Operating System: Symbol for Menu Commands, Desktop and Desktop Icons

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Symbol for Menu Commands

  • A shortcut, we have used a special convention to indicate menu commands throughout this course. It will follow this pattern: menu name - command. For example, "Choose File g Open" is a shorter way of saying

  • Sometimes you will see a sequence of menu selections that goes three or more levels.


A desktop computer is a personal computer that fits on or under a desk. They usually consist of a monitor, keyboard, mouse and either a horizontal or vertical (tower) form factor. Unlike a laptop, which is portable, a desktop computer is meant to stay at one location

  • When you turn on your computer, the screen first displays

  • Basic Input Output Information (BIOS) about your computer.

  • Windows takes control and the Windows logo flashes on your screen with the cloudy sky.

You Could See "Microsoft Windows"

  • The first thing that always appears after loading is that you will be asked to type your password to enter Windows

  • You will see some or all the objects as shown in.

Microsoft Windows Display

Microsoft Windows Display

Desktop Icons

  • My Computer My Computer is the most important Desktop item. This is where everything is present: your hard drive, floppy, CDROM, computer's main control (Control Panel).

  • A section of Microsoft Windows first found in Windows 95 and included with all later versions that allows you to explore and manage the contents of your computer drives.

  • All the computer resources can be accessed from My Computer - it is the gateway to your computer. To access My Computer, double-click on its icon in the Desktop.

My Computer Contains

Image of My computer contains

Image of My Computer Contains

  • To learn more about each item, just choose one icon, right-click and select Properties from menu.

  • Properties window is divided into four tabs: General, Tools, Sharing, and Compression.

  • If you select the Floppy icon, the General tab shows information about your floppy, storage device.

  • It tells you how much space you still have on your disc, and the total size in KB or MB.

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