Why We Use [X] to Close Windows


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Medium, Lauren Archer explains the history behind using [x] to close windows in our graphical user interfaces. A fascinating look at the evolution, but also peculiar how certain aspects -- the concept of the window itself, for example -- has actually not changed that much for decades.

Clicking on [x] to close a feature has become an instinctual part of using a computer and a standard in web and software design. Although it may seem like the ubiquitous [x] has always been a part of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), a quick jaunt through the history of GUIs reveals that this actually isn’t the case.

So where and when did the [x] first enter into the UI lexicon?



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