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Taking the Taskbar to Task

The area at the bottom of your Windows XP screen is known as the taskbar, and this primary button at the left is the Start button. The taskbar is perhaps the most important element in Windows XP because you'll use it to launch and switch between running programs. Windows XP multitasks, which means that you can run more than one program at the same time. In other words, you can download a file from another computer, print a spreadsheet, listen to an opera on an audio CD, and type with a word processor, all at the same time. The taskbar lists each program currently running. Figure 1.8 shows a taskbar that lists two programs and the My Computer window in memory at the same time.

Figure 1.8. The taskbar lists every open window.



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