This section is all about explaining what you see when you turn your
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.
window has a highlighted title bar and is in front of the other windows.
windows are displayed once you click the yellow File Explorer on the
taskbar. The active window button will be a lighter grey colour.
To move between windows, Left click on the
File Explorer and move your mouse over each of the windows.
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.
To make a
window larger and fill the
screen, click on the maximise button.