Should I use kebab or meatball menu in desktop?



  • Is there a "rule" or "design consensus" regarding the use of kebab or meatball menu in desktop design? I want to use kebab menu because it looks better than meatball but want to make sure it would be ok.

    Examples of kebab and meatball menus



  • The hamburger menu and all its derivatives have been created to optimize spaces in reduced visibility fields of mobile devices. Then they have been adapted to desktop according to:

    • Functionality: toolbar extension, almost always as an extra addition

    • Aesthetics: reduce the number of elements on the screen, avoid long menu listing, etc.

    If the case of the question is the first point:

    • The three vertical dots are useful on horizontal bars such as the settings menu of Chrome enter image description here
    • The three horizontal dots on vertical toolbars, such as some app toolbars like Facebook or Illustrator, or following any horizontal element like the tweet top line on Twitter.
    Facebook Illustrator Twitter

    If it's the aesthetic case, any option is valid, aesthetics totally lacks consensus. I would only take care it has a correct visualization.


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