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Window Types for Objects, Properties, and Actions

A window's intended use determines its correct window type. Choosing the correct window type is especially important when displaying objects or properties.

Only two window types are intended for displaying objects and their properties:

  • Primary windows
  • Property windows

You can use an action window to let users perform actions on an object. In addition, you can enable users to perform actions on objects by providing drop-down menus or equivalent controls.

 To represent an object or a set of objects, use a primary window. To represent an object's properties, use a property window. Use these window types only for these purposes.

 When providing a window for performing actions on an object, use an action window. However, do not use an action window to display or set the properties of an object. Use a property window instead.


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