The Desktop

When you open a desktop application, it will be opened inside the desktop area. On a new device, the desktop area is initially relatively empty with just the Recycle Bin icon being displayed on the left of your screen in the main desktop area, as illustrated in Figure 2-1 below.

Just like your old desktop in the earlier versions of Windows, you can add your own favourite desktop icons. Icons are graphic representations of various elements of your computer, such as disk drives, folders, files or programs.

Figure 2-1: Windows 10 desktop with taskbar displayed at the bottom

The taskbar, illustrated in Figure 2-2 below, is the long bar located at the bottom of the desktop. The taskbar allows you to ‘pin’ your favourite programs to it, and switch between active open desktop programs and windows.

Figure 2-2: Taskbar with additional programs added
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