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Microsoft Windows Desktop

Desktop overview: The desktop, which is the screen that you see after you log on to Windows 9x, NT ME & 2000, is one of the most important features on your computer. At the bottom of the desktop is the taskbar & the button, which you will learn is the heart and sole Microsoft Windows.


Shortcuts - The original item exists on the hard disk. Shortcuts on the Start menu provide quick access to your programs and files, and you can organize shortcuts to suit your needs. You can easily add, delete, move, or rename shortcuts on the Start menu and any submenus. You can accomplish most of these tasks directly from the desktop

Frequently used programs - Understanding some of the fundamental skills needed when using programs in Windows 2000 helps you quickly accomplish tasks and improve overall efficiency. As you understand how programs carry out commands and communicate with other programs, you are able to perform several tasks at once and share information between programs.

Printers -A device that puts text or images on paper or other print media. Examples include ink jet and laser printers.

Recycle Bin - The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders in Windows 2000. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows 2000 places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full. Items deleted from a floppy disk or a network drive are permanently deleted and are not sent to the Recycle Bin.

My Computer -My Computer shows you the contents of your floppy disk, hard disk, CD-ROM drive, and network drives.

My Documents -My Documents is a desktop folder that provides you with a convenient place to store documents, graphics, or other files that you want to access quickly. On your desktop, it is represented by an icon of a folder with a sheet of paper in it.

Taskbar -The bar that contains that start button and appears buy default at the bottom of the desktop. You can click the taskbar buttons to switch between programs.

The desktop can also be the home of active content such as a news or travel channel.

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