The word “desktop” already came up once at the beginning of this course, but in reference to the type of computer you may be using, as in laptop or desktop. But that’s not the only use of the word desktop when it comes to computer terminology. The term “desktop” also refers to another folder on your computer. It’s the folder you see most often and it’s always open unless it’s completely covered by another window. This video discuss how you can use your desktop folder as a convenient location to save files, but also why you shouldn’t keep all files in this location.
- [Voiceover] 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 you may be using.…As in, laptop or desktop.…But that's not the only use of the word "desktop"…when it comes to computer terminology.…Another meaning of desktop refers to…what we're seeing on screen right now:…this vast empty gray area,…or whatever color or pattern your desktop happens to be.…The desktop in reality is just…another folder on your computer.…It just 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 just a tiny portion of your desktop…you can drag files out of other folders…onto the desktop to move them there.…
The desktop can be a very convenient place…to store commonly used files,…or even recently downloaded files.…For example, I'm going to open up a program called Notepad,…which comes installed on Windows.…I'll do that by going to the Start menu,…to All apps,…
Interested in Mac computers? Check out Garrick's companion course, Computer Literacy for Mac.
- What is a computer?
- Purchasing a laptop vs. desktop
- Understanding files and folders
- Opening and saving files
- Working with software
- Setting up printers and Bluetooth devices
- Connecting to networks to go online
- Setting up email
- Receiving and sending email
- Searching the web
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Computers
2. Getting Started
3. Software and Applications
4. Computer Peripherals
5. Networks and Getting Online
7. Web Browsing and Searching
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