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Windows® 98 Unleashed by Paul McFedries

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Customizing the Active Desktop

A big part of this Web integration technology is, of course, the Active Desktop. As with the Web view for folders, Microsoft has again incorporated standard Internet technologies to come up with a completely new desktop paradigm. The Active Desktop actually consists of three layers:

Icon layer: This is the “top” layer and it displays the standard desktop icons (My Computer, My Documents, and so on) and whatever shortcuts you've added to the desktop. This is, in other words, the desktop you came to know and (possibly) love in Windows 95.

HTML desktop background layer: This layer sits underneath the icon layer, so in that sense it's a lot like desktop wallpaper. This is wallpaper on steroids, however, because this ...

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