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Desktop Components of Windows 10

Learn the different components of the Windows 10 Desktop and Taskbar

Windows 10 Numbered Desktop

1. Start Menu

The start menu is like a road map for you computer. It lets you launch applications, shut down your computer, access system settings, and much more. To read more about the start menu see [Link for document Windows 10 Start Menu is unavailable at this time.] .

2. Search Box

The search box allows you to quickly search your computer and the Internet at a point, right from the taskbar.

3. Task View / Timeline

The task view button, in version 1709, allows you to manage your virtual desktops and move application windows between them. To read more about the task view see [Link for document Use Multiple Desktops is unavailable at this time.] .

The timeline button, in version 1803, allows you to again manage your virtual desktops, but also view websites and files that have been used for the last 30 days, if you choose to activate it.

4. Pinned Apps

Applications that you use commonly can be pinned to your taskbar. By default, Windows has a couple that it pins for you.

5. Task Tray

If an application is open, and has not been pinned to the taskbar, it will show in the task tray.

6. Notification Tray & Clock

The notification tray shows icons of applications that are running in the background and provides access to Internet and sound settings.

The clock displays the current time and date.

7. Action Center

The Action Center is Windows' main notification system. Any slide-out notification that you receive will be stored in this panel until you clear them. The Action Center also provided quick access to system features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Projection. To read more about the Action Center see [Link for document Windows 10 Notifications is unavailable at this time.]

8. Desktop Icons

The desktop holds application icons. By default, we include shortcuts to log off or restart your computer, and Firefox. You are free to add your own.

9. Desktop

The desktop holds your desktop icons and has a customizable background image. 

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Keywords:screen, windows 10, win10, taskbar, desktop, components   Doc ID:64840
Owner:Connie G.Group:Missouri University of Science and Technology
Created:2016-07-07 12:01 CSTUpdated:2018-08-29 14:24 CST
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