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Computer Help Archive Windows Icons & Task bar Explained

"What is an ICON? Where is the taskbar?"



Windows ICONS

Definition :: An icon is a small picture or symbol on a computer graphical user interface (GUI) that represents a program (or command), file, directory (also called a folder) or device (such as a hard disk or floppy). The term comes from the Greek word eikon, which means likeness, image or portrait.

Sample ICON for Video Graphics


Sample ICON for Sound and Audio Controls

Sample ICON for Communication and Faxing

You will see all sorts of different ICON's for programs and other windows activities.

The Taskbar

At the bottom of the desktop you find the taskbar. Which is the control center for your operating system.







the most important piece of software Locate the " Start Button " this is where you start a number of applications in windows.

the most important piece of software One " Window Button appears " for each open or current;y running program. You can switch between programs by clicking on these buttons.

the most important piece of software System tray displays the time & Date plus ICONS of the programs that are currently running but not in an active window. Your anti-virus software ICON will be located in the system tray.

How do I resize the Taskbar ?

The taskbar is not stuck on the bottom of your screen. You may move it to the top the sides, make it thin as spaghetti or as big as your screen.

1) To resize the taskbar move your mouse cursor to the top edge of the taskbar. When the mouse is in the correct position, the cursor should change to an arrow pointing up and down. When the cursor is in this shape, click and hold the mouse button and move the taskbar up or down, increasing or decreasing the size of the taskbar.

2) If you would like to lock your taskbar in one place :: Right click on the taskbar in the "Empty Space" and select "LOCK TASKBAR" this will prevent your taskbar from moving around on you.

I've lost my Windows Taskbar how do I get it back ?

This is caused by either the Taskbar being on Auto hide or the computer user accidentally hiding the taskbar by dragging it down too far.

Verify Auto hide is not activated by following the below steps.

1 )Press CTRL + ESC or your Windows key to make Start menu appear.

2) Click Control Panel and choose Taskbar & Start menu

3) Verify that Auto Hide is not checked.



4) If Auto Hide is not enabled move the task bar up by following the below steps.

Press CTRL + ESC or your Windows key to make Start menu appear. Try to notice where the Start menu appeared; generally, it should be the bottom left corner. Press ESC.

You should now notice a small gray line at the location of where the start was. Move the mouse over that gray line, when in the appropriate position your mouse cursor should change. Once the mouse cursor changes, click and hold the mouse button and move the bar up.

My Taskbar moved to the left, top, or right side of the screen

It is common for users to mistakenly move their taskbar to the left, top, or right side of the screen while working on their computer. If you wish to return the taskbar to the default position (the bottom of the screen), follow the below steps.

How to move the taskbar

Moving the taskbar is simple once you understand the basic steps involved.

To move the taskbar, move your mouse cursor to where the " time " is currently displayed on the taskbar. Once your mouse cursor is over the time, click and hold the mouse button down, and while holding the mouse button down, move your cursor to the middle edge of where you want the taskbar to be. For example, if you wish to return the taskbar back to its original position, move the cursor to the bottom center of the screen. When the taskbar has moved to its new location, release the button.


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