NCERT Computer: Chapter 4 – Operating System Part 3

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4. Start Button and Taskbar

The Start button was first introduced with the release of Microsoft Windows 95 and featured in all releases of Microsoft Windows. The Start button allows users to access their computer programs or configure Microsoft Windows easily.

Start Button and taskbar image

Start Button and Taskbar Image

Start Button and taskbar image

At the bottom left corner is the Start button. Place the mouse over Start and you will see "click here to begin".

Start gives you access to all applications on your computer, every time you install software on your system, you can easily have access through the Start button.

Click on Start and the Start menu appears.

Image Start Button and Taskbar Point

Image Start Button and Taskbar Point

Image Start Button and Taskbar Point

1. Programs Submenu

Every program on your computer can be accessed from Programs submenu; you can also access the Computer Accessories like System Tools, Communication and Entertainment features.\

2. Favorites Submenu

Image of Submenu

Image of Submenu

Image of Submenu

When you open programs and files on top of other programs and files on the Desktop,

It can still be accessed from the Taskbar. By clicking on the applications window on the Taskbar, you can bring that application to the front of other windows, and restore if it was minimized.

3. Documents Submenu:

Windows keeps track of recent documents used. The Documents option of the Start menu makes available the last 15 documents you had opened in any application.

Find these documents irrelevant and don't want to access, you can clear the list: Right click on the Taskbar. In a small Window you will find ‘properties’. On clicking there, another Window will appear. Click on the ‘Start Menu Programs’.

There, at the documents menu, click on the ‘Clear’ button.

4. Settings:

You have access to the Control Panel, Printers, Taskbar and Start menu, Folder Options, Active Desktop, and Windows update.

You can add/delete programs, change monitor settings, connect to networks, create a Startup Disk, Customize Desktop display properties.

Quickly install Programs, such as MS Word or a game, using the Add/Remove Programs feature in Control Panel.

To connect your computer to a network follows the steps given below:

  1. Click Start, select , and then doubleclick Network dialog box appears. Click Add. Select Network. Component Type dialog box appears. Click Client, and then click Add. A list of client software appears.

  2. In the Manufactures list, click the name of the manufacture of your network software.

  3. In the Network Clients list, select the client software you are using, and then click OK. The client software is added to your computer.

  4. On the Configuration tab, select your client, and then click Properties. Enter configuration options for your network, and then click OK.

  5. Click OK and then click OK again. The client software is installed and your computer restarts.

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