Programs: Microsoft Windows 2000: Lesson 2

Lesson 2: In this lesson we will learn about the Windows Desktop and the Start Menu
By the end of this tutorial, you will:
  • Understand Microsoft Windows 2000imgBoxPro.gif (7703 bytes)
  • Be able to use the mouse and keyboard
  • Understand the Desktop and Start Menu
  • Understand how to use the window
  • Be able to navigate through dialog boxes
  • Learn how to use the Help system
  • Manage disks and files
  • Create and utilize folders
  • Modify files
  • Explore the Internet
  • Learn how to properly shut-down Windows
Lesson 2: The Desktop and Start Menu
Figure 2.1 The Desktop
The Desktop

What is the Desktop?

Your office/school desk contains many tools that help you to accomplish many tasks.  You can chose how to best organize your desk based on your preferences. Sometimes you need to add new tools to your desk as your work needs change.

The computer desktop has a similar design. Once Microsoft Windows is running you will be looking at the Desktop. From here you can view many different icons that function just like your stapler, pencil sharpener, etc.   By utilizing them, you can simplify your tasks. Windows 2000 is based on a user-friendly, visual, logic organization.
Figure 2.2 The Default Desktop
The Default Desktop

A Typical Screen Shot

This is a screen shot. As previously discussed, these views can be customized, These pictures of the elements of Windows 2000 are only examples.
Figure 2.3 Opening the Start Menu
Opening the Start Menu

Placement of Windows Elements

Take a moment to note the placement of the Start button.

Though not common, the taskbar containing the Start button can be moved from the bottom of the screen to other locations, but the Start button image will remain constant.
Figure 2.4 The Start Button
The Start Button


Once you click the Start button, it will become depressed (or pushed in).
Figure 2.5 The Start Menu
The Start Menu

Viewing the Start Menu

The depressed Start button will cause the Start Menu to appear.

Self Graded Review Quiz

1.  What are signs of multitasking?
A. computer displays busy signal
B. Multiple screens are displayed on the desktop.
C. You are playing a game and reading a book.
D. The Help Menu will pop up and say "Multitasking".

2.  What button do you press to begin?
A. My Computer
B. Maximize Button
C. Start Button
D. My Briefcase

3.  Where do you find a Taskbar (assuming default conditions)?
A. The bottom of the desktop
B. Beneath the title bar
C. In a folder
D. None of the above

4.  Where do deleted files go?
A. They are immediately erased from the computer's memory.
B. Into the deleted files folder.
C. In the Recycle Bin.
D. Into my documents.

5.  Customizing your Desktop includes all of the following except:
A. Adding new program icons.
B. Adding new folders.
C. Recording items.
D. Saving files.

6.  You click the "START" button to:
A. Turn on your computer.
B. List your program choices.
C. Open My Desktop.
D. All of the above.

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