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What is a Dialog Box?

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Insert Audio dialog box

Insert Audio dialog box

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Definition:

A dialog box is the name of the small window that opens on the computer screen when you choose an option that requires further user input. The term dialog box is used because the user must share a 'dialog' with the computer in order to choose the necessary options.

Examples:

When you want to add music to a PowerPoint presentation, you would click on Insert >Audio from File... on the ribbon. Since the program does not know which piece of music you wish to add to your presentation, this requires your input, and therefore, a dialog box opens.

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