Section 2. Navigate the Windows Desktop and Start Menu

2. Navigate the Windows Desktop and Start Menu


About the Windows XP Environment

Navigating the Windows desktop and Start menu is really just a matter of becoming familiar with the Windows user environment. Easy access to applications, tools, and settings is typically just a couple of mouse clicks from the desktop.

Navigate the Windows Desktop and Start Menu

Open an Application

Select the Start menu, point at All Programs, point at Accessories, and then select a program icon from the list of programs installed on your computer (for example, Microsoft Paint). The application opens on the Windows desktop.

Minimize the Application

You can maximize, minimize, and close application windows using the appropriate buttons on the top right of the application window. To minimize the application and show the desktop, select the Minimize button.


To quickly minimize all the applications running on the desktop (so that you can see the desktop), click the Show Desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar.

Open an Application from the Quick Launch Toolbar

Applications can also be launched from the Quick Launch toolbar. To do so, click an application icon in the Quick Launch toolbar, such as Internet Explorer, to start the web browser on the desktop.

Switch Between Applications

If you have multiple applications running on the desktop, you might want to switch between the application windows. In the taskbar, click the button for the application you want to place "on top." Switch between applications as needed using the taskbar buttons for the applications.

Home Wireless Networking in a Snap
Home Wireless Networking in a Snap
ISBN: 0672327023
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 158
Authors: Joe Habraken © 2008-2017.
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