graphical user interface

plural graphical user interfaces

Definition of graphical user interface

: a user interface that allows a computer user to interact easily with the computer typically by making choices from displayed menus or groups of icons … how quickly the software companies can write new applications, or new versions of old applications, to take advantage of windows, icons, menus and mice, the principal elements of the graphical user interface.— Peter H. Lewis

Examples of graphical user interface in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Xerox PARC introduces the Alto, the first modern personal computer, supporting a graphical user interface. Gil Press, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 For instance, to eliminate a language barrier, a janitorial service provider could build a graphical user interface unique for using images rather than text. Prateek Chakravarty, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Unqork includes a graphical user interface with drag-and-drop components, as well as a library of template applications. Tom Davenport, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Green and amber text monitors gave way to Apple’s and Windows’ graphical user interface, making computers much easier to use. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 Smart passives can also alert IT professionals remotely via SNMP/SNMP-Traps, which can be verified through a web browser’s graphical user interface (GUI). Julie Song, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The Apple Lisa in 1983 presaged the Mac and the whole revolution of the windows-icons-mouse graphical user interface that would dominate computing to come. Jason Torchinsky, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2020 Build 2020 conference, where the company also teased graphical user interface support for the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 17 June 2020 The fact that the Mac had a graphical user interface at all was exciting in its own right. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 15 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of graphical user interface

1981, in the meaning defined above

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