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GUI (Graphical User Interface) - Definition

GUI is an abbreviation for Graphical User Interface. It is a program interface that takes advantage of the graphics capabilities of a computers to make the program easier to use. A GUI allows users to click and drag icons, folders and objects with a mouse instead of entering text at a command line. The concept of the graphical user interface was developed by the Xerox Corporation in the 1970s, was popularized with the Apple Macintosh computers in the 1980s, and is now available on many types of computer systems. Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS, are both GUI-based. Well-designed graphical user interfaces can free the user from learning complex command languages. On the other hand, many users find that they work more effectively with a command-driven interface, especially if they already know the command language.


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