Create Your Own Camera Menu on Canon Rebel T3 Series Cameras - dummies

Create Your Own Camera Menu on Canon Rebel T3 Series Cameras

By Julie Adair King

Canon does a good job of making it easy to change the most commonly used settings on the Rebel T3 and T3i. You can access many critical options by pressing the buttons on the camera body, and others require only a quick trip to the camera menus.

To make the process even simpler, you can create your own, custom menu containing up to six items from the camera’s other six menus. Logically enough, the custom menu goes by the name My Menu and is represented by the green star icon.


To create your menu, take these steps:

  1. Set the camera Mode dial to an advanced exposure mode.

    Sadly, you can create and order from the custom menu only in P, Tv, Av, M, or A-DEP exposure mode.

  2. Press the Menu button and display the My Menu screen.

  3. Highlight My Menu Settings and press Set.

  4. Highlight Register to My Menu and press Set.


  5. Highlight the first item to include on your custom menu.

    To add a specific Custom Function to your menu, scroll past the item named Custom Functions to find and highlight the individual function. (The item named Custom Functions simply puts the Custom Functions menu item on your menu, and you still have to wade through multiple levels of steps to reach your function.)

  6. Press Set.

  7. Highlight OK and press Set.

  8. Repeat Steps 5 through 7 to add up to five additional items to your menu.

  9. Press the Menu button.

    You then see the My Menu screen, where the items you added to the menu should appear.

After creating your menu, you can further customize and manage it as follows:

  • Give your menu priority. You can tell the camera that you want it to automatically display your menu anytime you press the Menu button. To do so, select My Menu Settings on the main My Menu screen and then press Set. Highlight Display from My Menu and press Set. Highlight Enable and press Set again.

  • Change the order of the list of menu items. Once again, highlight My Menu Settings and press Set. Then highlight the Sort option and press Set. Highlight a menu item, press Set, and then use the up or down cross keys to move the item up or down in the list. Press Set to glue the menu item in its new position. Press Menu to return to the My Menu Settings screen; press Menu again to return to your custom menu.

  • Delete menu items. Display your menu, highlight My Menu Settings, and press Set. Then, to delete a single item, highlight Delete Item/Items and press Set. Highlight the menu item you want to remove and press Set again. Highlight OK and press Set again to confirm your decision. To remove all items from your custom menu, choose Delete All Items, press Set, highlight OK, and press Set again.