menu : Java Glossary

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pulldown list of actions the user can select across the top of a frame. See the essay on menus on how I think user-configurable, globally-configurable, menus should be implemented. In AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit) you need three classes to set up a menu: MenuBar, Menu, and MenuItem. In Swing

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Oracle’s Javadoc on MenuBar class : available:
Oracle’s Javadoc on Menu class : available:
Oracle’s Javadoc on MenuItem class : available:

In Windows NT, the way you configure your menu is by dragging shorcuts icons into various magic directories: The magic directories are as follows:

Windows NT Menu Configuration
Directory Purpose
WINNT\Profiles\user\Desktop Icons for the Administrator’s desktop.
WINNT\Profiles\user\Send To Apps the Administrator can send a file to for processing via right click send to.
WINNT\Profiles\user\Start Menu Administrator’s main start menu.
WINNT\Profiles\user\Start Menu\Programs Administrator’s second tier start menu accessible by clicking Programs.
WINNT\Profiles\user\Start Menu\Programs\Startup Programs that will automaically start when you reboot and logon as the Administrator.
WINNT\Profiles\All Users\Desktop Icons that will appear on all users’ desktops.
WINNT\Profiles\All Users\Send To Apps all users can send a file to for processing via right click send to.
WINNT\Profiles\All Users\Start Menu Appear on all users’ main start menu. They appear below the Administrator list, not sensibly merged with it sorted in order as you might expect.
WINNT\Profiles\All Users\Start Menu\Programs Appear on all users’ second tier start menu accessible by clicking Programs. They appear below the Administrator list, not sensibly merged with it sorted in order as you might expect.
WINNT\Profiles\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup Programs that will automaically start when you reboot and logon as any user.
WINNT\Profiles\Default User\Desktop Icons that will appear on a new user’s desktop.
WINNT\Profiles\Default User\Send To Apps a new user can send a file to for processing via right click send to.
WINNT\Profiles\Default User\Start Menu Appear on a new users’ main start menu.
WINNT\Profiles\Default User\Start Menu\Programs Appear on a new users’ second tier start menu accessible by clicking Programs.
WINNT\Profiles\Default User\Start Menu\Programs\Startup Programs that will automaically start when you reboot and logon as a newly created user, before he has configured his own profile.
Each user has a profile similar to Administrator. W95 and W98 works similarly, except there is no Profiles or Administrator level in the directory name. Me, NT, W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32 and W8-64 menu configuring by direct drag and drop on the menu itself which is considerably easier, and also considerably easier to muck up by accident.

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