One of the menu bar menus
which every standards-compliant Macintosh application
has. The File menu is always in the second leftmost position on the menu bar, just right of the Apple menu
, and contains items for commands
related to entire files
. File menus are also commonly found in applications for Windows
, and other graphical systems.
Commands almost always found in the Macintosh File menu include:
- New -- Create a new document window.
- Open -- Open (load) a document from a file on disk.
- Save -- Store the current document into a file on disk, using its existing filename, if any.
- Close -- Close (remove) the current document window, optionally saving the file.
- Page Setup -- Configure the settings to print the current document.
- Print -- Print the current document to the current printer.
- Quit -- Exit the current application, optionally saving all open files.
Other common File-menu commands include:
- Save As -- Store the current document to disk, using a new filename.
- Revert -- Abandon any changes to the current document, restoring it to the state saved on disk.
- Insert -- Import the contents of a file on disk into the current document.
- Print Preview -- Display a graphic of what the current document would look like, printed with the current printer settings.
- Open Recent -- Select from a menu of recently-edited documents.
- Preferences -- Edit application-wide settings. (More commonly found under the Edit menu.)