Graphical user interface


  • Abbreviated GUI (pronounced GOO-ee). A program interface that takes advantage of the computer’s graphics capabilities to make the program easier to use. Well-designed graphical user interfaces can free the user from learning complex command languages. 1
  • Elements include such things as windows, icons, buttons, cursors, and scroll bars. 2
  • Software programs that use special icons and other symbols to assist in performing functions, decrease reliance on keyboard skills, and reduce training time. The two most prominent examples are the Apple interface and Microsoft Windows. Pronounced “gooey.” 3
  • Graphical User Interface, or “gooey”. Presenting an interface to the computer user comprised of pictures and icons, rather than words and numbers. 4
  • A set of screen presentations and metaphors that utilize graphic elements such as icons in an attempt to make an operating system easier to use. 5


  2. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  3. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  4. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
  5. Kroll Ontrack, Glossary of Terms,
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