The Teaching Guide
Windows Specific Stuff
Macintosh Specific Stuff
Some Philosophical Matters

Introduction
Using the Mouse
Icons
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The Desktop Metaphor
Menus and Their Use
Dialog Boxes and Saving and Opening Files
Switching Between and Opening Applications

Kinds of Files
Folders
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Editing Text
Powering On Your Computer
Shutting Down and Crash Recovery
Getting More Help
Shortcuts and Aliases
Deleting Files
Finding Files and Folders
Terminology


Quiz Number One
Quiz Number Two
Quiz Number Three
Crossword Puzzle
Word Search


 

Computer Basics
All About The Desktop Metaphor


Concept #1: The Desktop Metaphor

The "desktop" in Windows or Mac was built to be used as if it were the top of your desk
  • File Cabinet = The Hard Drive
    • The hard drive (and other kinds of storage media like floppy disks) store files and folder.
  • Folders = Folders
    • Folders (also known as directories or sub-directories) allow you to organized files and other folders.
  • Documents = Documents
    • These are files you create and edit.
  • Trash or Recycle Bin = Trash
    • This is where you put files and folders that you want to delete or get rid of.
Both the Mac and Windows use the Desktop metaphor. click on the links before for the kind of computer you want to know more about.

The Mac Desktop

The Windows 95/98 Desktop

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