Bubble menu

Validation level: 5. CHI, UIST, CSCW and TOCHI paper publication

The Bubbling menus combine the bubble cursor technique with directional mouse-gesture techniques to facilitate the access of certain items in a menu, such as frequently selected items.

Copy Bibtex Tsandilas, T. and schraefel, m. c. Bubbling Menus: A Selective Mechanism for Accessing Hierarchical Drop-down Menus. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 1195-1204, ACM, New York, NY, USA, CHI '07 , 2007.
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Storyboard of Functions

Overview of bubbling menus. Bubble cursors are used to select blue(hot)items in an alternative view, activated through mouse-dragging gestures. Blue items are specified by either a manual or an automatic customization mechanism

Folder selection

Vertical Movement

Diagonal Movement

Release of Mouse Button


Ability to customize the hot menu.
Frequently switch between hot menu and static menu.


High error rate
New interaction with learning workload