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Desktop and Desktop Icons

This is the main desktop area which contains an icon for your Recycle Bin (and optionally icons for your personal files, computer and network), you can also create shortcuts to your favorites programs or documents

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Start Menu

Click here to display the start menu - more details here

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Search

Display the search panel where you can search you files and the internet, also gives access to Cortana (your personal assistant) - more details here

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Task View

This icon when clicked shows all open programs and allow you to easily switch between them - more details here

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Taskbar Shortcuts

Shortcuts to your favorites programs such as File Explorer, Internet Explorer, Store etc - you can also add your own shortcuts here if required

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Taskbar

Shows running applications and allows you to switch between them by clicking on the relevant icon

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Notification Area

Shows system icons for network connections, battery level, audio volume etc as well as the new notifications center which shows warnings, update information, reminders, new email alerts etc - more details here

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Thumbnail Preview

Hover over any minimized or pinned programs on your taskbar to get a thumbnail preview of that window, makes it easier to switch between applications and choose the windows you want active

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Show Desktop

Click right at the end of the taskbar to minimize all open programs and show the desktop

 

Taskbar Options

 

Taskbar settings can be changed by right mouse clicking on an empty area of the taskbar - the menu shown below will appear where you can choose how the Cortana (search box) is shown and whether to show the Task View and touch keyboard buttons

 

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To see further settings right mouse click on an empty area of the taskbar and choose Taskbar settings

 

The settings app will then open and show the Taskbar section where you change settings relating to how items are shown on the taskbar, the taskbar location, what icons are shown in the notification area and more

 

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