CHAPTER 3Getting around the Windows Desktop

In today's busy world, few people have the time to sit down and learn to use a computer. Many books and online tutorials don't help much because they assume you already know all the basic concepts and terminology. That's a big assumption because the truth is that most people don't already know those things. Most people don't know a file from a folder from a megabyte from a golf ball. These aren't the kinds of things we learned about in school or from our day-to-day experiences.

This chapter is mostly about the things everyone else assumes you already know. It's for the people who just bought their first computer and discovered it has this thing called Windows 10 on it, or for the people who were getting by with an older computer but now have a new Windows 10 computer and want to know more about how to use it.

We often refer to the skills in this chapter as “everyday skills” because they're the kinds of things you'll likely do every time you sit down at the computer. In this chapter, we point out the name and purpose of many elements you'll see on your screen. Together, these bits of information provide basic knowledge about how you use a computer to get things done. It all starts with logging in.

Logging In

The first step to using a computer is to turn it on. Shortly after you first start ...

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