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Last modified: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 

Refers to objects currently being displayed or used. For example, in graphical user interfaces, the active window is the window currently receiving mouse and keyboard input. In spreadsheet applications, the active cell is the cell, usually highlighted, in which data can be entered or modified. The active program is the program currently running. When you enter a command, it usually applies only to the active elements.

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