Methods or Tools to Determine a Menu's Item (Command) Sorting



  • If user input is not available. Any tools or techniques to use to determine menu item order?

    Most used commands towards the top, but is there a way to determine this without end-user input?



  • Emulate other application menus. Users want as much familiarity as possible in command menus. For commands that are unique to your application, try to see where similar commands fit into conventional categories. You can use Google Images or YouTube to look at several mainstream software examples and a spreadsheet program to map their command menu layouts. That should give you an idea on categorization and ordering.

    The Edit menu for three popular desktop programs:

    Chrome Edit menu

    MS Word Edit menu

    Figma Edit menu




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