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.
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
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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