My Computer Menu

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. 'My Computer' on the Desktop (Windows 95 through ME).


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' ' 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. allows access to the items shown here (versions prior to 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. XP). The available items 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. may differ slightly from these, or you may have additional selections, depending upon the configuration of the PC (how many hard drives, CD-ROMs, etc. are attached). Standard items include:



Drives Menu

Maintenance and information on your available drives is available by right-clicking the desired drive, then selecting '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.'.


Control Panel

Control Panel can also be accessed by clicking its own icon, or from the 'Start menu' 'Settings' item.


Dial-Up Networking

Allows you to configure connections to the Internet A combination of all the computers that are 'connected' through phone lines or other transmission types. Also called the world-wide-web (www), because a graphical representation of all the connections might look like a spider-web covering the surface of the earth. through a telephone line.


Printer Setup

Allows you to add printers, and find information for maintenance of those already installed.


Windows XP Notes

Dial-Up Networking is no longer a part of ' My Computer '; instead, open the 'Network Connections' icon A very small pictorial representation of an item or function. For instance, if you wish to 'cut' To shear-off or remove. Files or other selected objects may be 'cut' to the 'clipboard', removing them from a current location, and 'pasting' to another storage or file location. The wording above, 'selected objects', may mean a 'block' of text, or an entire group of files or folders. Keyboard command = 'CTRL+X'. an item from a document, A user-created computer file. The word 'document' is often misunderstood as being limited to a form of letter. In fact, a document, as the term is used in computers today, can be an image file, or sound file, as well as a text-based can even be a file that combines images, sound, and text. This combination file would be known as a 'multi-media' 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 c Also called an 'application'. A 'program' creates, displays, or calculates the input of the program user. Each program is displayed in its own 'window', a separately bordered area of the computer screen. Programs generally fall into two groups, an 'application program', or a 'system program'.licking the program icon on the desktop. on 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..


The Printers' icon is now longer on My Computer; instead, go to Control Panel and 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. 'Printers' there.


'My Computer' is now available directly from the 'Start Menu ', and may or may not be included on your 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, w Generally, the implements we use to complete a specific task. In Windows, tools are represented by icons (tiny pictures) which act as shortcuts to the programs or functions that we call 'tools'. Tools are found on a 'toolbar' for easy access. Each TYPE of task has its own tools. For instance, a graphics-editor has tools to 'draw', 'color', or 'crop', a picture - while a spreadsheet will contain tools to 'multiply', 'sum', or 'graph' numerical you put the most-used tools, ready when needed. 2) A non-portable computer, as opposed to a 'lap 1) To present or show, as in 'to display the contents of a folder', or perhaps a picture. Or... 2) The overall 'look-and-feel' of the computer 'Desktop', including fonts, icons, colors, pictures, and more. Or... 3) May also be used to describe the attached monitor, or monitor settings, as in 'My display is a 17" Sony'.top' computer. as an icon (if not, it can be added by right-clicking the Start Menu item, and selecting 'Show on Desktop' from the 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. menu).



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