screen elements

The parts that make up a window or dialog box, such as the title bar, the Minimize and Maximize buttons, the window borders, and the scroll bars.

scroll arrow

An arrow on either end of a scroll bar that you use to scroll through the contents of the window or list box. Click the scroll arrow to scroll one screen at a time, or continue pressing the mouse button while pointing at the scroll arrow to scroll continuously.

scroll bar

A bar that appears at the right and/or bottom edge of a window or list box whose contents are not completely visible. Each scroll bar contains two scroll arrows and a scroll box, which enable you to scroll through the contents of the window or list box.

scroll box

In a scroll bar, a small box that shows the position of information currently visible in the window or list box relative to the contents of the entire window.


See Small Computer System Interface.

share name

A name that refers to a shared resource on a server. Each shared directory on a server has a share name, used by users to refer to the directory.

shared directory

A directory that network users can connect to.

short name

A valid 8.3 (up to eight characters followed by a period and a three-character extension) MS-DOS or OS/2 filename. See also long name; name mapping.


To open items by single-clicking them, just as you would click a link on a Web page. To select item without opening it, rest your pointer on it.

shortcut key

A key or key combination, available for some commands, that you can press to carry out a command without first selecting a menu. Shortcut keys are listed to the right of commands on a menu.

context menu

A floating menu that contains a group of commands pertinent to a specific task. A context menu appears when the user right-clicks an object.

Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)

A standard high-speed parallel interface defined by the X3T9.2 committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). A SCSI interface is used for connecting microcomputers to peripheral devices, such as hard disks and printers, and to other computers and local area networks.

status area

The area on the taskbar to the right of the taskbar buttons. The status area displays the time and can also contain icons that provide quick access to programs, such as Volume Control and Power Options.


A directory within a directory. Also called a folder within a folder.