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My New Mac, Lion Edition by Wallace Wang

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Understanding the Menu Bar

When you visit a restaurant, the waiter hands you a menu. Likewise, when you turn on your Macintosh and run an application, it offers you menus of commands in its menu bar. But unlike that restaurant menu, you can select only one item at a time, and you must decide which menu to access to select the item you want.

The menu bar always appears at the top of the screen—it only offers commands for the program you have in front of you. Because the menu bar doesn’t have enough room to display every command on the screen at once, it organizes related commands into categories, called menu titles. Two commonly used menu titles are File and Edit.

The File menu lists commands you use when working with files. Nearly every program ...

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