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The Windows XP Desktop

Windows XP embraces a more minimalist approach to the Windows desktop than its predecessors. The new desktop (labeled by Microsoft as the “user experience” desktop) provides a less cluttered approach to the Windows desktop and has clustered access to many features (such as My Computer, My Network Places, and My Documents) on the Start menu. The Start menu also now consists of a double-column format.

Desktop icons are optional; you can add icons to the desktop if you want (as you could with earlier versions of Windows). By default, only the Recycle Bin is shown on the desktop. Figure 1.8 shows the Windows desktop and the Start menu.


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