Desktops 101: Windows 7

Desktops 101: Windows 7

I’m heading back to basics in this article and going over some common terms that folks sometimes aren’t familiar with. You’ll often read directions involving the taskbar, system tray, or Start menu. If you aren’t sure what these terms mean, it’s hard to grasp what people are writing about.

Let’s start with the term desktop. The desktop is simply the main screen for most PCs. Once you open any lock screen, you see the desktop. This is an example of what you see in Windows 7.

A shortcut is an icon on the desktop you click to open a program. A shortcut is a quick and easy way to open a program without having to search for where the program is actually located on your computer. Deleting a shortcut won’t delete the program.

The taskbar is at the bottom of the screen. Here you’ll see small icons that show any programs you have open. You can also add shortcuts to frequently used programs.

When you right-click on a blank spot on the taskbar, a menu with several options opens.

The time is shown at the far right on the taskbar. Next to that is the system tray. This is where icons for things like cloud accounts, audio control, Wi-Fi, and security programs are shown.

Click the little arrow symbol (the tiny white triangle) to open a window with options to customize the tiny icons.

The familiar Start button is to the far left on the taskbar. Click the Start button to see your Start menu.

I hope this little refresher course makes your PC easier to navigate.

~ Cynthia
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