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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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Familiar Territory: The Desktop

The Start screen represents the main floor of the Windows house, but there’s a second floor that lets you get your work (or play, or whatever) done. It’s called the desktop, and you get there by clicking the Desktop tile in the Start screen. (If you haven’t the foggiest idea what “clicking” is, see Basic Mouse Maneuvers, later in this chapter.)

This gets you face-to-face with the Desktop app, shown in Figure 1.3, which I divide into two sections: the desktop itself and the taskbar.

Figure 1.3: The Windows 8 Desktop app.

The Desktop

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