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  • FOLDER: A named storage area in which documents, program files, and other files are stored on your computer disks. Folders can help you organize your documents by grouping them into categories. 1. My Computer shows your computer's contents and manages your files. 2. Recycle Bin temporary storage for your deleted files. Gives opportunity to change your mind. 3. Wallpaper changes the appearance of your desktop 4. Icons visual depiction of programs or applications that can be directly opened from the desktop. 5. Start Button gives you access to all of your computer programs. 6. Program button shows a minimized program that is currently running and can be restored to a full window by clicking on it. 7. Task Bar keeps track of all open programs or folders and allows for placing Icons or shortcuts on it. 8. System Tray holds icons of programs available for quick start as well at the date and time. Resting your cursor on the time for a few seconds will display the date.
  • Part 2 desktop and start menu

    1. 1. Learning Computer Basics in a Step by Step practices Presentation By: Vijay Kumar Ratre Mumbai-49 Contact:
    2. 2. PART 2: ObjectivesAfter this lesson you will be familiar with: A. The Desktop and Icons B. The Start Menu C. Opening and Closing Programs
    3. 3. PART 2: The DesktopThe Desktop is the firstscreen after Windows starts.It is similar to a real desktop The visual layout of aa The visual layout ofin an office. For example: desktop with icons or desktop with icons or other pictures for other pictures forOn a real desktop, you put your accessing programs is accessing programs is referred to as aadocuments, common files, and referred to as Graphical User Graphical Userother tools (calculator etc.) in Interface or GUI Interface or GUI (“gooey”).places where you can easily (“gooey”).access them. andOn the Windows Desktop youcan put programs (or shortcuts),files and other tools that helpyou easily get to the things youneed to get your “virtual” workdone.
    4. 4. PART 2: Exploring the Desktop Icons Icons Often, an icon gives you a Often, an icon gives you a clue about the program. clue about the program. System Tray System This contains programs that This contains programs that typically run in the background typically run in the backgroundFile Folder IconsFile Icons as you work in Windows. as you work in Try double-clicking on the Try double-clicking on the time. What happens? time. What happens? Task Bar Task Bar This is the entire gray line This is the entire gray line Program Button Program Button
    5. 5. PART 2: Desktop Definitions The little pictures that you see are called icons. Each represents a Icons function, program or document on your computer. Double-click to open an icon. The long gray strip at the bottom of the screen. It allows you to quickly Task Bar switch between any programs that you have running. The Taskbar has three sections: Start button, Quick Launch Bar and System Tray. This provides a quick way to start programs you use frequently. By Quick default it includes icons for your Web browser, e-mail program and MSLaunch Bar Office applications etc. The Bar also contains a special Show Desktop icon. Clicking on this icon quickly hides all open windows so you see a clear view of your Desktop. This contains icons for handy little programs which run while your System computer is on. On the far right it displays the time. It may contain Tray anti-virus software, media player etc. You can discover an icon’s purpose by holding the mouse pointer on top of it; after a few seconds, a tooltip will pop up.
    6. 6. PART 2: More about the DesktopMy Computer IconMy Computer IconMy Documents IconMy Documents Recycle Bin Icon Recycle Bin Icon Start Button Start Button Computer C.O.R.E Introduction to Windows 98
    7. 7. PART 2: More Desktop Definitions The wastepaper bin of the computer where you can dump unwanted Recycle documents and programs by dragging and dropping them with the Bin mouse or by selecting them and then pressing the Delete key. If you accidentally delete a file from the hard drive, you can ‘undelete’ it. My My Computer stores information about the computer system. It contains icons which give you access to disk drives and to the Control Computer Panel, where you can adjust system settings. The icon that looks like a folder bulging with documents provides My central storage for all the documents you create or store on yourDocuments computer. Think of it as a huge filing cabinet, which you can fill with documents neatly sorted into their own folders for easy retrieval. This provides access to all programs and Windows settings. It includesStart Menu a Help guide, a Find (search) facility for locating documents and other items on your computer or on the Internet, and several other options. Some start menu items have a small black arrow to the right of their name. Selecting these will display a sub-menu. Selecting any item without an arrow beside it will activate that item.
    8. 8. PART 2: The Start Menu Sub Menus Sub Menus The little arrow on a The little arrow on a Most programs can be Most programs can be menu indicates a ‘sub- menu indicates a ‘sub- accessed from the Start menu’. menu’. accessed from the Start Menu. Menu. The Start Menu pops up The Start Menu pops up when you click on the Start when you click on the Start Button. Button. When software is installed When software is installed on your computer it on your computer it automatically forms a link in automatically forms a link in the Start Menu. You can the Start Menu. You can access software programs access software programs from the Programs sub- What does this tell you? What does this tell you? from the Programs sub- menu in the Start Menu. Click on it and see what menu in the Start Menu. Click on it and see what happens. happens.Start ButtonStart Button Start Menu Start Menu
    9. 9. PART 2: Sub-Menus The Start Menu contains sub-menus or pop-out menus that have descriptive names to help you locate the file or program you need -- for example:Programs Displays a list of programs you can startDocuments Displays the files you have created and opened recently. Settings Displays system components you can change to customize Windows 98 Find A search tool to help you find files or folders on your computer. A comprehensive resource that explains how Help things work and offers step-by-step instructionsShut Down Shuts down or Restarts the computer
    10. 10. PART 2: Opening FilesThree several ways to ‘open’ a file or ‘launch’ anapplication in Windows. When you open a file,Windows will automatically start the ‘application’that it needs to display the file properly. When youstart an application, you can then open differentfiles from inside it. 1. Double-click an icon with mouse (the easiest and most common way). 2. Highlight the icon and hit “Enter.” 3. Right click and select “Open” to start the program.