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Operating System
a computer program that manages all other programs on the computer, stores files, allows you to use software programs and coordinates the use of computer hardware
Desktop
the area you can see on your screen after you log on to Windows
Taskbar
long horizontal bar located at the bottom of the screen; shows which programs are running on the computer and allows you to easily switch between them, contains the start button, the quick launch toolbar, middle section and the notification area
Sidebar
located on the right side of the desktop that contains small programs called Gadgets
User Account
collection of information which tells Windows the files and folders you can access, what changes you can make to the computer and your personal preferences, such as your desktop, background or color theme
Standard User Account
allows a person to use most of the capabilities of the computer, but must gain permission from an administrator to make changes which affect other uses or the security of the computer
Administrator Account
user account that allows you to make changes to the computer that will affect other users
Guest Account
Account for users who do not have a permanent account on the computer
Password
a string of characters, letters or numbers people can use to log on to a computer
Icon
small pictures which represent files, folders and programs, to delete right click and click delete, Windows Vista automatically arranges icons in columns on the left side of desktop
Shortcut
an icon that represents a link to an item rather than the item itself
Quick Launch Toolbar
allows you to start programs and documents you have open and lets you quickly switch between them, located on the Taskbar
Thumbnail
a small picture which shows a miniature version of the corresponding window, especially useful if you cannot identify a window by its title alone
Notification Area
located on the right side of the toolbar; includes a clock and icons that show the status of certain programs and computer settings
Show Desktop Button
temporarily hides all open windows and allows the desktop to be viewed
Start Button
main function is to open the Start menu, located on the Taskbar, can be used to access programs, folders and computer settings
Start Menu
main access point of all of your computer's programs, filders and settings
Gadgets
offer information at a glance and provides easy access to frequently used tools, if a gadget isn't installed on computer you can't install it
Theme
A collection of visual elements that can affect the style of windows, icons, fonts, colors and sometimes sounds
Wallpaper
desktop background is a picture or design on the desktop, provides a background to your open windows
User Account Picture
helps identify your account on a computer, displayed on the Welcome screen and on the Start menu
File
contains a collection of related information
Folder
a container in which you can store files
Recycle Bin
allows you to recover files of folders that were accidentally deleted
Firewall
software or hardware that checks information coming from the Internet or a network and then either turns it away or allows it to pass through to your computer
Antivirus Software
protects your computer against viruses, worms and other security threats
Malware
malicious software
Minimizing
removes a window from the desktop temporarily
Show Hidden Icons
click to temporarily display hidden icons
Search Box
a convenient way to find items on your computer
Security Center
where to check your computer's security status and fix security problems
Middle Section
shows you which programs and documents you have open and lets you quickly switch between them, located on the taskbar
Screen Saver
picture or animation that appears on the screen when you have not used the mouse or keyboard for a set period of time