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Part 2: Working with Windows XP > Using the Taskbar

Chapter 29. Using the Taskbar

The Windows taskbar is a handy tool for switching from one program to another and for launching programs. You'll find it at the bottom of your screen, below the desktop and to the right of the Start menu.

The taskbar's main purpose is to allow you to switch from one task to another (hence the name). To see what I mean, launch a program and look down at the taskbar. You'll see the name of that program. Now launch another program and you'll see both names. To quickly switch from one program to another, just click on the one you want. If you're running a program like Word that lets you open multiple windows, each window will have its own place on the taskbar. However, if the taskbar starts to get crowded with too many open windows, XP cleverly groups tasks according to the programs they're in. So, if you have multiple windows open in Word, or multiple Internet Explorer windows open, they will be grouped together and numbered as in the two images below.


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