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Windows Explorer

The parts of the Explorer's screen

The Excel Screen

 1 Menu Bar  Most programs have a multitude of tools you can utilize.  The more powerful a program is the more menu options you have to choose from.
 2 Toolbar Toolbars allow a user access to the most common tasks, things like opening or  closing files, copying and pasting text, etc.  They are usually located at the top of a program screen, but can be moved to other locations in a program. 


Address Bar This bar will show your current location.  As you move around the Windows Explorer, this bar will help you identify where you are.
 4 Collapse icon The contents of the My computer program are expanded to show all sub-folders directly below.  If you point and click on the  icon, the list will disappear from view.
 5 Expand icon The contents of the collapsed icon are hidden from view.  If you click on the  icon, the contents of the chosen folder will be revealed directly below it.
 6 Selected Folder Once you have chosen a folder (point to and single click the left mouse button) the right window will list the contents of the folder.  Folders are similar to a file drawer within a filing cabinet concept. 
  • A drive (like C:\) can be considered the file room itself. 
  • In that file room you have a file cabinet that stores information about specific subjects (C:\My Documents). 
  • Within 'My Documents' you have two drawers, one that stores the files you have created for your business needs (C:\My Documents\business).  

    The other drawer holds your personal information (C:\My Documents\personal)
You can create as many sub folders and files as are necessary for your own personal needs. (more information)


Status Bar - 3 parts
  1. The count of objects (files) in the current view.
  2. The total count of bytes used in the selection of selected folder.  It should be noted, the figure does not include the count of files stored in sub folders.
  3. The total amount of available bytes left on the selected drive.


Sizing Window Marker When your window is in a sized view, you can make it bigger or smaller by pointing to this area of the window.



Horizontal Scroll Bar


Scroll bar, designed to automatically appear when the width of the information available is greater then the visible area of the screen. (more information)
10 Vertical Scroll bar  Scroll bar, designed to automatically kick in when the length of information available is greater then the visible area of the screen.
11 Files Files are dated and have an individual size, which is dependent on the complexity of the contents.
12 Folder  The classic visual of a folder, notice there is no information listed for size.  Should you want to know the byte size of a folder, point to it, right mouse button click, then choose Properties.
13 Drop Down List Drop down lists are design to keep track of where you have been.  If you prefer type in the Address field, the field will start to fill in if there is any history available.
14 Toolbar Drop down list When a toolbar is too small to show you all the available buttons, this symbol signifies this.  When you click on it, a drop down list will open and reveal the other choices.
15 Minimize button Choosing this button will remove the current working program from view and place int on the task bar.
Maximize/Restore  This button actually has two visuals, Maximize  and Restore .  The example provided, shows the button in it's maximize state.  If you want your working program to take up the entire screen, click on this button and the goal will be accomplished.  You can also double click on Title bar (#16) to maximize or restore. (more information)
Exit button When you are finished with a program it should be exited.  All window's based programming uses this design for exiting. (more information
16 Title bar  All programs have title bars which just identify the program and shows you the name of the file you are working on.



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