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dialog box

a type of window other than the main document window, commonly used to specify options or properties, and typically only visible temporarily.

  • “modal dialog boxes” are ones that prevent the user from doing anything else until the dialog box is dismissed.
  • “modeless dialog boxes” allow access to other windows and applications while the dialog is displayed.
  • “alerts” are modal dialog boxes which caution the user or display error messages.