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window shopping

(jargon)
A term used among users of WIMP environments like the X Window System or the Macintosh at the US Geological Survey for extended experimentation with new window colours, fonts, and icon shapes. This activity can take up hours of what might otherwise have been productive working time. "I spent the afternoon window shopping until I found the coolest shade of green for my active window borders --- now they perfectly match my medium slate blue background." Serious window shoppers will spend their days with bitmap editors, creating new and different icons and background patterns for all to see. Also: "window dressing", the act of applying new fonts, colours, etc.

See fritterware, compare macdink.
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The caption to today's photograph read: Window shopping in the Central Arcade, Newcastle .
HAVING had to work last Bank Holiday Monday, I decided to take a stroll into town during my lunchhour to do some window shopping.
The presenter does a little window shopping to review the latest and greatest television-set deals on offer in Britain's High streets.
He said: "More and more people are turning to the internet either to buy presents, or to do a little window shopping.
net browser is designed to mimic a shopping mall or town center in order to leverage one of the most fundamental human behaviors: window shopping.
Hemmed in on all sides by low-rise buildings, the forecourt provides a breathing space for meeting, socializing and window shopping.
A MOTHER of five who stole a wig and three pairs of boxer shorts while out window shopping told magistrates she did not mean to steal them.
After window shopping in Sudbury early the summer, space officials came away impressed with Inco's teledrilling work and offered Baiden a position on a special review committee should they opt to drill for core samples on the red planet.
We're not sure if United Auto's window shopping extended to the similarly sized and equally vacant Home Quarters at 3500 Landers Road in North Little Rock.
ICL stresses that the fridge not will not support web-based window shopping, and users will only be allowed to buy from the sites of yet-to-be-announced retailers who are in three-way partnerships with the makers.