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Motif and CDE 2.1 Style Guide Reference
The File menu includes the following choices:
FileA cascading choice that appears as a menu-bar item. It provides access to
other menu items that allow a user to invoke actions for storage, data
transfer, and display of the object, file, or data being viewed in the window.
PrintA dialog choice that prepares and arranges data to be printed.
Print SetupAn action choice that opens a window in which the user can set the
parameters for printing.
RevertAn action choice that resets a view of an object or file to the state it
was in when the object or file was last opened or last changed, whichever is
When to Use
If you provide any of the functionality specified for the choices defined
for a File menu, provide a File choice on the menu bar.
In conjunction with the Menu Guidelines reference page, use Table 14 to decide which of the choices listed to include in the File menu and
how to organize them.
Table 14. File Menu Choices
||Save As ...
||Copy To ...
||Move To ...
RecommendedIf an application does not have a state or contents that needs to be named
and persistently stored, then do one of the following:
Replace the File choice's label with one identifying the application.
If the application manages a single type of element and uses a Selected
menu whose label has been replaced with the name of that type, eliminate the
File menu and place Close (if needed) and Exit at the end of the Selected
OptionalThe File menu can include (at the end, preceded by a separator) a list of
files previously viewed by the user that are no longer viewed in the current
window (or optionally in any open window of the application). This list
generally has a maximum length and can be optionally limited to the files
viewed since starting the application or the session.
RequiredWhen the user chooses Revert, modify the displayed state to revert to the
state last saved or, if the state has not been saved, to the initial state.
RecommendedDo not support Revert if significant aspects of the data being viewed
depend upon data provided continually (or intermittently) through an external
source. If the user has indicated (through property settings) that the view
should not automatically be changed as new data arrives, or if new data does
not arrive automatically, provide a Refresh choice that explicitly obtains the
new data, if necessary, and refreshes the view.
RecommendedIf there is a selection, the Print dialog allows the user to specify that
just the selected region is to be printed.
OptionalYou can use Revert as a dialog or cascading choice if more than one kind
of reversion is supported.
Essential Related Topics
For more information, see the Close (Choice), Exit (Choice), Menu
(Control), Menu Guidelines, New (Action Choice), Open (Choice), and Save/Save
As (Action Choice) reference pages.
Supplemental Related Topics
For more information, see the Help (Menu/Action Choice) and Menu Bar
(Menu Type) reference pages.
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