Must Know WindowsTerminolgy

The following is common terminolgy associated with the Windows operating system.  It would be benificial to memorize them.  The more you know the easier using a computer becomes.

Active Window – The active window is the window where all the activity is currently taking place.  All your keystrokes and mouse movements will affect that window.  It is where all your information is being entered.

Borders – A border is a thin edge enclosing a window.  You can use borders to change a window's size.

Close Button – To close an active window click on the button in the window's far, upper-right corner.  It is the button with an ‘X’ on it.  When you close a window you eliminate it from the computer's memory.  In order to reopen it, you need to reload it from your hard drive or CD again.

IconIcons are buttons with little pictures on them.  They offer clues to the program or functions they represent. 

Maximize Button – The maximize button is the middle of the three buttons in the upper-right hand corner of every window and contains a square.  A click on this button enlarges the active window so that it takes up as much on-screen space as possible.

Minimize Button – The minimize button is the left of the three buttons in the upper-right corner of every window.  A click on this button makes its window disappear and then reappear as a tiny button on the taskbar along the bottom of your screen.  Minimizing a window keeps it loaded in the computer's memory and ready to be used at an instant's notice.

Restore Button – When a window is maximized the maximize button in the upper-right hand corner becomes the restore button and contains two squares.  Clicking on this button returns the window to the size it was before you maximized it.

Scroll Bar – The scroll bar, which looks like an elevator shaft, is along the right edge of your active window.  Inside the bar a scroll box, the elevator, travels up and down as you page through your work.  By glancing at the scroll bar you can tell whether you're near the top of a document, the middle or the bottom.

Start Button – The Start button is in the lower left corner of your screen. Clicking it will bring up your start menu.  To shut off your computer you must begin by pressing the Start button.  You then click on the Shut Down option.

Taskbar – The Taskbar runs horizontally at the bottom of the screen. It lists all the programs you are currently running.  The first button on the Left of the Taskbar is the Start button.

Title Bar -The title bar is the topmost strip in any window.  It lists the name of the program you are currently using, as well as the name of any open file.  The title bar can serve as a handle for moving a window around the screen. Point at the title bar, hold down the mouse button, and move the mouse around.  An outline of the window moves as you move the mouse.  When you've placed the outline in a new spot, let go of the    mouse button.  The window leaps to that new spot.

Windows – Windows gets its name from the little screens that open allowing us to see what is in a folder or view a file and work with a program.  Each window shows some information, such as a picture or a program you are running.  It contains information you can look at or work with. You can put several windows on the screen at the same time and jump from one to another.

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