Main Components of the Interface

A Graphical User Interface (GUI) is made up of four main parts – Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointer. This is sometimes referred to as WIMP system.

Picture Description
 Window Windows – A productivity program will be displayed in its own window along with common window controls such as minimise, maximise and exit.
 Icon Icons – These are small pictures that you can click on in order to work with, such as programs and data. The pictures usually give you an idea what will  happen when you click on the icon, for example, the icon with the pencil and paper could start a word processor program
 Menu Menus – Menus can be Pull Down and Pop Up menus. There are additional commands that may appear when you click on a menu item with your mouse or use a touchpad control that is commonly found on laptops.
 Pointing Device Pointing device – An input device such as a mouse or a touchpad is used to control and move a pointer so that the user can select whatever functions they require.

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