My Computer

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The 'My Computer The Windows folder containing links to storage areas (removable and non-removable media). In Windows versions prior to 'XP', the My Computer folder also has links to printer setup and dial-up modem connection functions. Accessed as a desktop icon prior to Windows 'XP', and on the 'Start' menu in 'XP' ' icon A very small pictorial representation of an item or function. For instance, if you wish to 'cut' an item from a document, you can select the item, then click the icon that represents the 'Cut' tool (a picture of a pair of scissors). Icons may also represent programs. You may start a program by clicking the program icon on the desktop. is, by default The value given to an item unless and until another choice is made by the user. Example: Margins for your documents are set to 'default' spacing. You may change them to new values, but until you do, the factory settings are the default values. , located at the top left corner of the Desktop 1) All the things you see when you first start your computer - before you 'open' any programs - such as icons to start programs and your favorite picture. 2) The top of your desk at home or the office, where you put the most-used tools, ready when needed. 2) A non-portable computer, as opposed to a 'laptop' computer. . Double-click To depress or 'tap' the left mouse button twice, quickly. This double-click will cause the computer to perform an action, usually that of 'opening' or 'running' the program that is currently covered by the pointer. this icon to gain access to nearly anything on your PC Short for 'Personal Computer'. The term 'PC' has come to be accepted as identifying a computer which uses the Microsoft 'Windows' operating system, as opposed to those computers that use other OSs such as 'Apple', 'Unix', 'Linux', or others. (Windows 'Windows' is the trade-marked name of a computer operating system (OS) created and owned by Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Washington, U.S.A. Versions of Windows include Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP (XP is the current Windows version). Each of these iterations added functionality or stability (or both) to the version before it. versions prior to 'XP').


Access to PC Hardware and Software settings

You may check 'properties Properties are the characteristics of an 'object'. A computer file will have 'properties' that are specific to that 'type' of file. For instance, an image file may have the property of having a transparent background. In many programming languages, the term property is used to describe attributes associated with a data structure.' and attributes (the words are used interchangeably here) for the drives (hard and floppy A removable storage media for the computer. The 'standard' floppy disk holds 1.44 MB of data. The portability of the floppy makes it a survivor, though the amount of storage available is so small as to make the floppy essentially useless as a backup or transfer media for modern (larger) files. ), the PC hardware settings, schedule of tasks, 'Dial up A description of the connection to another computer through telephone lines, normally at 56Kbps speeds, using a standard telephone modem (requiring you to 'dial up' the number of the other computer). As opposed to 'Always on' connections, which are normally one of the broadband technologies such as 'DSL' or 'Cable'. ' settings, and the Windows system 'Control Panel A Windows folder that contains icons for a wide variety of programs to service software or hardware installed on the computer. Functions range from Adding New Hardware, to setting the Mouse functions. Control Panel is accessed from the 'Start menu > Settings' item for most Windows versions. ' for fine tuning and checking other elements of the PC.


Windows XP users, the icon for 'My Computer' may not be available on your Desktop. However, it is available in the right-column of the 'XP' Start Menu A selection list from which you may choose one or more actions or objects. In Windows, the 'Start' menu is the primary list of programs installed on the PC. Another notable Windows menu is the 'context' menu; place the mouse pointer above an item, then 'right-click' to produce a menu relevant to (in the context of) the object under the pointer. . For those who have experience with earlier Windows versions, you can put the My Computer icon on your desktop; right-click To depress or 'tap' the button on the right side of the mouse. This is the 'context' or 'menu' button. When you 'right-click' an area, a context-sensitive menu will be displayed, from which you may select an action. To perform the action, press (click) the left, or 'action' mouse button. My Computer on the Start menu, then select To choose one or more objects for an action (such as copy, or format). Selected objects are distinguished by a 'darkening' of the object. To select a single object, left click it. You may perform an action on multiple items at once by 'selecting' the items, then choosing the action. For example, to 'bold' multiple characters in a document, 'select' a 'block' of characters, then click the 'bold' tool on the document processor's toolbar. 'Show on Desktop'.


The specific functions available at the 'My Computer' folder A special kind of file that acts as a marker, or container, for other files or folders. The purpose of folders is to organize files and other folders. Putting files in the proper folder is like putting the bed in the bedroom, and the toothpaste in the bathroom. Logical storage simplifies finding things later when needed. are discussed in more detail at 'My Computer Menu'. Click the link To join together. Short for 'hyperlink'. A component in a computer program or document that, when left-clicked, links or 'jumps' the user to another place in the same document or to a new document. Hyperlinks are the most important part of hypertext systems, including the World Wide Web. below to view that selection now.


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