Window

Updated: 08/31/2020 by Computer Hope

A window may refer to any of the following:

1. A rectangular 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 what a window may look like in Microsoft Windows, and each of its major features known as the window elements.

Microsoft Windows window

Tip

If a window is not fullscreen (maximized), it's considered to be in window mode. In this mode, the window can be moved around the screen.

Basic features of the title bar

As illustrated in the above picture, the title bar has a minimize, maximize, and close button. In the top-left corner of a Microsoft Windows window is an icon to access the window menu.

Window menu
Tip

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 using a mouse.

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

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