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Microsoft® Windows® Operating System: Essentials by Tom Carpenter

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CHAPTER 3

Managing the Desktop

The Windows Desktop is the primary user interface providing access to applications and operating system utilities. In Windows 7, this interface was enhanced based on significant changes first made in Windows Vista. This chapter introduces the Desktop—its features and the various methods used to interact with it. Topics include:

  • Understanding Desktop features
  • Working with gadgets
  • Changing display settings
  • Creating shortcuts
  • Configuring the Aero interface

Understanding Desktop Features

The Windows Desktop has evolved from the original Program Manager in Windows 3.x to the modern Desktop with a Start menu, Desktop icons, shortcuts, and specialized components called gadgets. In this section, you will explore the Desktop ...

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