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Chapter 4. Getting Around Windows XP > Discovering the Desktop

Discovering the Desktop

In Chapter 3, you got your first look at Windows XP when you turned on your computer for the first time. After the few moments it takes your computer to start up (also called booting), you'll see the Windows XP desktop. The desktop serves the purpose of keeping the things you need to work on close at hand, just like your desktop at home. However, instead of books and pens and paper clips, what's on your Windows desktop is software, computer files, and menus of commands (see Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1. The Windows XP desktop contains icons that represent shortcuts to software programs, as well as the Start menu.



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