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tutorial windows xp

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Tutorial windows XP
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Microsoft Windows XP 2
An operating system, sometimes called an "OS", is the main program the computer usesto function properly. Operating systems act as a link between you, the user, and theprograms you use on a computer. Different types of computers use different types of operating systems. The majority of computers used at BGSU either run MicrosoftWindows or the Mac OS. While files can be shared between these two types of systems,they are generally incompatible.The tutorial on this page explains how to use a PC, which (on campus) will soon use theWindows XP operating system. To understand how to use a computer running WindowsXP, follow these step-by-step lessons.
Microsoft Windows XP 3
Most PCs run on an operating system called Windows. These particular tutorial dealswith the Windows XP professional version of the Windows operating system. Theoperating system is what allows you as the user to access the information in thecomputer. To understand how to use a computer, it is important to know several featuresof the Windows system.
The desktop is the area you see when the computer is not running applications. Itconsists of the icons on top of it, as well as the Start button and other features. Thedesktop can be used to temporarily store information or to move around documents andwindows.
Icons are little pictures that represent different programs or saved items. Double-clickingon the icon accesses the information icons represent.
Each application opened will appear in its own window, or its own little section of thescreen. Windows can be moved and resized so that you can operate many differentapplications at the same time. To learn how to manipulate windows, refer to theManipulating Windows portion of Level.
Dialogue Box
When you ask the computer to do certain commands, such as to save your work, thecomputer will need more information from you, and this will appear in a dialogue box.These boxes contain options and commands for the computer to execute.
Start Menu
In the lower left-hand corner of the Windows screen is the Start button. When you clickon the button a menu will appear, which we will call the Start menu. This menu gives youaccess to all the different parts and functions of the computer.
Task Bar 
At the very bottom of the screen is a horizontal bar called the task bar. This bar contains(from left to right) the Start button, shortcuts to various programs, minimized programs,and another section of shortcuts that includes sound volume, printers and the time.

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