Computer Applications: Secondary Level: Unit-3: Windows Operating System, Taskbar, Folder, Control Panel, Search Bar, Desktop Customization

3.4. Windows Operating System

In windows operating system, we can provide orders to the PC by tapping on symbols, menus and buttons by utilizing a mouse. We don’t have to recollect orders to play out any undertakings in the PC like MS-DOS.

Graphical User Interface (GUI)

With progression of innovation, PC framework has become faster and less expensive. Working climate has likewise changed. This lead the improvement of graphical UI where clients can connect with the PC utilizing picture and charts, as opposed to character and orders. It shows the symbol, buttons, discourse box and so on. Famous GUI based working framework is Microsoft Windows.
Benefits of graphical UI
  •  Ease for non-specialized individuals
  •  Simplified highlight
  •  Looks more pleasant than text interface
  •  Hotkeys use
  •  Easy to use  Disabled individuals
Burdens of graphical UI
  • Hard to create and significant expense
  • More slow than order line devices
  • Additional consideration required
  • Utilizing level screen
  • Time utilization
  • Memory assets
  • Execution

Instances of GUI

  •  Microsoft Windows, Mac OS

Distinction Between GUI And CUI

1 It is based on graphical user interface mode and instructions are given using graphical components like menu bar, toolbar etc. It is based on command user interface mode and instructions are given using characters.
2 It is graphical and user friendly and easy to learn and operate. It is more textual and less user friendly and difficult to operate and learn. User needs to memorise the commands to operate the system.
3 It consists of different components such as text box, icon, desktop, pointing devices etc. It does not consist of such different components.
4 E.g. Windows, Linux OS E.g. MS-DOS, Unix OS

Working with a Windows Environment and Windows Application Program Desktop

The desktop is the foundation shown on your PC screen. It is the absolute noticeable region on the screen which clients get following turning on the PC. Records, organizers, and program symbols can be shown on the desktop for simple admittance to clients.


On the desktop records, organizers and projects are shown on window outline. The desktop might contain numerous things like Computer, Network, Recycle Bin, User, and so on. The desktop can be altered with subjects and foundations to customize the appearance of the PC.

Begin Menu:
The beginning menu gives admittance to the most valuable things on your PC including all projects, latest archives, help and backing and different things on your PC. Present Windows incorporates more Start menu customization choices. This menu shows up by tapping on the beginning button.

Symbols are the little graphical picture utilized in GUI OS climate. It addresses the representative importance of the order, document, program, site page, and so forth. Symbols help to rapidly execute orders, open projects or records. To execute an order by utilizing a symbol, snap or double tap on the symbol. A symbol is a gathering of pictures of different organizations (size and varieties).
Windows are outlines on the desktop that contains the items in opened records, envelopes, and projects. At the end of the day, it is typically a rectangular piece of the presentation on a PC screen that presents its items (for example the items in a registry, a text record or a picture) on the screen. Windows are one of the components that include a graphical UI (GUI).
Task Bar
The taskbar shows opened documents, envelopes, and projects. At the point when various windows are open, you can tap on the document, envelope or program buttons in the taskbar to switch between windows.

Rundown Of Components Of Tasks Bar

1. Begin button
2. Speedy send off bar
3. Framework plate for certain projects
4. Time bar
For instance, all reports utilizing a similar expansion have a similar symbol. A few organizers can have a tweaked symbol applied to them. The name of record, envelope or program is shown under the symbol.
PC organizer shows generally hard plate drives and removable stockpiling gadgets associated with your PC. Double tapping on a drive or removable stockpiling gadget shows its items.
To Open The Computer Folder
1. Click on start Icon>Computer or double tap on the Computer symbol.
Records organizer gives a spot to store your documents in general. At the point when you save a report, the default save area is the Documents envelope:
To Open The Documents Folder
1. Click Start>Documents or Double-Click. 
2. Networks
3. The Networks envelope shows every one of the common assets associated with your PC by an organization.
The Networks organizer show every one of the common assets associated with your PC by an organization.
To Open The Network Folders
1. Click start>Networks or Double-click on the Networks.
Recycle Bin
At the point when you erase a program, record or envelope, it is moved to the Recycle Bin. The Recycle Bin offers you the chance of recovering your erased things later assuming you alter your perspectives. Things in the Recycle Bin actually occupy hard circle room. At the point when the Recycle Bin is full, Windows consequently clears out adequate room to oblige the most current erased things. Of course, the Recycle Bin is situated on your desktop.

