Where is the Drop-Down Menu?

We thought of writing this piece because the technology that runs computers and mobile devices used by our small business clients has undergone dramatic changes and will continue to evolve. The pattern we’ve noticed with the user interface is to position or hide helpful drop-down menus to maximum the screen view. While the design looks sleeker, it often makes navigation more difficult.

Here are three tips to help navigate hidden drop-down menus:

1.) Windows 8 implemented a new user interface that appears the same way on a mobile device as it does on a computer. While it looks clean from a design perspective, it’s not immediately apparent how to retrieve the menu. By tapping on the bottom right corner on your mobile device, or hovering your mouse on the bottom right corner of your computer screen, you will see the menu from Figure 1 appear.

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2.) Any symbol you see on a program likely has a purpose; dashes (-), plus signs (+), and arrows are common indicators of a menu.

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3.) In the network menu of a mac, adding or deleting a setting, printer, wallpaper, etc. can become a difficult task if you don’t know what to look for. To add a printer in a the Print & Fax menu, you click the + sign. To delete, you click the - sign.

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We hope this post has helped you navigate tricky hidden dropdown menus! Do you have a computer question that has been racking your brain? Leave a comment below and we’ll provide an answer in our next blog post!