Desktop

Intro: Desktop

What does it do?

When you start the computer, what you see is called the Desktop. Desktop is like a menu listing things you can do.It has a start button, several desktop icons, desktop theme or wallpaper, a mouse pointer, task bar and notification area displaying on the screen.

Why a user might need to use this?

It covers most icons allowing users to have direct access files or folders more easily.

How to change its background and color?

Select the Start
button, then select Settings > Personalization to choose a picture worthy of gracing your desktop background, and to change the accent color for Start, the taskbar, and other items. The preview window gives you a sneak peek of your changes as you make them. In Background, select a picture or solid color, or create a slideshow of pictures.

In Colors, let Windows pull an accent color from your background, or choose your own color adventure.

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Step 2: Icons

What is an icon?

An icon is a small graphical representation of a program or file. When you double-click an icon, the associated file or program will be opened. For example, if you were to double-click on the My Computer icon, it would open Windows Explorer. Icons are a component of most GUI operating systems, including Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS X. Icons help users quickly identify the type of file represented by the icon. The image to the right is an example of "My Computer" icons in different versions of Microsoft Windows.

How to hide and show or resize your icons?

To show or hide the icons

Right-click (or press and hold) the desktop, point to View, and then select Show desktop icons to add or clear the check mark.

Note: Hiding all the icons on your desktop doesn't delete them, it just hides them until you choose to show them again.

To resize desktop icons
Right-click (or press and hold) the desktop, point to View, and then select Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons.

Tip:you can also use the scroll wheel on your mouse to resize desktop icons. On the desktop, press and hold Ctrl while you scroll the wheel to make icons larger or smaller.

Step 3: Taskbar

How to use the taskbar?

Use the taskbar for more than just seeing your apps and finding out what time it is. Make it look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, move it to where you want to display on your screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open. You can even manage your calendar appointments right from the taskbar.

Pin apps in the task bar

Pin, or unpin if you want, an app directly to the task bar for quick access when you're on the desktop. You can do it from Start or the Jump List, which is a list of shortcuts to recently opened files, folders, and websites.

Pin an app from Start

On the Start screen , press and hold or right-click the app and then tap or click More > Pin to taskbar. If you’re unpinning, follow the same steps and tap or click Unpin from task bar.

Pin an app from the Jump List

If the app is already open, press and hold the app's taskbar button and slide your finger up until the Jump List appears. If you're using a mouse, right-click the app button on the taskbar. Then tap or click Pin to taskbar. If you’re unpinning, follow the same steps and tap or click Unpin from taskbar.

Change your task bars settings

Customize the taskbar to how you like it from the taskbar itself. If you want to change multiple aspects of the taskbar at one time, use Settings. Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, and then tap or click Settings.

Change the task bar's location

Typically, the taskbar is at the bottom of the desktop, but you can also move it to the sides or top of the desktop. If the taskbar is locked, you need to unlock it before you move it (see Lock and unlock the taskbar in this topic). Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, tap or click Settings > Taskbar location on screen, and then select Left, Top, Right, or Bottom.

Automatically hide the task bar

You might want to hide the taskbar sometimes, like when you’re watching a movie or doing some reading. You have the flexibility to automatically hide the taskbar based on whether you’re in desktop mode or tablet mode. Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, tap or click Settings , and then turn on either or both Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode and Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

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    tomatoskins

    7 months ago

    Great information on how to personalize your computer!