A graphical representation of an element in Windows, such as a disk drive, directory, group, application, or document. You can enlarge an application icon to a window when you want to use the application by clicking on the icon. Within application, there are also toolbar icon for commands such as cut, copy, paste etc.


See integrated device electronics.

inactive panel

A panel in which a user's input is not currently being directed. An inactive panel is distinguished by the color of its directory line. Compare active panel.

integrated device electronics (IDE)

A type of disk-drive interface in which the controller electronics reside on the drive itself, eliminating the need for a separate adapter card. IDE offers advantages such as look-ahead caching to increase overall performance.