Using the Windows GUI

Although you probably realize by now that you sometimes need to leave the Windows graphical user interface (GUI) behind to make repairs or perform maintenance, the Windows GUI is where most work gets done. The following sections discuss these elements of the Windows GUI:

  • My Computer

  • Windows Explorer

  • Control Panel

  • Taskbar and System Tray (systray)

  • Start Menu

  • Accessories/System Tools

  • Computer Management Console

Network Neighborhood/My Network Places is discussed in Chapter 21, “Networking and Internet Connectivity,” and Chapter 22, “Troubleshooting Principles,” and Device Manager is discussed in Chapter 19, “Installing and Configuring Hardware in Windows.”

My Computer

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