Window decoration

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For the decoration applied to architectural windows, see Window treatment (disambiguation).

In graphical user interfaces, the window decoration is a part of a window in most windowing systems.

A windows decoration typically consists of a title bar, usually along the top of each window and a minimal border around the other three sides.[1] On Microsoft Windows this is called "nonclient area".[2]

In the predominant layout for modern window decorations, the top bar contains the title of that window and buttons which perform windowing-related actions such as

  • close
  • maximize
  • minimize
  • resize
  • roll-up

The border exists primarily to allow the user to resize the window.

Window decorations are considered important for the design of the look and feel of a desktop environment and some systems allow for customization of the colors, styles and animation effects used.


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