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2.4 XEmacs Pull-down Menus
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If you are running XEmacs under X, a menu bar on top of the Emacs frame
provides access to pull-down menus of file, edit, and help-related
commands. The menus provide convenient shortcuts and an easy interface
for novice users.  They do not provide additions to the functionality
available via key commands; you can still invoke commands from the
keyboard as in previous versions of Emacs.

File
     Perform file and buffer-related operations, such as opening and
     closing files, saving and printing buffers, as well as exiting
     Emacs.  

Edit
     Perform standard editing operations, such as cutting, copying,
     pasting, and killing selected text.  

Apps
     Access to sub-applications implemented within XEmacs, such as the
     mail reader, the World Wide Web browser, the spell-checker, and
     the calendar program.  

Options
     Control various options regarding the way XEmacs works, such as
     controlling which elements of the frame are visible, selecting the
     fonts to be used for text, specifying whether searches are
     case-sensitive, etc.  

Buffers
     Present a menu of buffers for selection as well as the option to
     display a buffer list.  

Tools
     Perform various actions designed to automate software development
     and similar technical work, such as searching through many files,
     compiling a program, and comparing or merging two or three files.  

Help
     Access to Emacs Info.  
   
   There are two ways of selecting an item from a pull-down menu:

   * Select an item in the menu bar by moving the cursor over it and
     click the left mouse-button.  Then move the cursor over the menu
     item you want to choose and click left again.

   * Select an item in the menu bar by moving the cursor over it and
     click and hold the left mouse-button.  With the mouse-button
     depressed, move the cursor over the menu item you want, then
     release it to make your selection.

   If a command in the pull-down menu is not applicable in a given
situation, the command is disabled and its name appears faded.  You
cannot invoke items that are faded.  For example, many commands on the
Edit menu appear faded until you select text on which they are to
operate; after you select a block of text, edit commands are enabled.
Note: Mouse Selection, for information on using the mouse to select
text.  Note: Using X Selections, for related information.

   There are also `M-x' equivalents for each menu item.  To find the
equivalent for any left-button menu item, do the following:

  1. Type `C-h k' to get the `Describe Key' prompt.

  2. Select the menu item and click.

   Emacs displays the function associated with the menu item in a
separate window, usually together with some documentation.

File Menu
Items on the File menu.
Edit Menu
Items on the Edit menu.
Apps Menu
Items on the Apps menu.
Options Menu
Items on the Options menu.
Buffers Menu
Information about the Buffers menu.
Tools Menu
Items on the Tools menu.
Help Menu
Items on the Help menu.
Menu Customization
Adding and removing menu items and related
operations.

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