Desktop Components of Windows 10
Learn the different components of the Windows 10 Desktop and Taskbar
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 Windows 10 Start Menu .
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 Use Multiple Desktops .
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 Windows 10 Notifications
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.
The desktop holds your desktop icons and has a customizable background image.