To Restore Items From The Recycle Bin
1. Double tap on the Recycle Bin on the desktop. This opens the Recycle Bin windows.
2. Select the things you need to reestablish. 3. Click the Restore this thing join in the Recycle Bin Tasks region.
Naturally, the Music envelope is arranged in the Libraries organizer. At the point when you use Windows Media Player to duplicate music from a CD or download music from the Internet, the default save area is the music envelope.
To Open The Music envelope:
1. Click start>Music.
Naturally, my photos envelope is arranged in the libraries organizer. At the point when you save pictures from your advanced camera or scanner to your PC or save a record in a designs program, for example, Microsoft Paint, the default save area is the photos envelope.
To open the Pictures organizer:
1. Click start>My pictures.
2. Working with documents and organizers
Organizers on a PC give a capacity framework like envelopes in a file organizer. Organizers can contain documents and other subfolders. Windows gives various individual envelopes to begin your PC documenting framework. An organizer is regularly addressed by an envelope symbol. The organizer name is the symbol. The organizer in Windows is otherwise called a registry in DOS.
Making The Personal Folder On The Desktop
1. Right snap on the desktop.
2. Select New>folder.
3. Give the name of the envelope then press enter.
Elective Way To Create The Personal Folder
1. Click on the file>folder.
2. Give the name of the organizer then, at that point, press enter.
Working A File Or Folder
1. Double tap on the record or envelope you need to open.
2. The record or envelope is shown in a window.
To Copy Or Cut Files And Folders
1. Right snap on the record or envelope you need to duplicate or cut.
2. From the spring up menu, Select Copy or cut.
3. Open the area you maintain that the duplicated or cut thing should be put.
4. Right-click in the area.
5. From the spring up menu, select glue.
To Rename Files And Folders
1. Right-click on the document or envelope you need to rename.
2. From the spring up menu, select rename.
3. Type another name.
4. Press the Enter key on your console.
To Delete A File Or Folder Location In A Folder
1. Select the document or envelope you need to erase.
2. Right, click on the document or envelope you need to erase.
3. From the spring up menu, select Delete.
Or on the other hand
1. Select the document or envelope you need to erase.
2. Press the Delete key on your console.
Changing File And Folder Views:

To Change How The Files And Folders Within A Folder Are Viewed
1. Click the Change your Views choice.
2. Select the record and organizer view you need.
Show File And Folder Properties
Documents and envelopes have property sheets that incorporate data like the sort, size and area of record or organizer; the information of a record or envelope was made, changed or got to; document and envelope credits; the name of the program that opens a record and the quantity of documents or subfolders contained in an envelope.
To show properties for records and organizers inside an envelope window:
1. Select the document or envelope (in the envelope window) for which you need to show properties.
2. Right – click on the record or envelope for which you need to show properties.
3. From the spring up menu, select properties.
Changing Folder Options
1. Open the envelope for which you need to alter.
2. Select Organize> Folder and Search Options.
3. This opens the organizer Options discourse box.
4. Make the organizer adjustments you need 5. Click OK.
Utilizing Task Panels
Task boards give a simple method for getting to the most generally utilized organizer undertakings. The errand board shows a rundown of hyperlinked undertakings to one side of the envelope contents. A few envelopes offer extra concentrated hyperlinked undertakings. For instance, the photos and Music envelopes offer connections that assist you with dealing with your image and music documents. The reuse canister offers connects to exhaust the Recycle Bin or reestablish things from Recycle Bin. PC envelopes offer connects to see framework data, add or eliminate projects, and change framework settings.

Looking through Files/Folders Using Search Companion

Upgraded for Windows 7, the Search Companion is intended to assist you with rapidly finding what you’re searching for.
1. Click start Icon
2. Type anything you desire to look.
3. Working with a Windows Application Program
Redoing The Desktop
Of course, the Windows subject is applied whenever you first beginning Windows. A desktop subject influences the entire look of your desktop.

To Apply A Desktop Theme
1. Right snap a desktop.
2. From the spring up menu, select customize. This opens the Personalization exchange box.
3. Select a subject from the Theme choice.
To Apply A Desktop Background
1. Right snap on the Desktop.
2. From the spring up menu, select Personalize. This opens the Personalization discourse box.
3. Click the Desktop Background choice.
4. Select a foundation from Background list.
5. Click on Save Changes.
Control Panel
As you’ve perused before Control board is one of the main framework organizers, which comprise of different controlling project’s symbol to control a general situation of the Windows. Coming up next is the Sample

Date and Time
With the assistance of this choice, we can change/set our framework date and time as the need might arise.

This choice is to alter the Desktop climate.
We can set keyboard settings like its personality reiteration and cursor flickering rate, a width of the cursor.
Program and Features
This choice permits the client to do following things; Allows clients to uninstall and change existing programming bundles, as well as demonstrating how much space individual projects take and how habitually they are utilized.
1. Permits clients to physically introduce programming and introduce additional items from Windows Update.
2. Permits clients to change which Windows parts are introduced.
Administrative Tools
This choice contains instruments for framework organization, including security, execution, and administration design. These are the connections to different designs of the Microsoft Management Console, for example, the nearby administrations list and the Even Viewer.
Windows Update
This choice is utilized to indicate how the programmed refreshes client ought to download refreshes from Microsoft update site, naturally this is set to download and introduce everyday.
Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
Use easy route keys as an option in contrast to the mouse while working Windows. You can open, close and explore the Start menu, work area, menus exchange boxes and Web pages utilizing keyboard alternate ways. It makes clients use Windows simple.

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