A Typical Window in Windows Vista

By Andy Rathbone

In a typical Windows Vista window, you can find the address bar, the title bar, and scroll bars, among other things. A typical window in Windows Vista is shown in the following figure.

View the different part of a window in Vista.
View the different part of a window in Vista.

You might recognize this window as your Documents folder, that storage tank for most of your work.

Just as boxers grimace differently depending on where they’ve been punched, windows behave differently depending on where they’ve been clicked. The following points describe some features of Windows windows:

  • Windows XP veterans remember their My Documents folder, that stash for all their files. Vista drops the word My to create the Documents folder. (You’re still supposed to stash your files inside it.)

  • Windows Vista is full of little weird-shaped buttons, borders, and boxes. You don’t need to remember all their names, although it would give you a leg up on figuring out Windows’ scholarly Help menus.

  • You can deal with most things in windows by simply clicking, double-clicking, or right-clicking. (Note: When in doubt, always right-click.)

  • After you click a few windows a few times, you realize how easy it is to boss them around. The hard part is finding the right controls for the first time, like figuring out the buttons on that new cell phone.