Connecting Menu Items to IBActions in a Mac Storyboard
February 23rd, 2015
A common pattern in Mac application development is to create a menu item, create an
IBAction for that item in one of your classes, and connect the menu item to the
IBAction. When the person running your application chooses that menu item, your application performs the
If you’re using storyboards to develop your Mac application, you’re probably placing your
IBActions in your view controllers. When trying to connect a menu item to an
IBAction, your first instinct is to make a connection from the menu item to the view controller containing the
IBAction. But if you make the connection, you’ll see the following HUD:
That’s not what you were expecting to see. How do you connect the menu item so you can wire up your
IBAction? Make the connection from the menu item to the application scene’s First Responder.
When you make the connection to the application scene’s First Responder, the HUD will show a long list of actions instead of segues. Your
IBActions should appear in that list.