Working with Windows

The Mac OS uses windows to let you look at an item's contents, whether that item is a folder, a volume, or even a file. Windows frame the contents of a folder or file, and controls nestled in that frame let you manipulate a window by changing its size, closing it, or moving its contents around to view whatever you like.

Anatomy of a Window in Mac OS 9 and Earlier

Although the Mac OS 9 window has been around in various forms for a long time, it hasn't changed a lot over the years. You'll find certain elements in every Finder window you open (Figure 1.18):

Figure 1.18. Mac OS 9 Finder windows offer a view on what's inside hard drives, folders, and files. Each window has several controls.
Close box.

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