Basic Elements of Windows XP

Basic Elements of Windows XP

  • Desktop – is the entire screen on Windows XP. It is called a desktop because it looks and functions very much like a neat desk or working table. This is where one can work on different programs such as Calculator, Paint, WordPad, and more. One can even arrange these in a particular way or put them aside when not in use.
  • Icons – are small pictures found on the desktop. These are symbols representing programs, applications or files. Each icon is a shortcut to an item, file or program inside the computer.

Common Icons Found on the Desktop

  1. My Computer – this gives access to anything saved in the computer like hard drives, floppy drives, CD – ROM Drives, files, programs and documents.
  2. Recycle Bin – this is a temporary storage place for deleted or erased files. It can also be used for revering accidentally deleted files.
  3. My Network Places – this provides access to network resources if the PC is connected to a network. These network resources include drives and printers shared by other computers in network. One can also play a game with others if the computers are connected to each other.
  4. Internet Explorer – it is used to surf in the Internet. If the computer is connected in the Internet, this is used to go and navigate with various websites.
  • Start Button – it is a button found on the lower left part of the desktop. It is used to start a program or open a document.
  • Taskbar – it is a rectangular bar found at the lower part of the desktop. It contains the Start button and indicates what programs or documents are currently open.
  • Quick Launch Bar – this provides an easy way to launch a program with just one click. Sometimes this is hidden, to display it, right click on the task bar and choose Toolbars, then click on Quick Launch.
  • System Tray – in the system tray, one can find icons belonging to some of the programs that are currently running. It also hides/unhides used icons.
  • Wallpaper – this is the background design of the desktop. One can customize the wallpaper according to his/her preferences.

How exit Windows XP

One has to exit Windows XP to prevent the computer from malfunctioning. Here are the steps to exit from Windows XP properly.

  1. Click on the Start button
  2. From the start menu, click on Turn Off Computer.
  3. Choose the “Turn Off’ option.
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