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I asked a question just now.

Right clicking the 3 vertical dots (Kebab) button at the top right hand corner, would launch this menu ...

I am not quite sure if it is appropriate I used at here.

before I post the question, I've googled. and I got this

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I also searched on dictionary.cambridge and find nothing.

at, in, or on, which one paired "the top right hand corner" is more appropriate?

  • fu DL, do a little more research on "in/on/at" in ELL and ELU, and edit your question to include what you find. You will get more answers if your post shows good research effort. – AIQ Oct 2 '19 at 8:59
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    Native speaker here, with formal study in language/grammar, working in technology, so I literally write about the corners of screens all the time. And - I have no idea how to answer this, so, you'll certainly be understood with any of those. =) They're mostly interchanegable. What I can say: 'On' colocates with 'screen', 'at' is often used at the start of a sentence. – BadZen Nov 27 '19 at 18:45
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As a native U.S. speaker (also long in technology), I would balk just a little at the "at" there. I mean, I cannot call it wrong. But coming from what is common usage to me, I would expect to see "in" there, as a location where the button "resides."

I would expect "at" used in something more like: "Right clicking the 3 vertical dots (Kebab) button found at the top right hand corner, would launch this menu ..." And in that case, I could just as well expect "found in."

Meanwhile, "on" I would never use in this case. You may click "on" the button, but I would not find the button "on" the top right-hand corner. I might find a person leaning against a lamppost "on" a corner, because they are literally standing on it, but not on a screen in technology.

But also interesting to me here is that I had never yet heard of that button called a "kebab" before. :) I just call it the 3 dots or 3 vertical dots. When they are/were 3 short lines, I heard some call it a "burger" or a "sandwich," but I have a low tolerance for accepting that and I refuse to use it. :)

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