dialog box


Definition of dialog box

: a window (see window sense 10) on a computer screen for choosing options or inputting information

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Chrome will now automatically exit full-screen mode when dialog boxes for things like authentication prompts, payments, or file pickers pop up, so users will have better context for decisions when filling those prompts out. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Google adds fingerprint support to Chrome on Android and Mac in latest beta," 14 Sep. 2018 The company says the cookie dialog box blocker will come to the rest of the Opera portfolio soon. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Opera will block those annoying cookie dialog boxes on its Android app," 6 Nov. 2018 Russell Brandom breaks down the relevant documents here: Initially, the feature was intended to require users to opt in, typically through an in-app pop-up dialog box. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 Now, just turning off the dialog box won’t block the cookies. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Opera will block those annoying cookie dialog boxes on its Android app," 6 Nov. 2018 Much scorn was heaped upon the Windows 3.1-era dialog box shown above; that stuck around—looking increasingly out of place—until Windows Vista. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The Windows 10 control panel modernization continues: Fonts get some love," 16 Jan. 2018 This post was updated to add details in the sixth, seventh, and eighth paragraphs about the effect the new technique has on non-Chrome browsers and the ineffectiveness of the dialog box triggered by Chrome. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Tech-support scammers have a new trick to send Chrome users into a panic," 6 Feb. 2018 There's an all-new notification panel and quick settings, a new main settings screen, and lots of redesigned system UI components like the volume interface, text selection, animations, and dialog boxes. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google I/O 2018 preview—What we’re expecting from Google’s big show," 30 Apr. 2018 The Dementia-Friendly Home This app uses illustrations and dialog boxes to show caregivers how to make a home more safe and more friendly for someone afflicted with dementia. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "5 apps that caregivers need to know about," 24 Apr. 2018

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dialog box

computers : a box that appears on a computer screen with a question inside asking the user to make a choice or give information

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