Desktop & Windows handout


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Beginner level handout for windows desktop and operating system. Created by Hibbing Public Library. Updated by Connect Your Community. Published under Creative Commons license.

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Desktop & Windows handout

  1. 1. DeskTop & Windows Desktop - The screen you see when you turn on your computer. You can open a program by using your mouse to double click on an icon on the desktop. When you open a program, it is visible as a window or rectangular area on the computer screen. Key Elements of the Desktop Icons - Small pictures that represent files, folders, programs, and other items. Task Bar - Area of the desktop that contains the Start button and buttons for all open programs. The taskbar is located at the bottom of the desktop. Start Button - Opens up the Start menu which is the main gateway to your computer's programs, folders, and settings. It's called a menu because it provides a list of choices. Use the Start menu to: start programs, open commonly used folders, adjust computer settings, get help, and most importantly turn off the computer. Quick Launch Toolbar - An area of the taskbar that contains shortcuts to frequently- used programs which lets you start programs with one click. Notification Area – The area on the rights side of the Windows taskbar containing shortcuts to programs (including a clock) and icons that communicate the status of certain programs and computer settings.
  2. 2. Window - A rectangular area on the screen that displays information. A window can be opened by double clicking a program icon on the desktop, using the Start menu or it could pop-up automatically. Key Elements of a Window 2. Menu Bar 3. Minimize, 1. Title bar Maximize, & Close 4. Scroll bar 5. Borders & Corners 1. Title Bar- Displays the name of the document and program (or the folder name if you're working in a folder). 2. Menu Bar- Contains items that you can click to make choices in a program. 3. Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons - These buttons hide the window, enlarge it to fill the whole screen, and close it. 4. Scroll Bar - Lets you scroll the contents of the window to see information that is currently out of view. 5. Borders & Corners - You can drag these with your mouse pointer to change the size of the window. 05-09/AMS Updated by Connect Your Community August 2010 2