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Chapter 2. Working at Your Desktop

By now you should feel pretty comfortable using the mouse and menus. In the following section you're going to open an application and write a letter, but first I want you to understand how to work at the Desktop. Lots of computer users know how to open an application and work in it, but don't know how to manage the Desktop. In this chapter we're going to look at the important things the icons are telling you, how to make new folders and put Files in them, how to use keyboard shortcuts, how to throw away stuff you don't want anymore, how to make copies of things, how to put a disk in and take it out, and how to shut down when you're done for the day.

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file: This is a generic term for anything on your computer. On the iMac, every File is represented by an icon. Even a folder is actually a File. Applications, documents, control panels—everything you see on your iMac is a File.



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