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Windows XP is an Operating System That

Windows XP is an Operating System That

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Published by Abel Pangilinan
Tuturials in Windows XP OS
Tuturials in Windows XP OS

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Published by: Abel Pangilinan on Jan 27, 2010
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Windows XP is an operating system that lets you use different types of applicationsor software. For example, it allows you to use a word processing application to writea letter, and a spreadsheet application to track your financial information.Windows XP is a graphical user interface (GUI). It has pictures (graphical) that youuse (user) to communicate (interface) with the computer. This type of system ispopular because it's logical, fun and easy to use.This operating system has multitasking capabilities, meaning it can run severalapplications at the same time. Multitasking allows you to view this module on theInternet at the same time that you practice using other applications with WindowsXP.
By the end of this module, learners should be able to:
Discuss the parts of the Windows XP desktop
Discuss the parts of the Start menu
Locate the Taskbar 
Locate the Recycle Bin
Log off and switch users
Restart and Turn off the computer properly
The Windows XP Desktop
Like previous versions of Windows, Windows XP uses a
for the standardinterface. Think of the desktop as a workspace where you can access everything youneed to operate your computer, such as system components, applications, theInternet, etc.
The desktop contains:
Start button
: one of the most important tools you will use while workingwith Windows XP. The Start button allows you to open menus and startapplications.
: primarily used to switch between open windows andapplications. Learn more about using the Taskbar in a later module.
Icons (or graphical pictures)
: represent applications, files, and other parts of the operating system. By default Windows XP provides you with onedesktop icon, the Recycle Bin. Learn more about the Recycle Bin in a later module.Your desktop's appearance may vary from the example shown below, especially if you bought a computer with XP preinstalled.
The Start Menu
To begin exploring Windows XP, click the
button.When you click the
button, the
Start menu
appears. The
Start menu
is your gateway to the applications that are on your computer. The left side of the
lists programs, and the right side allows access to common Windows folders(My Documents, for example). It also provides access to
Help and Support
, and
If you select
All Programs
, a pop-up menu appears. Pop-up menus like this arecalled
cascading menus
. If a cascading menu is available, a
small black triangle
appears next to the name of the application or function.In the example below, the Word program has been selected.

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