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Chapter 4. Using the Windows XP Interfac... > The Taskbar, Start Menu, and Other T...

The Taskbar, Start Menu, and Other Tools

The taskbar is the command center for your user environment under Windows XP. With few or no desktop icons after initial setup, everything you do within Windows XP has to start with the taskbar. The taskbar (refer to Figure 4.9) is host to several other highly useful tools, such as the Start menu, the quick launch bar, the open application buttons, and the system tray.

The Start menu is the control center for Windows XP. Most native applications and installed applications have an icon within the Start menu used to launch or access them. The Start menu has two columns of access elements. The left column includes Internet and email access on top and a list of most recently used applications on the bottom. By default, it displays the last six accessed applications.


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