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Consider using system-modal message boxes for critical errors Use system-modal message boxes to notify the user of serious, potentially damaging errors that require immediate attention. A system-modal message box is the same as an application modal message box except that the message box has the WS_EX_TOPMOST style. Unlike in 16-bit Windows, being system modal has no effect on the user's ability to interact with other programs. Error messages • Avoid error numbers Never give error numbers unless the user can actually do something useful with the number.

Also, never use the default Windows icon (the flying window icon) as a window icon. • Make the default configuration very simple Let users grow into a program at their own pace. • Applications should use either a multiple-document interface (MDI) or a single-document interface (SDI) These program interfaces match the usage pattern of applications. • Applications should be maximized by default The user is usually more productive when the full screen is dedicated to an application. • Utilities should use either an SDI or a dialog box interface These program interfaces match the usage pattern of utilities.

Use movable, customizable toolbars for applications, fixed toolbars for utilities Applications need flexible toolbars to support their typical usage pattern. Users typically do not use utilities long enough to need to customize their toolbars. • Provide an option to show or hide the toolbar If there are multiple toolbars, provide options to show or hide them individually. • * Always use tooltips Tooltips help the user understand what the toolbar buttons do. Tooltips • Make your toolbar tooltip text informative, yet brief Avoid stating the obvious.

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