Context-sensitive menus

March 16, 2008

I was just wondering why do we show disabled menu items in a context-sensitive menu? In this case, showing disabled operations to the user doesn’t bring any useful information. For example, have a look at this context-sensitive menu for a mounted USB stick in the Nautilus desktop area (see bug 522739):


What’s the point of showing all those disabled items? If it’s a context-sensitive menu, it should show only actions that make sense it that context, right?

I see the point of having disabled menu items in a main menubar for the sake of bringing awereness of all available actions in an application. However, for context-sensitive menus, it just doesn’t make any sense. Am I missing something?

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