Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Session 1
Windows XP desktop
Figure 1
Recycle Bin icon;
yours might appear
in a different
location
pointer
desktop
Date/
Time
control
notification area;
you might see
additional icons
Start button
taskbar
3. Look at your screen and locate the objects labeled in Figure 1. The objects on your screen
might appear larger or smaller than those in Figure 1, depending on your monitor’s set-
tings. Figure 2 describes the function of each of these objects.
Elements of the Windows XP desktop
Figure 2
Element
Description
Icon
A small picture that represents an object available to your computer
Pointer
A small object, such as an arrow, that moves on the screen when you move the mouse
Desktop
Your workplace on the screen
Date/Time control
Shows the current date and time and lets you set the clock
Taskbar
Contains buttons that give you quick access to common tools and the programs
currently running
Start button
Provides access to Windows XP programs, documents, and information on the
Internet
Notification area
Displays icons corresponding to services running in the background, such as an
Internet connection
Trouble? If a blank screen or animated design replaces the Windows XP desktop, your
computer might be set to use a screen saver, a program that causes a monitor to go blank
or to display an animated design after a specified amount of idle time. Press any key to
restore the Windows XP desktop.
 
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