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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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 The font is now used for buttons all over the OS in notifications and dialog boxes. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with Android P—Is this the beginning of a new design language?," 9 Mar. 2018 Flutter will change the scrolling behavior, buttons, sliders, dialog boxes, loading spinners, switches, tab bars, and more. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google starts a push for cross-platform app development with Flutter SDK," 27 Feb. 2018 After using Windows 8 and 10 devices for so long, touching the screen to scroll and tap dialog box buttons has become second nature. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "I’ve fallen in love with a laptop—the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga," 9 Sep. 2017

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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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