ALERT

[WEBINAR] See the Whole Story: The Case for a Visualization Platform

Widget

Definition - What does Widget mean?

Widget is a broad term that can refer to either any GUI (graphical user interface) element or a tiny application that can display information and/or interact with the user. A widget can be as rudimentary as a button, scroll bar, label, dialog box or check box; or it can be something slightly more sophisticated like a search box, tiny map, clock, visitor counter or unit converter.

Techopedia explains Widget

The term widget is understood to include both the graphical portion, with which the user interacts, and the code responsible for the widget’s functionality.

In the field of computing, the term widget first became popular when operating systems started supporting GUIs. It was used to refer to each element that would make up an application’s GUI. A button, scroll bar, label, check box, panel or option button were all known as widgets. In Visual Basic, they were also known as controls.

Today, the term widget is more often used of any small application placed in the sidebar of blogs or websites. They are typically installed by simply copying and pasting a small piece of code from the widget provider’s site to your own site.

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
Tweat cdn.techopedia.com
"Techopedia" on Twitter


'@Techopedia'
Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Resources
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud:
The Path to Hybrid Cloud: Intelligent Bursting To Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.