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dialog box

A movable window that is displayed on screen in response to the user selecting a menu option. It provides the current status and available options for a particular feature in the program. Dialog boxes are typically small, but depending on the amount of information that must be conveyed, they can sometimes be large. See splash screen and window.

Sample Dialog Box
This is the font dialog box that is displayed in Microsoft Word by selecting Font from the Format menu.

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