This chapter is from the book
Putting It All Together
- The Windows Desktop is a graphical user interface required by legacy programs.
- There are many ways to switch between the tile-based interface and the classic Windows Desktop interface.
- The Desktop is a container for various objects, including file system objects, devices, and utilities such as the taskbar and gadgets.
- The taskbar is highly configurable through its Properties dialog box, and you can add toolbars and Notification area icons to it.
- Many Desktop icons provide customization through control panels. A few are found on the Desktop Management menu.
- The Desktop supports standard window-selection techniques, as well as drag-and-drop technology and the Clipboard.
- Among the many personalization features that the Desktop supports are Desktop icons, backgrounds, themes, cursor sets, and system sound sets.
- The Desktop is a container for windows, and windows are a container for content.
- A window contains standard interface elements controlled by the Windows Manager software.
- Non-modal windows allow you to switch out of and then back into them and can be moved or resized.
- Modal windows force you to perform an action before you can close them, or they force you to close them before you can do anything else.