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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (A+ 4 Real)
 9  Chapter 1: What are Operating Systems and How Do They Work?
      9  Operating System Features
           9  The Desktop

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Navigating the Desktop

The desktop has several preset icons (graphical representations) to help you organize the content stored on the computer’s hard drive. In your office, you have a letter rack, file folders and a rubbish bin to assist you in categorizing and managing the physical information available to you. Within Windows, the desktop acts as your virtual office, providing you with a place to store your files, access your data and dispose of information you no longer required.

The desktop is organized for ease of navigation, and its appearance and content can be highly customized. By default the desktop has the “My Computer”, “My Network Places” (or “Network Neighborhood” in pre-Windows 2000 Operating Systems), “Recycle Bin” and “Internet Explorer” icons visible upon it. Windows 2000 and XP also have the “My Documents” folder visible.

Figure 23: Preset Desktop Icons

 


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