Task 11: Using a Dialog Box



To use a list box, scroll through the list and click the item you want to select.


To view a tab, click it.


To use a drop-down list box, click the arrow, and then select the desired item from the list.


To use a spin box, click the arrows to increment or decrement the value, or type a value in the text box. To use a command button other than OK or Cancel, click the button.


When you choose certain commands, a dialog box prompts you for additional information about how to carry out the command. Dialog boxes are used throughout Windows; luckily, all dialog boxes have common elements, and all are treated in a similar way. This task uses various dialog boxes from Windows to illustrate the common elements you can expect to find and how to make selections using the different elements.


Make a Selection

When a dialog box is open, you cannot perform any other action until you accept any changes by clicking the OK button. To close the dialog box without making a selection, click the Cancel button.



Click an option button to activate it.


Click a check box to select it (or deselect it if it is already selected).


Drag a lever to increase or decrease the setting.


Type an entry in a text box.


Option Buttons and Check Boxes

You can choose only one option button within a group of option buttons; choosing a second option deselects the first. However, you can select multiple check boxes within a group of check boxes.


Dialog Boxes Vary

Different dialog boxes will have different options.