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Chapter 3. Navigating and Controlling Windows > Working with the Active Desktop

Working with the Active Desktop

The Active Desktop in Windows 98 can change the way you work and think. Instead of working from a Windows desktop containing static folders and icons, you can work from the Webtop, a desktop that displays dynamic information, which changes to meet your needs. The Active Desktop can show you static or changing information from your local PC, your network, or the Web.

The Active Desktop is one of the most important aspects of the Webtop metaphor. In Windows 95, the desktop displays static information such as shortcut icons to start programs or open folders as well as a picture or pattern as a background. The Active Desktop in Windows 98 makes your desktop a display and work area for constantly changing information. For example, your Active Desktop can contain live Web pages, ActiveX components, and Java applets. This feature enables you to see changes to information that might be important to your work and life, such as currency or stock market changes as well as local weather or news bulletins specific to your interests.


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