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Icons

Mac OS uses icons to graphically represent files and other items on the Desktop or within Finder windows:

  • Applications (Figure 19) are programs you use to get work done. I tell you more about working with applications in Chapters 5 through 7.

    Figure 19. Application icons.

  • Documents (Figure 20) are the files created by applications. I tell you more about working with documents in Chapter 5.

    Figure 20. Document icons, including two different SimpleText documents and a PageMaker document.

  • Folders (Figure 21) are used to organize files. I tell you more about using folders in Chapters 3 and 4.

    Figure 21. Folder icons.

  • System files (Figure 22), such as control panels, extensions, and drivers, are used by Mac OS to add capabilities to your computer and operate peripherals. I tell you about various System files in Chapters 14 and 15 and elsewhere throughout this book.

    Figure 22. Icons for System files including an extension, a control panel, and a printer driver (or Chooser extension).

  • Disks (Figure 23) are used to store files. I tell you about working with disks in Chapter 3.

    Figure 23. Four different disk icons: hard disk, Mac OS floppy disk, PC floppy disk, and CD-ROM disc.

  • Desktop printers (Figure 24) let you print documents from the Finder and check the status of documents scheduled to be printed. I tell you about printing in Chapter 9.

    Figure 24. A Desktop printer icon and the Trash icon when the Trash is empty and full.

  • The Trash (Figure 24) is for discarding items you no longer want. I explain how to use the Trash in Chapter 3.


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