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What is the proper name of the dropdown menu that appears at the top-right corner of all SharePoint pages and displays my name until it's clicked?

If you can, please cite a source.

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

That's the "Welcome Menu". While not an official Microsoft source, that is how the class structure and API defines it, and Heather Solomon's CSS chart covers it here.

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The CSS class of the menu also includes "ms-welcomeMenu", as Heather notes. – Stuart Pegg Feb 29 '12 at 15:22

That's actually a User Control called Welcome menu

<%@ Register TagPrefix="wssuc" TagName="Welcome" src="~/_controltemplates/Welcome.ascx" %>

The menu items can be observed by opening C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\CONTROLTEMPLATES\Welcome.ascx

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If you view the source of the page, you can see that it refers to itself as a "PersonalActionMenu".

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