Rectangular area on the screen used by an application program to work with files or interact with the user.
Graphical User Interface
Shortcut to the computer window. Gives access to drives, files and folders on your computer
Basic screen from which Windows and applications are run. Consists of program icons, a taskbar, a Start button, an optional Windows Sidebar, and a mouse pointer
An area on the right side of the taskbar that keeps you informed about processes that are running in the background, such as antivirus software, network connections, and other utility programs. Also typically displays the time.
Quick Launch toolbar
An area to the right of the Start button that contains shortcut icons for commonly used programs
Shortcut to the Recycle Bin, which is a storage area for files that have been deleted from the hard drive. Files can be recovered from the Recycle Bin or permanently removed from the computer.
A bar, usually at the bottom of the screen, that contains the Start button, buttons representing open programs, and other buttons that activate programs.
An area on the side of the screen that displays information you want to access quickly. Gadgets may be added to the Windows Sidebar that display information such as weather or stock market data.
If Quick Launch toolbar does not display,
Right-click in an open area of the taskbar, then click Properties. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, under Taskbar appearance, select the Show Quick Launch check box.
In Micorsoft Office 2007, the area containing groups of commands and command buttons. In other programs, a menu bar displays in this area.
The bar at the bottom of a window that gives additional information about the window.
A pane that opens on the side of a window and is used to display commonly used tools
The bar at the top of a window that contains the name of the application and document, along with the Minimize, Maximize/Restore Down, and Close buttons.
A bar, usually just under a menu bar, that contains command options. These commards are buttons with icons or words. More than one bar may be displayed at once and they may share the same row.
Similar to a window, but used for a specific purpose and requires an action.
Shutting down the computer by using the keyboard.
Press Start button. Press right arrow three times to display the menu, then celect Shut Down.
advanced graphical user interface introduced in Vista.
.doc or .docx
Word files - 4 letter files from Office 2007
.xls or .xlsx
Excel files - 4 letter files from Office 2007
.ppt or .pptx
PowerPoint files-4 letter files from Office 2007
If can't find a file part 1.
Could be not sufficiently descriptive file name. Name file using words that match closely. Also can do advanced search and look for unusual word or phrase that you know is in the file.
If can't find a file part 2
Other possible reason can't find a file is that the file is hidden. To locate a hidden file, in the Computer window, click Organize, and then click Folder and Search Option. Click the View button and then click then click the Show hidden files and folders option button. Then, do an advanced search and include hidden files.
Identifying which files can be found in the recycle bin
Only files deleted from hard drive. Not flash or other portable media.
Displaying File extensions
By default, Windows hides the 3 or 4-letter file extensions for known file types and assigns them automatically when you save files from within an application. To change the default setting to display file extensions for all files, click Start, and then click computer. On the Command bar, click the Organize button, click Folder and Search Options, and then click the View tab. Under Advanced Settings, clear the Hide extensions for known file types check box, and then click OK.
The area on the left side of a folder window that that enables you to view the folder structure in a vertical list. In the Computer window, displays the Favorites lis and the Folders list.
Displays your current location in the folder structure as a series of links separated by arros
These identify the column; click on the headings to sort the file list.
Toolbar that provides buttons to perform common tasks
A list of commonly used folders
Displays a list of folders that are contained within the selected folder.