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The Desktop

The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your computer and log on to Windows.

Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open programs or folders, they appear on the desktop.

The desktop is sometimes defined more broadly to include the taskbar and Windows Sidebar.

The taskbar sits at the bottom of your screen. It shows you which programs are running and allows you to switch between them. It also contains the Start button , which you can use to access programs, folders, and computer settings. On the side of the screen, Sidebar contains small programs called gadgets.

Working with desktop icons :

Icons are small pictures that represent files, folders, programs, and other items.

Double-clicking a desktop icon starts or opens the item it represents. For example, double-clicking the Internet Explorer icon starts Internet Explorer.

The Recycle Bin :

When you delete a file or folder, it doesn't actually get deleted right away—it goes to the Recycle Bin. That's a good thing, because if you ever change your mind and decide you need a deleted file, you can get it back.

Toolbar :

  • displays icon menu of main options

Status bar :

  • shows current status of the window (Microsoft)

Shortcuts & Aliases :
  • can be created anywhere that is convenient to access a program, file or folder

  • select item and choose Create Shortcut or Make Alias then drag or move it to where it is needed

  • use the right mouse button to drag the item to the target and choose Create Shortcut Here from the menu that appears (Microsoft)

  • when you delete a Shortcut or Alias the original application and its icon remain intact.

    Favorites :

    • collection of short cuts to documents, programs and websites.

    Programs & Features :
    • Long file names - document names can now use names up to 255 characters including spaces using any character except \ / : * ? " < > | 

    • Plug and Play - many hardware devices like CDs, tape drives, upgrade cards, etc... will automatically be detect and can be automatically install on the system 

    • 32 bit Preemptive Multitasking - allows users to leave a task running while working on another 

    • Right Mouse button - used to display event specific or context sensitive menus (Microsoft)

    • Drag and Drop feature allows files or other information to be dragged from one area and dropped in a new location or into an other application

    • Active Windows - make your Desktop behave like a web site (Microsoft)

    • Software Update - automates updating software through the Internet 

    • System Information or Profile - provides information about the computer system.

    Last updated on: 02/10/2019


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