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What is a desktop?

When you start your computer, the first thing you see is the desktop. The desktop is your work area.

Can you explain the Windows 98 desktop?

Yes. 

Desktop


Taskbar
By default, the taskbar is located on the bottom edge of the desktop. You can click on the taskbar and drag it to other locations. The Start button, active program buttons, icons for quick access to programs, and the current time are located on the taskbar.
My Computer
The My Computer icon provides access to the resources on your computer. You can access your drives and other peripherals by clicking on the My Computer icon. You can also access the Control Panel through My Computer.
Internet Explorer The Internet Explorer icon launches the Internet Explorer browser.
Network Neighborhood If you are working on a network, Network Neighborhood displays all of the computers on the network. 
The Recycle Bin When you delete an object, Windows 98 sends it to the Recycle Bin. You can restore objects that are located in the Recycle Bin or you can permanently delete them.
My Briefcase My Briefcase is used to coordinate files between two computers.
Shortcut icon Icons with an arrow in the lower left corner are shortcut icons. Click on the icon for quick access to the object they represent (program, document, printer, and so on).
Program, Folder, and Document icons Program, folder, and document icons do not have an arrow in the lower left corner. They represent the actual object and provide direct access to the object.

How do I shut down my computer?

To shut down your computer:

Start Button

  1. Click on the Start button. The Start menu will appear.
  2. Click on Shutdown. The Shut Down Windows dialog box will appear.
  3. Click on the Shut Down radio button.
  4. Click on OK.

How do I restart my computer?

To shutdown and immediately restart your computer:

  1. Click on the Start button. The Start menu will appear.
  2. Click on Shut Down. The Shut Down Windows dialog box will appear.
  3. Click on the Restart radio button.
  4. Click on OK.

What is Standby mode?

When your computer is in the Standby mode, your computer consumes less electricity but is ready for immediate use. If the computer loses electrical power while in the standby mode, any information you have not saved will be lost.

How do I put my computer in Standby mode?

To put your computer in Standby mode:

  1. Click on the Start button. The Start menu will appear.
  2. Click on Shutdown. The Shut Down Windows dialog box will appear.
  3. Click on the Stand By radio button.
  4. Click on OK.

How do I start a program?

To start a program:

  1. Click on the Start button, located in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Highlight Programs. The Program menu will appear.
  3. Move to the Program menu and highlight the program you want to start. If you see a right pointer next to your selection, a submenu will appear. Refine your choice by highlighting the appropriate selection on the submenu. Continue until you get to the final menu.
  4. Click on the program name to start the program.

How do I add an item located on my desktop to the Start or to a Program menu?

To add an item on the desktop to the Start or to a Program menu:

  1. Left-click on the item, and drag the item on top of the Start button.
  2. Release the left mouse button when the Start menu appears.
  3. The item will appear on the Start menu.
  4. If you would prefer to have the item on a Program or submenu of the Start menu, drag the item from the Start menu to the Program or submenu.

How do I add an item located in Windows Explorer to the Start or to a Program menu?

To add an item located in Windows Explorer to the Start or to a  Program menu:

  1. Click on the Start button. The Start menu will appear.
  2. Click on Settings. A submenu will appear.
  3. Click on Taskbar & Start Menu. A dialog box will appear.
  4. Click on the Start Menu Programs tab.
  5. Click on the Add button.
  6. Type the path to the item you want to add, or use Browse to navigate to the item.
  7. Click on Next.
  8. Double-click on the appropriate folder.
  9. Click on Finish.
  10. Click on OK.

How do I remove an item from the Start or from a Program menu?

To remove an item from the Start or from a Program menu:

  1. Click on the Start button. The Start menu will appear.
  2. Click on Settings. A submenu will appear.
  3. Click on Taskbar & Start Menu. A dialog box will appear.
  4. Click on the Start Menu Programs tab.
  5. Click on the Remove button.
  6. Find and click on the item you want to remove.
  7. Click on the Remove button.
  8. Click on Close.
  9. Click on OK.

How do I copy an item that is located on the Start or on a Program menu?

To copy an item located on the Start or on a Program menu:

  1. Highlight the item.
  2. Right-click.
  3. Left-click on Copy.

How do I rename an item on the Start or on a Program menu?

To rename an item on the Start or on a Program menu:

  1. Highlight the item.
  2. Right-click on the item.
  3. Click on Rename. The Rename dialog box appears.
  4. Type the new name in the field New Name

How do I delete a file from the Start or from a Program menu?

To delete a file from the Start or from a Program menu:

  1. Highlight the item.
  2. Right-click.
  3. Left-click on Delete.

How do I re-sort the Start or a Program menu?

To resort the Program menu:

  1. Go to the menu.
  2. Right-click.
  3. Click on Sort By Name.
Note: Not all menus can be re-sorted.

What is the Favorites option on the Start menu for?

You can use the Favorites option on the Start menu to quickly move to files, programs, or Web sites. When you bookmark a Web page in Internet Explorer, the bookmark is listed on the Favorites menu. To add a file or program to the Favorites menu, create a shortcut and then move the shortcut to the Favorites menu.

How do I quickly find files and folders?

To quickly find a file or folder:

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Highlight Find.
  3. Highlight Files or Folders.
  4. Press Enter. The dialog box shown here will appear. You do not need to complete every field. Only enter the criteria you want to use for your search.
Find Dialog Box


Field  Entry Type
Name & Location Tab
Named Enter the filename, the first few letters of the filename, or any letters found in the file name. Use the * as a wild card. For example, to find all of the files that begin with r and end in the extension .doc, enter r*.doc. To find files that begin with resume and have any extension, enter resume.*.
Containing Text If you are looking for a file that has a specific word or phrase in the file, enter the word or phrase in this field.
Look In Select the drive or folder you want to search.
Include Subfolders Check this box if you want subfolders to be searched
Browse Click on the Browse button to manually select the drive and folder to be searched.
Date Tab
All Files Select this option if you do not want to restrict your search to a specific date or period.
Find All Files Select from Modified, Created, or Last Accessed.  Select Modified to find all files modified since the date criteria you enter, select Created to find all files created since the date criteria you enter, or select Last Accessed to find all files accessed since the date criteria you enter.
Between/During the Previous Specify the date search criteria you want to use. Between allows you to search for files modified, created, or accessed between two dates. During allows you to search for files modified, created, or accessed during the previous number of days or months you specify.
Advanced Tab
Of  Type Select a file type from the drop-down menu.
Size Is Select from At Least and At Most and specify the size criteria you want to use in your search.
Name & Location Tab
Find Now Click on Find Now to start your search.
Stop Click on Stop to abort your search.
New Search Click on New Search to clear your present criteria and start a new search.

What is the most recently used document list?

As you work, Windows 98 tracks the last 15 files you used. It lists these files on the most recently used document list. To view the most recently used document list:

  1.  Click on Start.
  2. Highlight Documents. The most recently used documents will display.
To open a file listed on the most recently used document list, click on the file name.

How do I clear my most recently used document list?

To clear the most recently used document list:

  1. Click on the Start button. The Start menu will appear.
  2. Highlight Settings.
  3. Click on Taskbar & Start menu. A dialog box will appear.
  4. Click on the Start Menu Program tab.
  5. Click on Clear.
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