Making the Windows GUI Work for You Who Invented the Desktop? Navigating the Windows GUI Configuring & Customizing the Windows Desktop Managing Files in Windows Launching Programs in Windows Selecting a Strategy for Leaving the Desktop Troubleshooting Common Desktop Problems Chapter 6
A workgroup is a grouping of computers on a network for the sake of sharing printers and folders.
A Microsoft Windows domain has a centralized security accounts database, maintained on one or more special servers called domain controllers. This database contains accounts for users, groups, and computers in the domain and can be used to authenticate a user for access to any domain resource.
Personal folders are a subset of special folders that Windows creates to hold files and folders for each user. Included are files containing desktop configuration and preference information, each user’s own data files. Shortcuts to some personal folders are on the Start menu.
Personal Folders include Start Menu, My Documents, Favorites, Desktop, and many others.
If Active Desktop is enabled, choose between the classic Windows desktop and Web view. In classic Windows desktop, double-click to open an object; in Web view, objects on the desktop behave like links in a web page that can be open- ed with a single click.
Shortcuts added to the Quick Launch area of the taskbar are launched with a single click.
A file is information organized as a unit, and the author of a file determines how much information is stored in a file.
Files allow you to put information into manageable chunks.
A special type of file acts as a container for files, called a folder in Windows, but previously called a directory in MS-DOS. You can create folders in a hierarchy, enhancing the organization of your files.
File management in the Windows GUI is easier and safer than in DOS because you don’t have to memorize commands that use cryptic syntax; you don’t have to feel like you are taking a typing test every time you want to create, copy, move, or delete a file or folder; and because you can see exactly what files and folders you have selected for a file management operation.
Two important file types are program files and data files. Program files (also called binary files) contain programming code, and data files contain the data you create and work with in your applica- tion programs.
It is best not to attempt to manage program files, especially those the operating system requires, called system files. Leave them in the folders in which the operating system or installation pro- grams place them.
The Find/Search option has been improved with each version of Windows. In Windows NT, you can search for files, folders, and com- puters, but in Windows XP, you can search for almost anything in the world that is searchable over the Internet.
Users can manage files and folders in My Computer and Windows Explorer and from the command prompt. The last is not recommended.
Using the file extensions of data files, Windows associates the files with applications that can create and read that file type. When you click on a file that has an extension for which Windows has an association, Windows will start the associated program and load the file as data for the program.