Windows XP

 

Windows XP
Starts when computer is turned on
Elements of the desktop
Icon
Pointer
Desktop
Date/Time control
Taskbar
Start button

Notification area

Windows XP desktop uses a graphical user interface

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Displays icons to represent items stored on the computer

Icons: Pictures of familiar objects

Desktop
Area that appears on the screen when Windows XP starts
A workspace for projects and tools
Uses default settings when the computer is first started
Default settings: settings preset by the operating system
Appearance can be changed by the user

A pointing device
Helps the user interact with objects on the computer screen
Comes in many shapes and sizes
Mouse
Most common pointing device
ScreenTips
Appear when the mouse pointer is positioned over certain objects
Display the purpose or function of the object
Figure 1-3 shows a ScreenTip

Clicking
Pressing a mouse button and immediately releasing it
Menu
A list of options which can be used to perform tasks
Submenus 
Start menu
Appears when the Start button is clicked

Provides access to programs, documents, etc.

Selecting

Selecting a menu command

Two possible ways of selecting objects in Windows XP

Pointing to an object

 

Pointing to and then clicking an object

A selected object is highlighted

 

Viewing the contents of the Recycle Bin

Click the desktop, and then point to the Recycle Bin icon.  After a few moments, a ScreenTip appears that describes the Recycle Bin
Click the left mouse button twice quickly to double-click the Recycle Bin icon.  The Recycle Bin opens
Right-clicking
Clicking an object with the right button of the mouse
Selects an object and opens its shortcut menu
Shortcut menu: a list of options directly related to the object