Keyboard Menu/App Key
The ▤ Menu key is invented by Microsoft. It first appeared on the Microsoft Natural Keyboard in 1994.
Typically, it is only on the right side besides Control key.
[see Microsoft Natural Keyboard]
What's the Menu Key For
The ▤ Menu key, also known as Apps key, is meant to be a application-specific context menu key.
In desktop (file manager), you can press 【▤ Menu r】 to rename, 【▤ Menu d】 to delete, 【▤ Menu p】 to show info/properties, etc.
In Firefox, you can press 【▤ Menu c】 to copy, and 【▤ Menu p】 to paste. Also works in terminal and most other apps.
As Mouse Right Button
The ▤ Menu key's function is similar to mouse's right button, or pressing 【Shift+F10】 in most applications.
Note: press the ▤ Menu key is not equivalent to pressing the right mouse button. For example, in a browser, pressing right mouse button on a link pops up a context menu for that link. But press ▤ Menu doesn't show the same context menu. You need first to put focus on the link (by pressing Tab), then press ▤ Menu.
Menu Key vs Fn Key
When you buy a keyboard, never get one that has Fn key in place of ▤ Menu key. Because, the Fn key is hardwired, you cannot remap in Operating System. If you don't like its preset multimedia functions, it becomes a useless key on one of the most important spot.
Like, a dead horse squatting in front yard.
Menu Key Use in Emacs
[see Emacs: How to Define Menu Key]
Keyboard Keys Topic
- Keyboard Big Fat Enter Key
- Keyboard Home/End Keys Arrangement
- Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards
- Keyboard Page Key
- Print Screen, SysRq, ScrLk, Pause, Break Keys
- Control Key and Capslock Key Positions in Old Keyboards
- Keyboard Evolution: Zoom Button, Dedicated Keys
- Keyboards with Volume Wheel
- Keyboard Modifier Keys, Short Survey
- Why Function Keys Are Useful
- Keyboard Menu/App Key
- Backspace Key: Key Label's Influence on Key Purpose
- Alt Graph Key, Compose Key, Dead Key
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