The Desktop

Introduction

The desktop is your workspace on a computer and is always the first thing that you see once you have logged in.

There are several principal components to Windows desktops: The Start menu, the Task bar, and the time, which are all located at the bottom of the screen, and the main workspace, which takes up most of your screen. The workspace is composed of a background, and usually some icons and/or windows.

Topics:

  • windows - what they are, their parts and how to use them
  • the Task bar - what it is and how to use it
  • the Start menu - what it is, what's in it and how to use it
  • the My Computer window - what it is, what's in it and how to use it
  • the Recycle Bin - what it is and how to use it
  • the Date and Time - where they are and how to change them
  • the amount of space on your computer - what it means and how to find it
  • user accounts - types of accounts, logging in with different accounts
  • turning off your computer - different ways of turning off your computer