1. A section of the computer's display in a GUI that shows the program currently being used. For example, the browser window that you are using to view this web page is a window. Windows allow a user to work with multiple programs or view multiple programs at once. Almost all windows allow you to minimize and maximize them, allowing you to hide and view a program temporarily. Below is an example of what a window may look like in Microsoft Windows and each of its major functions, also known as the window elements.

Microsoft Windows window

Quick links: Menu bar, Title bar, Toolbar, Minimize, Maximize and Resize, Close, Vertical scroll bar, Status bar, Horizontal scroll bar, Sizing handle

Tip: If a window is not full screen (maximized), it is considered to be in window mode.

Basic features of the title bar

As illustrated in the above picture, the title bar typically has a minimize, maximize, and close button. In the top-left corner of a Microsoft Windows window is typically an icon of the program that can be clicked to also show these options.

Window menuTip: In Microsoft Windows, pressing Alt + spacebar shows you the window menu options as shown in the picture. Using this keyboard shortcut allows you to perform any of the title bar options without having to use a mouse.

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2. When plural, Windows may refer to more than one open window and can also refer to the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Also see: Active window, Cascade, Close, Full-screen, Inactive window, Maximized, MDI, Minimized, Modal window, Motif, Operating system terms, Restore, Title bar, Tiling, Toolbar, Windoid