Creating an Interactive Menu


Creating an Interactive Menu

To create a Menu object, you must first create an Interactive Menu. An Interactive Menu is a menu that is stored within a project, but does not actually display on the screen until you use it in a Menu object.

An Interactive Menu can contain Menu Items, Submenus, and Separators. Each Menu Item and Submenu item can be assigned an action (such as linking to a different page or opening a URL).

An Interactive Menu can be displayed as a Menu Bar or as a Pop-Up Menu (drop-down menu).

  • If an Interactive Menu displays as a Menu Bar, the Menu Items display as menus at the top of the Menu Bar, the first-level Submenus display in a drop-down list as menu items in the menus, and any further Submenus display as submenus of the menu items.
  • If an Interactive Menu displays as a Pop-Up Menu, the Menu Items display vertically as menu items in a drop-down list, and all Submenus display as submenus of the menu items.

To create an Interactive Menu:

  1. Choose Edit > Interactive Menus. The Interactive Menus dialog box displays.
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    The Interactive Menus dialog box enables you to create, delete, and duplicate Interactive Menus.

  2. To create an Interactive Menu, click New. The Edit Interactive Menu dialog box displays.
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    The Menu Properties tab of the Edit Interactive Menu dialog box enables you to control the appearance of an Interactive Menu.

  3. Enter a name for the menu in the Menu Name field. This is the name you will use to assign the Interactive Menu to a Menu object. The menu name does not display in exported files.
  4. Use the Menu Properties tab to determine how the menu will look:
    • Assign a style sheet, text inset, and background for the menu’s Normal and Highlight states. (The Text Inset value is applied on all sides of the text.)
    • Assign a line width and color for the menu’s Border and Separator.
  5. Click the Menu Items tab.
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    The Menu Items tab of the Edit Interactive Menu dialog box enables you to add Menu Items, Submenus, and Separators to an Interactive Menu.

  6. To add a menu item or submenu item, do the following:
    • To create a menu item, choose Menu from the Add Menu button QuarkXpress btn interactive menu add menu Creating an Interactive Menu. Or, to create a menu item on a submenu of the menu item selected in the scroll list, choose Submenu.
    • Enter a name for the menu item in the Item Name field.
    • To specify a keyboard command that activates this menu item’s action, enter a key combination in the Key Alias field.
    • To assign the action that should be executed when this menu item is selected by an end user, choose an action from the Action drop-down menu.
  7. To add a separator beneath the menu item selected in the scroll list, choose Separator from the menu.
Parent topic: Working with menus