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Desktop

The Windows desktop was designed to have the look and feel of the Windows 95 desktop. Many of the same shortcuts and features are common to both operating systems. There are, however, some important differences.

Taskbar

The gray area at the bottom of the screen is called the taskbar. The taskbar contains the Start button on the left and a clock on the right. You may also see other icons on the taskbar, depending on your system's software and hardware features. Each time you open a program, a button for that program appears on the taskbar. You can click the buttons to toggle between open programs

Start Button

The Start button provides access to the contents of your computer. When you click on the desktop, a menu containing the system's main program icons and program group icons appears.

Menu items and their functions are described below.

Programs displays a list of installed programs you can start.
Favorites displays a list of favorite Web content and sites.
Documents displays a list of most-recently opened documents.
Settings displays a list of user-configurable system components, including the Control Panel.
Find displays a menu to help you find files, folders, or computers to which you are connected.
Help opens the Windows Help window that provides instructions for using the Windows operating system.
Run displays a window for starting a program or file with an MS-DOS® command.
Log Off logs off the current user so that a new user can log onto the system.
Shut Down displays a window with options for shutting down, suspending, restarting, or logging off the computer system.

My Computer

When you double-click , a window appears with icons that represent the contents of your computer (installed drives, the Control Panel, printers, and so on).

To view the contents of any drive or folder, double-click its icon. If you are using the Microsoft® Windows 98 operating system, your hard-disk drive has the drive letter C assigned.
If you are using the Microsoft Windows NT® operating system, your drive is partitioned into two logical drives. Each logical drive partition appears as a separate drive letter (C and D).

Recycle Bin

When you delete a file from your system, it moves to the Recycle Bin, where it can later be retrieved. To permanently remove files, empty the Recycle Bin.

Internet Explorer

When you double-click , Windows launches the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser if you set up your connection during initial system setup.
If you previously chose not to complete Internet setup, double-clicking this icon launches the Internet Connection Wizard, which prompts you to set up the software to work with your modem or network. You can also set up connections for an ISP.