Ko ngā papatono e huaki ana, e kitea ana i te mata o te rorohiko. Ko te papatono e whakamahia ana i te wā tonu, ka kīia ko te matapihi hohe. Ko ngā matapihi e noho ana ki muri, koia ko ngā matapihi tautauā. E taea ana ngā matapihi te whakamōkito kia noho ki muri, te whakamōrahi rānei kia noho ki mua.
The programmes that are open and can be seen on the computer screen. The programme that is currently in use is called the active window. Those that are sitting in the background are called inactive windows. The windows can be minimized to sit in the background, or maximised to sit in the front.