Context menus are menus which open up under the mouse pointer and are therefore detached from the format graphical structure of the application. These menus provide an extra and convenient way to access Gnumeric commands. All of the commands in context menus are available through the regular menu system. Context menus provide different commands depending on the position of the pointer.
To activate a context menu, a user simply positions the pointer over the appropriate area and clicks one of the buttons on their mouse. Since this button is configurable and users have mice with different buttons, it may be a different button on any given machine or may even require the combination of a keyboard key and a mouse buttons. The user will have to find how to do this themselves.
Currently Gnumeric provides five different context menus. The context menu that is called in the central grid area is discussed next in Section 4.3.1 ― The Context Menu for the Cell Grid Area. The Context menu that appears when the pointer is over the row headers or column headers is presented in Section 4.3.2 ― The Context Menu for Column and Row Headers. Another context menu relates to the worksheet tabs and is explained in Section 4.3.3 ― The Context Menu for Worksheet Tabs. Yet another context menu applies to embedded objects or shaped components such as a plot. These are shown in Section 4.3.4 ― The Context Menu for Embedded Objects and Components.