The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is made up of four main parts – Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointer. This is sometimes referred to as WIMP system.
|Windows – A productivity program will be displayed in its own window along with common window controls such as minimise, maximise and exit.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Pointer – 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.|
Many productivity programs have common menu features, such as File, View and Help as well as many others that will appear when the main heading is clicked. That is, if you click on File you will see a list of additional commands, such as save.