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3. Icons

Icons are pictures representing programs.

 

Icons to open programs

Sometimes an icon will just launch the program. Launching is what it's called when a program opens.

Photoshop icon

Above is the icon to open the Photoshop program. When you double-click on this icon, Photoshop will launch.

 

Icons to open files

Photoshop shortcut icon

You may also see an icon with an arrow on it like above. This means it's a shortcut to the real file location. It will open the program in the same way.

Icons can also be found next to individual documents (files). If you see a document that has an icon for a particular program, the document will open in that program.

Photoshop file icon'

Above is an icon for a Photoshop file called "The capture.psd". When you double-click on the icon, this file will open in Photoshop.

Photoshop file icon

You might also see a file icon look like the one above.

 

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