A 15-minute training session is given to each user for both of the interfaces, supplemented with a practice test. In the practice session, users are expected to develop strategies for handling multiple windows in both of the interfaces. Users are also given a 5-minute training session on the information hierarchy used in the experiment.
Training of the Elastic Windows interface begins with the hierarchical coloring scheme, and the elastic nature of windows with the proportional space allocation strategy. It covers open/close, resize, pack/unpack and maximize operations.
Training of the independent windows interface covers a similar set of tasks, including opening a window, iconifying and reopening windows, resizing, and closing windows as well as traversing the information hierarchy using the iconic file manager.