The Desktop

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The Desktop

The image above is known as the Desktop. Some may call it the home screen or main screen, but this is not as common. Similar to a real desktop, you can rearrange items, remove them, or place new items.

What is on the Desktop:

ICONS: In simplest terms, small images that
represent programs, folders, or files.
Internet Explorer icon Shortcut Icon My Computer Icon
TASKBAR: The long bar usually at the bottom
of the screen that contains the Start button,
Quick Launch, the System Tray, and the running
(open) programs or windows so you can switch
between them.
Taskbar
START BUTTON: This button opens up the Start menu with one left-click so you can access programs, folders, files, utilities, and access to the various computer settings.  Start Button
QUICK LAUNCH: Smaller, customizable shortcut icons to the right of the Start button that require only one left-click (as opposed to a swift double left-click).  Quick Launch
SYSTEM TRAY: The area on the right-most part of the Taskbar, it contains small icons that represent utility programs that run in the background (such as your anti-virus program) and also displays the time.  System Tray
DESKTOP BACKGROUND: An image or solid color set behind the icons and taskbar. You can set any picture or color available on your computer.  Windows XP Wallpaper - Sailing on the Blue Sea
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