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Chapter 7. Up Front: The New Desktop > Taking a First Look at the Windows XP De...

Taking a First Look at the Windows XP Desktop

The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think about your current Desktop is all those icons! Each new program you install is placed on the Desktop (although some applications are polite enough to ask if you want that done). You can also create your own icons. Eventually, the Desktop can become so crowded with icons that it is harder to find a program by looking on the Desktop than by simply using the Start menu.

When you install Windows XP, you start with a clean slate and can build from there. When you finish Windows XP Setup and log in the first time, you may wonder if Setup actually completed because there are no icons on the Desktop—no My Computer or Network Neighborhood and no more icons trying to get you to sign up for MSN or to use Internet Explorer. Instead, all you see is a blank Taskbar with the Start button on the left and a clock on the right. The only icon in site is the Recycle Bin, which you easily can hide. Figure 7.1 shows the new Desktop without the Recycle Bin.


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