1.3: Desktop and icons Level 3

Getting to know your desktop and icons

This section is all about explaining what you see when you turn your computer on:

  • What you will find on your desktop
  • Where to find your start button, taskbar, menu bar and toolbar
  • How to move between windows
  • How to hide a window, make a window bigger and close a window
  • A desktop is what you see when the computer is turned on. When you open programs or files they appear on your desktop. From your desktop, you can use shortcuts to find files and programs on your computer
  • An icon represents a file, folder or program. Icons look different for each type of file or program
  • The start button lets you open programs and files on your computer
  • The taskbar shows which programs and folder or documents you have open

Getting to know your folders and windows

  • A folder stores files such as documents or pictures
  • When you open a folder or file by clicking twice on it with your mouse, its contents will appear in a window
  • The title bar displays the name of the folder, document or program
  • You can use the Control Icons to minimise, maximise and close the window
  • The tool bar has shortcuts to the commands in the menu bar
  • You can use the scroll bars to move up and down

Moving between windows

You can have more than one window open at a time.

  1. The active window has a highlighted title bar and is in front of the other windows.
  2. The open windows are displayed once you click the yellow File Explorer on the taskbar. The active window button will be a lighter grey colour.
  3. To move between windows, Left click on the File Explorer and move your mouse over each of the windows.
  4. To hide a window, click on the minimise button in the top right-hand corner. To bring back the window, click on its button on the taskbar.
  5. To make a window larger and fill the screen, click on the maximise button.
  6. To close a window, click on the red X button.