NHS Designs
Basic Computer Skills Windows XP

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6. Using the Taskbar

Across the bottom of your screen is the taskbar.

taskbar

The taskbar shows you all the programs you currently have open. In the image above, you can tell that I have Firefox, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Windows Explorer open. Each program is open in a separate window.

You can easily switch between open programs or windows by clicking on the button in the taskbar for the program you want.

Exercise

  1. Leave My Documents open. Open Adobe Design Standard CS3 again.
  2. If you can't see the icon for the Adobe folder, you'll need to move My Documents over. Do this by clicking and dragging the top blue bar for My Documents to the right. Grab the blue bar right in the middle, not near the buttons. This blue bar is called the title bar.
  3. Now that you have two windows open, switch between them by clicking on the buttons on the taskbar.
  4. See what happens when you click on the same taskbar button twice in a row.
  5. Keep both windows open.

 

Next: 7. Arranging windows on your screen

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