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Chapter 2. The Start Menu and Taskbar

2. The Start Menu and Taskbar

After you log on, Windows displays the desktop and its components (Figure 2.1). The desktop sets the backdrop for your working environment and lets you organize the resources on your computer. The Start menu is the central location that lists the most useful folders, programs, and commands. The taskbar tells you what programs are running on your computer and lets you activate or close them.

Figure 2.1. Basic desktop elements. Your desktop may look a little different if you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or if your PC’s manufacturer added icons and changed the desktop background.



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