The Desktop

Learn how to use the Windows 98 desktop in this free lesson.

Dialog box controls

Dialog boxes feature button, boxes, tabs, and sliders to help you control how your computer looks and works. You should become familiar with the various dialog box controls.

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OK button

This tells the computer to carry out an action. Click on this button to execute a command.

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Option button example

This button, which looks like a circle, appears when you have a list of choices. Click inside the circle to select only one option.

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Check box example

These appear when a list of options is available. Click inside the boxes to select one or more options.

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Text box example

This provides space for you to type information. For example, when you name a file you type in a text box.

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Spin box example

This sets a value, such as the number of copies to print. A spin box is a text box next to an up arrow and a down arrow. The text box contains a number. Click the up or down arrow to increase or decrease the number.

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List box example

This is a white space that contains a list of options. Click on an option to select it.

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Drop down list box

This shows only one option at a time (the option that is selected), and there is an arrow at the end of the box. Click the arrow to see the entire list of options.

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These resemble file folder tabs. When you click on a tab, a page of information appears.

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Slider example

This looks like a sliding volume control on a radio. It lets you set a value within a range of values, such as from slow to fast. To move a slider, place the mouse pointer on the slider, hold down the left mouse button, and drag it.