A CDE Definition
A window displayed by any version of the Windows operating system. This phrase would be used to contrast a window displayed in Windows to one displayed in another operating system such as Mac OS X or Linux. See window.
(1) A time period. For example, a "window of opportunity" implies a favorable time.
(2) Sometimes refers to a reserved area of memory.
(3) A viewing area on screen that contains a surrounding frame (border). It is used to separate parts of an application from each other and to separate one application from another. Mostly rectangular, windows can also be round and multi-sided.
If there is more data than the window can hold at one time, the window contains a scroll bar that allows the user to reach the additional content. Windows were first used in the late 1960s at Stanford Research Laboratories (SRI). See dialog box, scroll bar, splash screen and GUI. See also Windows.
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