CompuServe Menus in 1982

written by Matthew Reed

In 1982, CompuServe changed their menu structure to “promote ease of use.” The new menus were grouped under six categories:

  • Newspapers
  • Home Services
  • Business and Financial Services
  • Personal Computing Services
  • User Information
  • Index

Any user could go directly to a page by using the “Go” command. For example, typing “Go HOM-1” would go to the “Home Services” menu page.

Some of the new menus were detailed as part of an article describing the changes in the July/August 1982 issue of the TRS-80 Microcomputer News. I have reproduced the menus listed in that article as a snapshot of computer history.

Page IND-1

INDEX

Page CIS-1

COMPUSERVE INFORMATION SERVICE

  • Newspapers
  • Home Services
  • Business & Financial Services
  • Personal Computing Services
  • User Information
  • Index

Page CIS-4

USER INFORMATION

  • What’s New
  • Command Summary & Usage Tips
  • FEEDBACK to Customer Service
  • Changing Terminal Defaults
  • Changing Your Password
  • Reviewing Your Charges
  • Changing Credit Card Info
  • Telephone Access Numbers
  • Current Rates
  • CompuServe Viewpoint

Page HOM-1

HOME SERVICES

  • Newspapers
  • Weather
  • Reference Library
  • Communications
  • Shop Bank at Home
  • Groups and Clubs
  • Games and Entertainment
  • Education
  • Home Management

Page FIN-1

BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • News Reports
  • Reference Databases
  • Communications

Page PCS-1

PERSONAL COMPUTING SERVICES

  • News
  • Reference
  • Communications
  • Shop at Home
  • Groups and Clubs
  • Programming and Computing

Page WEA-1

THE WEATHER

  • Aviation Weather
  • Public & Marine Weather

Key digit or H for description

Page HOM-30

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Electronic Mail (user to user messages)
  • CB Simulation
  • National Bulletin Board (public messages)
  • User Directory

Page HOM-50

GROUPS AND CLUBS

  • AVSIG
  • CBIG
  • Hamnet
  • Netwits
  • Photo-80
  • Instructions
  • Description of Groups

Page HOM-70

EDUCATION

  • The College Board
  • The Multiple Choice

Page FIN-10

NEWS REPORTS

  • CNS Financial Commodity News
  • Archer Commodity Report
  • Investment News and Views
  • Small Business Report
  • The Federal Report

Page FIN-30

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Electronic Mail (user to user messages)
  • User Directory

Page PCS-20

REFERENCE

  • Programming Languages
  • Text Editors
  • Word Processing
  • Utilities
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Special Features
  • Terminal Software

Page PCS-40

SHOP AT HOME

  • $ Softex (Software Exchange Program)
  • Access (User Contributed Software)
  • Art Gallery & Documentation

$ Indicates additional charges for software purchased

PAGE PCS-50

PROGRAMMING AND COMPUTING

If you proceed to the next page, you will enter Command Mode. If you don’t have a Personal Computing Guide, we suggest you return to the previous menu by keying: M.

Once in Command Mode, you can return to the main menu by typing: R DISPLA

The next page will take you into command mode.

Page HOM-10

NEWSPAPERS

  • The Columbus Dispatch
  • The New York Times
  • Virginian-Pilot & Ledger Star
  • The Washington Post
  • The San Francisco Chronicle
  • The San Francisco Examiner
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The Minneapolis Star and Tribune
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Middlesex Daily News

Page HOM-20

REFERENCE LIBRARY

  • Aviation Safety Institute
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Movie Reviews
  • Popular Science – Energy
  • Popular Science – New Products
  • The Future File
  • The Refundle Bundle
  • U.S. Government Publications
  • Video Information

Page HOM-40

SHOP BANK AT HOME

  • $ Comp-U-Star (Electronic Shop-at-Home)
  • Electronic Banking
  • Art Gallery & Documentation
  • New York Times
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune

$ Indicates premium program

Page HOM-60

GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT

  • Adventure
  • New Advent
  • Blackjack
  • Civil War
  • Eliza
  • Fantasy
  • Fastermind
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gomoku
  • Hangman
  • Lunar Lander
  • Space War
  • StarTrek

Page HOM-61

GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT (Cont)

  • Backgammon
  • Concentration
  • Craps
  • Chess
  • Cube Solver
  • Furs
  • Hammurabi
  • Maze
  • Mugwump
  • Othello
  • Pirates
  • Roulette
  • Scramble
  • Wumpus
  • Aunt Nettie

Note: Some games are not formatted for small screens. To exit, enter CONTROL C

Page HOM-80

HOME MANAGEMENT

  • Balance Your Checkbook
  • Calculate Your Next Raise
  • Calculate Your Net Worth
  • Amortize A Loan

Page FIN-20

REFERENCE DATABASES

  • $ MicroQuote
  • $ Quick Quote
  • $ Standard and Poor’s
  • $ Value Line Data Base II
  • Descriptions and Premium Program Rates

$ Indicates premium programs

Page PCS-10

NEWS

  • Atari Newsletter
  • RCA Newsletter
  • Tandy Newsletter
  • Microsoft Newsletter
  • The Micro Advisor

Page PCS-30

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Electronic Mail (user to user messages)
  • CB Simulation
  • National Bulletin Board (public messages)
  • User Directory

Page PCS-50

GROUPS AND CLUBS

  • CP/M
  • HUG
  • LDOS
  • MAUG
  • MCCONN
  • MNET-11
  • MNET80
  • MUSUS
  • RCA
  • VTOS
  • Instructions
  • Descriptions of Groups