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Windows 7

Exploring the Basics of Microsoft Windows 7
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Recycle Bin
holds deleted items until you remove them permanently
Theme
a set of desktop backgrounds, window colors, sounds, and screen savers
Start button
provides access to Windows 7 programs, documents, and information on the Internet
Taskbar
is a strip that contains buttons to give you quick access to common tools and running programs
Pointer
is a small object, such as an arrow, that moves on the screen when you move your mouse
Desktop
is your workspace on the screen
Notification area
displays icons corresponding to services running in the background, such as an Internet connection
Date/Time control
is an element that shows the current date and time and lets you set the clock
Operating system
is software that manages and coordinates activities on the computer and helps the computer perform essential tasks, such as displaying information on the computer screen and saving data on disks
Programs/Aplications
software that a computer uses to complete tasks
Windows 7
name and version of an operating system
Internet
a worldwide collection of computers connected to one another to enable communication
User name
a unique name that identifies you
Password
a confidential series of characters
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
uses graphics to represent items stored on your computer, such as programs and files
File
is a collection of related information; typical types of files include text documents, spreadsheets, digital pictures, and songs
Default settings
a set of standard settings that controls how the screen is set up and how a document looks when you first start typing
Pointing device
a piece of hardware connected to a computer that helps you interact with objects on the desktop
Mouse
the most common type of a pointing device
Point
to use pointing device to move the mouse pointer over objects on the desktop
Screen Tip
appears near the object to tell you the name or purpose of that object
Clicking
refers to pressing a mouse button and immediately releasing it
Menu
is a group or list of commands
Menu command
is the text you can click to complete tasks
Submenu
list of additional choices related to the command
Start menu
provides access to programs, documents, and much more
Select
point to the object and then click on that object
Folder
is a container that helps to organize the contents of your computer, such as files and folders
Double-clicking
means clicking the left mouse button twice in quick succession
Right-clicking
click an object with the right mouse button to open a shortcut menu
Shortcut menu
lists actions you can take with that object
Panes
separate areas of a menu or window
Search programs and files box
helps you quickly find anything stored on your computer, including programs, documents, pictures, music, videos, Web pages, and e-mail messages.
Computer window
is a tool that you use to view, organize, and access the programs, files, and drives on your computer
Control Panel
contains specialized tools that help you change the way Windows 7 looks and behaves
Help and Support
provides articles, video demonstrations, and steps for performing tasks in Windows 7
Program button
appears on the taskbar for each open program
Exit
close button located in the upper-right corner of the program window
Multitasking
allows you to work on more than one task at a time
Active program
is the one you are working with
Keyboard shortcut
is a key or combination of keys that perform a command
Aero Flip 3D
displays all your open windows in a three-dimensional stack so you can see the windows from the side
Window
a rectangular area of the screen that contains a program, text or other data
Controls
are graphical or textual objects you use to manipulate the window or use the program
Dragging
when you click an object and then press and hold down the mouse button while moving the mouse
Ribbon
is located at the top of the program window, immediately below the title bar, and is organized into tabs
Tab
contains commands that perform a variety of related tasks
Groups
a collection of buttons for related commands organized on a Ribbon tab
Quick Access Toolbar
row of buttons on the title bar that let you perform common tasks such as saving a file and undoing an action