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Definition: WYSIWYG


(What You See Is What You Get) Pronounced "wiz-ee-wig." WYSIWYG refers to displaying text and graphics on screen the same as they print on paper. The term was popular in the days before graphical user interfaces (GUIs) were the norm, and everything on screen was character based. As systems changed from text to graphics, WYSIWYG became the norm. However, there may always be discrepancies between what appears on screen and what is printed because monitors typically have much lower resolution than printers. See live preview and screen capture.