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Windows XP in a Nutshell, Second Edition by Troy Mott, Tim O'Reilly, David A. Karp

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Chapter 3. The User Interface

One of the responsibilities of a graphical operating system like Windows XP is to provide a common set of interface controls not only for itself, but for all the applications that run on it. This chapter provides an alphabetical reference to the elements of the Windows XP user interface, how they’re used, and what tricks can be performed with them. Also included are some of the building blocks of the Windows XP shell (commonly known as Explorer), such as the Desktop and the various toolbars. Chapter 4 provides a similar alphabetical reference to the individual programs and utilities that make up Windows, whether they are accessible through the graphical user interface or the command line. The alphabetical reference entries in this chapter are as follows:.

Address Bar

Labels

Shortcuts

Buttons

Listboxes

Shut Down

Checkboxes

Log Off

Start Menu

Clipboard

Menus

Status Bar

Combo Boxes

My Computer

System Tray

Context Menus

My Network Places

Tabbed Dialogs

Control Menus

Notification Area

Taskbar

Desktop

Progress Indicators

Text Boxes

Details

Properties

Title Bars

Dialog Boxes

Radio Buttons

Toolbars

Drop-Down Listboxes

Recycle Bin

Tray

File Open/Save Dialogs

Run

Trees

Icons

Scroll Bars

Turn Off Computer

Input Fields

Send To

Windows

In addition to imposing a certain level of user interface consistency, these common elements allow programmers to quickly piece together the interfaces for their applications with a “toolbox” ...

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