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The basic window

Below you see a Finder window, sometimes called a Desktop window, the kind you'll see when you open a folder or disk on the Desktop.

Later you'll work with a document window, the kind you'll see when you are using an application in which you create your work. The two types of windows are similar, but Finder windows have a few more features.

You can tell this is a Finder window because in the menu bar across the top of the monitor, just to the right of the apple, is the word “Finder.” The Finder is the software that runs the Desktop, so all of the windows on the Desktop are considered Finder windows. Don't let that confuse you—just think of the Desktop and the Finder as the same thing, for all practical purposes.

The items inside a Finder window might be shown as icons, as a list, or in columns, as explained on the following pages.

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