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Introduction to Computer

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✓ Windows and its components
✓ Desktop
✓ Taskbar
✓ Start Menu
✓ Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons
✓ My Computer
✓ Click either the left button or the right button
✓ Multitasking
✓ Highlight
✓ Copy/Cut and Paste text
✓ Save and/or Save As
✓ Print Command
✓ New Folder
✓ Copy/Move files
✓ Drag and Drop
✓ File types with varying extensions
✓ Create shortcuts
✓ Hard drive and floppy drive
✓ Rename/Delete

Windows and its Components
The main components of Windows when you start your computer are the Desktop, My Computer, Recycle Bin, Start Button, Taskbar, and shortcuts to applications. After opening an application, you will also have a window with an active application which will appear in your desktop and taskbar. [pic]

Desktop
The Desktop is the very first screen you see after Windows starts. There you find the folders: My Documents, My Computer, the Recycle Bin and any Shortcuts for applications and files that you have created. [pic]

My Computer
When you double-click on the My Computer icon on the desktop, it will open a window similar to the one shown below, where you can navigate between the computer's drives and Control Panel tools. [pic]

Recycle Bin
When you delete a file from your computer's hard drive, it is removed to the folder called Recycle Bin. Files deleted from your hard drive are still available for restoring if needed, unless you empty your Recycle Bin.  • To restore the files, open the Recycle Bin folder by double-clicking the icon on your desktop, select the file and then select Restore.   

• To clear the Recycle Bin, select Empty Recycle Bin and the files will be permanently removed from your computer. [pic]
Note that the recycle bin does not apply to the contents of a floppy disk. If you delete a file from a floppy disk, it is permanently deleted, and you cannot restore it. Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons

|  | |In the top-right corner of your document are the Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons. | |The first one when clicked minimize your screen, sending it to the taskbar. The second one maximize your screen, filling all | |desktop with the document you are working with.The last button is used to close your document. | | | |It is best practice to work with your document window maximized. |

Start Menu
By clicking the Start button, in the very bottom-left corner of the screen, a vertical window will come up with the Start Menu.

The list of submenus in the pop-up window let you navigate and select the application you want to run. [pic]
Taskbar
The Taskbar is the row at the bottom of the Windows screen where all currently open applications or files are listed. The taskbar is used to select a file or application that is already opened or to put an application in the foreground. To put an application in the foreground, just click on the icon of the application in the taskbar. Another way to put an application in the foreground when more than one is in use is to hold the ALT button and then click TAB on your keyboard to see all the open applications; you will need to hold the ALT button and continue pressing TAB to go through each application until you come to the one you want to use. [pic]

Shortcut
A shortcut creates a button or icon which typically stays on the desktop and when clicked, quickly allows you to start a program or open a file without having to go to its permanent location on your computer. To create a shortcut,...
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