Context menus are less discoverable than either buttons fixed on-screen or the Options menu. Many users never discover or use Context menus. It is for this reason that, for the most part, any command on a Context menu should also appear on the most intuitive operation's screen. As the next section explains, text operations, such as "Select text" might appear only on a Context menu. Also, rich applications, such as browsers, which themselves can contain web applications, may have commands on Context menus that are not available elsewhere.

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