Navigating Windows

It took some time but we’re finally at the point of using the computer in ways you’re more used to.

Lets start by covering the “desktop”. Side note: I think desktop was a poor choice in words for whoever came up with that since desktop can also mean a computer that’s stationary sitting on a desk.

1: This is called the “Task Bar”. Here you will see open programs. In Windows 7 they also added the feature to drag program links to the task bar for quick activating. Also in windows 7 came stacking multiple documents from the same program on the task bar. Example is if your working on 4 notepad documents, instead of lining 4 documents horizontally on the task bar, they’re stacked on top of each other, hovering of them shows previews of the 4 without having to open any specific one. Right clicking on the programs on the task bar brings up extra options. Your also able to “pin” to the task bar any program you want, allowing fast access without cluttering up the desktop or navigating the start menu.

2: This is the start menu, here you will beable to navigate options, files & folders, and programs that are installed in windows.

3: This is the recycling bin, here is where all the files you think you deleted will end up. By right clicking on the recycling bin you are given the choice the to empty it and mark those files to be overwritten. This is because Windows or any operating system for that matter doesn’t actually wipe the file off the hdd, it simply marks it be overwritten by future files. So that file you made with your credit card information? Ya it’s still on the hdd and is easy to retrieve if it hasn’t been overwritten yet.

4: This is the system tray. Here you will find quick access to some options like network connection, sound, time & date. It will also harbour some alerts or some running processes like your anti virus program, or windows updates.

5:This is little up arrow is part of the system tray. With the idea to save space you will click this to expand any other system tray objects, instead of having them spill over onto the task bar.

6: This is a highly overlooked button. This will allow you to quickly hide all open windows. This will come in handy if you have a lot of windows open and you want to see or use your desktop quickly.

Ok lets move on to the start menu now.


The search bar
At the bottom you have the handy search bar. Here you can type in the name of a file, folder, or program and it will automatically show you results it deems are best. If you hit enter after typing in your search, a search window will popup showing more thorough results based on the keyword you inputed.

Left Pane
Here will reside what windows deems your most used programs and recently used programs. At the top, program shortcuts can be pinned for easy access, much like you can on the task bar.

Programs bar
Clicking on the programs bar opens up the list of shortcuts to programs that are installed in windows.

Shutdown bar
Clicking here will show you multiple options on shutting down windows, including shutdown, restart, suspend and hibernate.


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