A window is a graphical control element. it consists of a visual area containing some of the graphical user interface of the program it belongs to and is framed by a window decoration. it usually has a rectangular shape that can overlap with the area of other windows. it displays the output of and may allow input to one or more processes. windows are primarily associated with graphical displays, where they can be manipulated with a pointer by employing some kind of pointing device. a graphical user interface (gui) using windows as one of its main "metaphors" is called a windowing system, whose main components are the display server and the window manager.