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Talkin' Tech: My Desktop

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Windows XP
Windows 7

The Desktop is the full-screen display where Windows activity takes place.  The Windows desktop is similar to your desk.  On your desk, you probably have items that you use daily, your current work, and various tools that you need to work.  Your Windows desktop includes the same items: you have icons for Datatel, Outlook, and other programs you use daily, and the icon for your Recycle Bin, which is much like your trash can       

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MY XP DESKTOP AT CCAC

As you may notice, there are pictures on your desktop called icons. Each icon represents a piece of software, a document or some other application. Icons act as shortcuts to the things that they represent. Therefore, if you click on the Outlook icon , you will open MS Outlook software




The Taskbar contains the Start Button, Quick Launch Bar, System Tray and open windows.  From the taskbar, you can access all Windows features and accessories.

The Start Button gives you quick access to the main software, documents and settings on your computer.  To open it, click the left button of your mouse once on the Start Button.  A menu will pop up that offers several choices.  Follow the choices and click on the selection you want.

These icons are part of your Quick Launch Bar.  Since the icons are located on your taskbar, they are visible with a window open and can be opened by double-clicking.  You can add these buttons for those software programs which you use often, by dragging a desktop icon down to this area of the taskbar.


Indicates a window is opened, but minimized.

The System Tray is on the right side of the taskbar.  The System Tray shows the time and displays small icons for all programs or utilities which are running in the background





MY WINDOWS 7 DESKTOP AT CCAC

As you can see the Windows 7 operating system has similar look to Windows XP. However there are some changes. The desktop still contains icons, the task bar, the start button and the system tray.  The task bar, system tray and the start button have under gone some minor changes. You will also see a dialogue box on your desktop with system information.

The Taskbar contains the Start Button, Quick Launch Bar, System Tray and open windows. From the taskbar, you can access all Windows features and accessories.



The start button is now round with the windows logo

These icons are part of your Quick Launch Bar.  Since the icons are located on your taskbar, they are visible with a window open and can be opened by double-clicking.  You can add other icons for those software programs which you use often, by dragging a desktop icon down to this area of the taskbar.


The System Tray is on the right side of the taskbar.  The System Tray shows the time and displays small icons for all programs or utilities which are running in the background

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