Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Windows XP Chapter 1 Introduction to Microsoft Windows XP
Click the Next button
to log on to the
computer and display
the Windows XP
desktop (Figure 1–6).
What if my computer
displays a different
desktop design?
Windows XP offers
many standard
desktop designs, so any
design is fi ne. The
background design
shown in Figure 1–6
is called Bliss.
Recycle Bin contains
deleted items and
mouse pointer allows you
to point to objects on the
desktop - it can change shape
based on where it points
Start button allows
you to start a
program quickly,
fi nd or open a
document, change
the computer’s
settings, obtain
Help, and shut down
the computer
Can I change the
appearance of the
Yes. You may use a
different desktop
design and icons
on the desktop by
changing the
desktop properties.
taskbar contains
Start button, taskbar
button area, and
notifi cation area
current time is displayed
in notifi cation area
and provides access to
computer programs
taskbar button
area contains no
taskbar buttons
Show hidden
icons button
Figure 1–6
If I log on to the
computer and I leave the computer unattended what will happen?
After ten minutes, the Welcome screen will appear and you will have to log on to the
computer again to gain access to your account.
Notifi cation area shows hidden icons
and current time - your notifi cation
area might show different objects
The Windows XP Desktop
Nearly every item on the Windows XP desktop is considered an object. Even the desktop
itself is an object. Every object has properties, that are unique to that specifi c object and
may affect what can be done to the object or what the object does. For example, a
property of an object may be the color of the object, such as the color of the desktop. You can
change the properties and move objects on the desktop.
To Display the Start Menu
A menu is a list of related commands and each command on a menu performs a specifi c action, such as
searching for fi les or obtaining Help. The Start menu allows you to access objects on the computer and contains
commands that allow you to connect to and browse the Internet, start an e-mail program, start application
programs, store and search for documents, customize the computer, and obtain Help on thousands of topics.
The following steps display the Start menu, display the All Programs submenu, display the Accessories submenu,
and then close the Start menu.
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