WARNING: This site is intended for online use only; mass-downloading of pages degrades the server and is prohibited.
If you attempt to use tools to mass-download the site, you may be blocked permanently by automated software.
If you want to read this CertiGuide offline, please use one of the links on the left to purchase a convenient PDF copy. Thank you.

Get the A+ 4 Real e-book for your own computer.
Click Here!

Custom Search






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

Previous Topic/Section
The Recycle Bin
Previous Page
Pages in Current Topic/Section
1
Next Page
The Task Manager
Next Topic/Section

The Task Bar and System Tray

The Task Bar is the horizontal grey panel usually found at the bottom of the screen. Its primary purpose is to allow for easy navigation between open windows and applications. When a new window is opened (either an application or an Explorer window), a button is added to the Task Bar. Clicking on the button brings the application to the front of the screen, or if minimized, returns it to a visible state. Window minimizing was covered earlier in the chapter. The correct term for a running application is a “task”5, hence the name “Task Bar”.

Figure 43: Open Applications on the Task Bar

 


On the right hand, side of the Task Bar is a recessed area called the System Tray. This tray contains the icons of running applications to show their status or to provide quick access to some of their options. Not all applications create an icon in this tray area when running, although many have a configuration option to do so.

Figure 44: System Tray

 


There is no set standard for how icons in the System Tray should behave. Most conform to one of two standards; either displaying some information when the cursor is placed over them, or by popping up a context sensitive menu when right clicked.

Quick navigation to subsections and regular topics in this section



 __________________

5. “Task” is the user-friendly name Microsoft gives to any running application.

Previous Topic/Section
The Recycle Bin
Previous Page
Pages in Current Topic/Section
1
Next Page
The Task Manager
Next Topic/Section

If you find CertiGuide.com useful, please consider making a small Paypal donation to help the site, using one of the buttons below. You can also donate a custom amount using the far right button (not less than $1 please, or PayPal gets most/all of your money!) In lieu of a larger donation, you may wish to consider buying an inexpensive PDF equivalent of the CertiGuide to A+ (A+ 4 Real) from StudyExam4Less.com. Thanks for your support!
Donate $2
Donate $5
Donate $10
Donate $20
Donate $30
Donate: $



Home - Table Of Contents - Contact Us

CertiGuide to A+ (A+ 4 Real) (http://www.CertiGuide.com/apfr/) on CertiGuide.com
Version 1.0 - Version Date: March 29, 2005

Adapted with permission from a work created by Tcat Houser et al.
CertiGuide.com Version Copyright 2005 Charles M. Kozierok. All Rights Reserved.
Not responsible for any loss resulting from the use of this site.