Graphic User Interface (GUI-pronouced "gooey")
A computer application that uses pictures, graphics, menus and commands to help user communicate with their computer.
The entire screen area that displays windows and icons.
Labeled pictures along the left side of the screen which provides easy access to various aspects of Windows and applications
Displays the applications and documents that you are currently using
Moves on your screen when you move the mouse on your desk or touchpad
Move the mouse so that its on-screen ponter is positioned over the specified object and held in place for a few moments.
To press and release the left mouse down
Point at the object and click the left mouse button twice in succession
Point at the object, press (but not release) the left mouse button, move the mouse pointer to a new location and then release the mouse
Release the mouse button to place the object in a new position
Located in the lower left corner of the screen, it provides access to all the applications (programs) installed on your computer
Boxed-in area on the monitor
Displays the name of the window or the document in the window
Displays a list of the menus from which you can choose
Accesses a menu that enables you to choose commands to control the window, including changing the window size, closing a window, and switching to a different window
Indicates that this item or characteristics is currently in effect
Means this option is in effect, but also indicates that the rest of a group of related items are not in effect
Indicates that a sub-menu of additional options will appear if you "point at" this item
A dialog box appears requesting additional information
Dimmmed or faded out option
Indicated that these options are temporarily not available.
Keystrokes (such as Ctrl-A)
Appears next to several menu items indicating the shortcut keys that provide a quick way of choosing that corresponding menu option with displaying the menu itself
Increases the size of the window
Returns the window to its original size
Keeps the contents of the window in RAM and reduces the window to a button on the taskbar
Removes the contents of the window fromthe computer's internal memory (RAM)
Moving a window
Drag its title bar to the new location.
Resizing a window
Drag its border or corner to a new position
Appears when a window is not large enough to view all its contents at once and will allow you to move through the contents without increasing the size of the window
A special type of window that presents groups of related options from which you can make selections.
Represented by large labeled rectangles. When you click on a command button, it initiates an action
Instructions that tell the computer how to operate and what to do when you choose a command (software)
A small graphic (picture) that represents an application or program