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Chapter 2. A Field Guide to Windows XP > What's What in the Windows Screen - Pg. 12

A Field Guide to Windows XP 2. 12 What's happening here is that Windows XP wants you to supply the appropriate password before going any further. (The person who set up your system, or the person at work who administers your computer system, should have told you what your password is.) Go ahead and type your password in the Password box. (The letters you type will appear as dots, but that's okay. It's a security feature that prevents some snoop from eyeballing your password.) Then press Enter to continue loading Windows XP. A few seconds later, the dust clears and--voilà!--Windows XP is ready to roll. What's What in the Windows Screen The screen shown in Figure 2.3 is typical of the face that Windows XP Home Edition presents to the world. (The screen for XP Pro looks a bit different. Note, too, that your screen might have a different look, depending on how your computer manufacturer chose to set up your machine.) If you're new to Windows XP, you need to get comfortable with the lay of the Windows land. To that end, let's examine the vista you now see before you, which I divide into two sections: the desktop and the taskbar. The Desktop Ivory-tower computer types enjoy inventing metaphors for the way the rest of us use a computer. The idea is that more people will put up with a computer's shenanigans if using the computer reflects the way we do things in real life. For Windows, the metaphor of choice is the humble desktop. The idea is that the Windows screen is comparable to the top of a real desk in a real office or den. Starting a program is like taking a