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General Information

Windows will automatically start after the computer completes it's startup procedure.  The speed at which this procedure takes is dependent on how many different devices and programs are set to run automatically in your Windows environment.
A typical desktop  

Icons (programs #1 or folders #3) can be set to line up automatically or positioned randomly, as in the following example.

The taskbar (#10) is normally located at the bottom of your screen.  It can be moved to either side or to the top of the screen.  Its primary use is to let you know what programs are currently running.

Click on the corresponding number to get a description of the component's function.  To return to this diagram, click on the back button of your browser's toolbar, or the animated graphic.

The Windows Screen

In this example of a typical desktop, notice there are two programs opened, as indicated by the two rectangular buttons (#9) located to the right of the  button (#8).

The parts of your screen

 1 Program Icon  All programs can be identified by their icon or pictorial representations.  It should be noted, all program icons can be changed to something more to the users liking.
 2 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..  The above example is a windows based program called "MS-Paint"  .
 3 Folder  Folders are similar to a file drawer within a filing cabinet concept. 
  • A drive (i.e. c:\ or a:\) can be considered the file room itself. 

  • In that file room you have a file cabinet that stores information about specific subjects (i.e. c:\my documents). 

  • Within 'my documents' you have two drawers, one that stores the files you have created for your businness needs (i.e. c:\my documents\business).  The other drawer holds your personal information (i.e. c:\my documents\personal)
You can create as many sub-folders and files as are necessary for your own personal needs.  (Click here, for  more information)
 4 Toolbar Toolbars allow a user access to the most common computer 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.  The example used, is again, from the MS-Paint program.
 5 Selected program  Once you have chosen a program (point to and single click the left mouse button) the computer will give you a visual cue, in the examples case the program icon and name have been highlighted.
 6 Color Palette  Another type of toolbar.  As we are using Paint as our example of a program. this toolbar offers the user to change color of their working tool.
 7 Status Bar  Most programs have status bars available to the user.  These bars offers the user information about the program they are working in. 
 8 Start Button  The start and finish to your windows experience.  If you have a program on your computer that has not had a shortcut created on your desktop, you will usually find it on under the programs folder on you Start menu.  When you have ended you windows session, you must return to this button to shut down windows properly.  You should never just turn off the power to windows. (Click here, for more information)
 9 Open program 
A program that has been activated is represented by a button appearing on the task bar.  In the above example there are two programs open.
10 Task bar  This bar is designed to show you what programs are open on the system and to provide easy access to them. (Click here for more information)
11 System Agent  A windows based scheduling program that allows you to set specific times for programs to run.  As an example, you might want be to set the defrag program to run every Friday night at 10:00 pm
12 Anti virus software  Software of this type is placed in the windows startup folders to ensure viruses are detected immediately.
13 Volume control  Designed to adjust the volume control over the entire system or for individual components such as wave files, microphone, cd sounds, etc.
14 Real player  A program designed to start automatically when needed for sound and video files.
15 Date/Time  If you system date or time is in-accurate, double click on this icon to adjust the settings.
16 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. (Click here, for more info on this tool)
17 Desktop  The main part of windows 98.  This space can be customized to suit the individual needs of every user, such as colors, font sizes, background etc.
18 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.
19 Work area  All programs must have areas where we visualize our work.  The area is usually represented using a white background, the user can specify some other color
20 Exit button  When you are finished with a program it should be exited.  All window's based programming uses this design for exiting.  (Click here for more information) 
21 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 (#24) to maximize or restore. (Click here for more information)
22 Minimize  When you need a program out of the way for a few minutes, without actually closing it, this button will place it on the task bar until you need it again. (Click here for more information)
23 Paint Program  An example of an open program. (Click her for more information about Paint)
24 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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