Chapter 1. Navigating Windows 7

In this chapter, you'll explore the basics of the Windows 7 interface, which is often referred to as the desktop (Figure 1-1). You'll learn how to use the Start menu to run programs, how the taskbar helps you organize and keep track of multiple running programs (and launch new ones), how the notification area provides access to system information and settings, and how to manage open windows.

The Windows 7 desktop

Figure 1.1. The Windows 7 desktop

The Start menu

The Start menu will often be the first place you visit when you begin using the computer and the last place you visit when you're done, because from here you can perform tasks such ...

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