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Using your desktop

From: Computer Literacy for Windows

Video: Using your desktop

Now, let's talk about the word Desktop. This word already came up once at the beginning of this course but in reference to the type of computer of you maybe using, as in laptop or sesktop. But that's not the only use of the word Desktop when it comes to you computer terminology. Another meaning of Desktop refers to what we were seeing on screen right now, this vast empty blue area. Now the Desktop is in realty just another folder on your computer. It happens to be the folder you see most often and it's always open, unless it's completely covered by another window. But if you can see even just a tiny portion of your Desktop, you can drag flies out of other folders on to the Desktop and move them there.

Using your desktop

Now, let's talk about the word Desktop. This word already came up once at the beginning of this course but in reference to the type of computer of you maybe using, as in laptop or sesktop. But that's not the only use of the word Desktop when it comes to you computer terminology. Another meaning of Desktop refers to what we were seeing on screen right now, this vast empty blue area. Now the Desktop is in realty just another folder on your computer. It happens to be the folder you see most often and it's always open, unless it's completely covered by another window. But if you can see even just a tiny portion of your Desktop, you can drag flies out of other folders on to the Desktop and move them there.

And the Desktop can be a very convenient place to store commonly used files or even recently downloaded files. So, for example, I am going to open up a program called Notepad, which comes installed on Windows, and is found by going to the Start menu > All Programs > Accessories and here you find Notepad. You will get into opening and ysing applications in a later chapter, but for now I just need to run an application to demonstrate how to use the Desktop. So in this blank document I am going to type To Do, so I have a to do list.

Groceries, Laundry and Car Wash. And I will probably continue adding to this list throughout the next few days, so I want to make sure it's stored in a convenient place. I am going to choose File > Save, and a window opens up prompting me to name my file and choose a location on my computer to save it. Here in the File name field, which is already highlighted for me, I am just going to call this To Do. Notice one of my choices here is Desktop, which I select, and then I will click save. And then notice the file called To Do has immediately appeared on my Desktop.

This is the file I just saved, so if I close the To Do list that I am looking here in Notepad, I can open it again by double clicking the dile's icon and there it is. So that's just a quick example of using the Desktop to keep a file. Now as I previously said, the Desktop really is just another folder in your User folder. In fact if I open my User folder by clicking the Start menu and then clicking my name, you will see the one folder here is called Desktop and if I opened it up, sure enough, there is my To Do list file. I close that Window, but I can still get to my file right here on the Desktop.

Now the Desktop is a very convenient place to store files you frequently use, but many people use that as kind of a dumping ground of all sorts of files they have accumulated and they really go through in and clean it up. But having cluttered computer Desktop is a lot like when your real desk is cluttered. It can be very difficult to find things and work efficiently. And when it comes to your computer Desktop, having tons of files on it really can slow down your computer's performance. So it's a good idea to occasionally look through all the files on your Desktop and figure out if you still need to keep them there, or if you can move them into one of your other folders in your User folder, or even if you can just throw them into your Recycle Bin, which we will look at later in this chapter.

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Computer Literacy for Windows

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 2s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 53s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 48s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 52s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 27s
  3. 17m 29s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding your Home (User) folder
      3m 9s
    4. Using your desktop
      2m 46s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      1m 45s
    6. The right click
      2m 8s
  4. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 36s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 3s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 37s
    4. How to learn any application
      4m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      7m 29s
  5. 35m 26s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 33s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 36s
    3. Printing your documents
      3m 52s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 8s
    5. Scanning a document
      5m 59s
    6. Setting up a projector or a second monitor
      6m 17s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 55s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 23s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired networks
      2m 47s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      5m 0s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      5m 49s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      4m 12s
  7. 23m 24s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      3m 50s
    4. Composing new email messages
      7m 4s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 12s
    6. Dealing with spam
      3m 52s
  8. 8m 22s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 44s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 14s
  9. 27m 15s
    1. Introduction to word processors
      4m 46s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 57s
    3. Introduction to spreadsheets
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      8m 13s
    5. Formatting a data table
      2m 19s
  10. 28m 52s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      7m 57s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      4m 28s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      9m 17s
    4. Tagging images
      4m 56s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 12m 46s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      6m 4s
    3. Compressing files
      5m 5s
  12. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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