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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.
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