Windows

Windows are the main "canvases" or UI surfaces of your desktop app, including the main windows itself and pop-ups, dialogs, and wizards. Follow these guidelines when deciding which surface to use and how best to use them.

In this section

Topic Description
[Window Management](win-window-mgt.md)
This article covers default placement of windows when initially displayed on the screen, their stacking order relative to other windows ([Z order](glossary.md)), their initial size, and how their display affects input focus.
[Window Frames](win-window-frames.md)
Most programs should use standard window frames. Immersive applications can have a full screen mode that hides the window frame. Consider using glass strategically for a simpler, lighter, more cohesive look.
[Dialog Boxes](win-dialog-box.md)
A dialog box is a secondary window that allows users to perform a command, asks users a question, or provides users with information or progress feedback.
[Common Dialogs](win-common-dlg.md)
The Microsoft Windows common dialogs consist of the Open File, Save File, Open Folder, Find and Replace, Print, Page Setup, Font, and Color dialog boxes.
[Wizards](win-wizards.md)
Despite that wonderful, whimsical name, wizards are not really a special form of user interface, and they have only a particular range of utility.
[Property Windows](win-property-win.md)
Property window is the collective name for the following types of user interfaces (UIs):
  • Property sheet: used to view and change properties for an object or collection of objects in a dialog box.
  • Property inspector: used to view and change properties for an object or collection of objects in a pane.
  • Options dialog box: used to view and change options for an application.