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I. Getting Started > 5. Icons, Shortcuts, and the Recycle Bin

Chapter 5. Icons, Shortcuts, and the Recycle Bin

Every disk, folder, file, application, printer, and networked computer, on or attached to your PC, is represented on your screen by an icon and a name. To avoid spraying your screen with hundreds of thousands of overlapping icons, Windows organizes them into folders, and put those folders into other folders, and so on, until only a handful of icons actually appears on your screen.

This folders-in-folders scheme works beautifully at reducing screen clutter, but it means that you’ve got some hunting to do whenever you want to open a particular icon. You’ve got to open folder after folder until you corner your quarry.

Making this navigation process easy and understandable is one of the primary design goals of Windows—and of this chapter.


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