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
- My Computer – this gives access to anything saved in the computer like hard drives, floppy drives, CD – ROM Drives, files, programs and documents.
- Recycle Bin – this is a temporary storage place for deleted or erased files. It can also be used for revering accidentally deleted files.
- 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.
- 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.
- Click on the Start button
- From the start menu, click on Turn Off Computer.
- Choose the “Turn Off’ option.