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In computing, the taskbar is a term for the application desktop bar which is used to launch and monitor applications in Microsoft Windows 95 and later operating systems. Other desktop environments also feature similar interface elements. Originally, the word computing was synonymous with counting and calculating, and a science that deals with the original sense of computing mathematical calculations. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) (HKSE: 4338) is the worlds largest software company, with 2005 global annual sales of 40 billion US dollars and more than 55,000 employees in 85 countries and regions. ... Windows 95 (codename Chicago) is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical user interface-based operating system released on August 24, 1995 by the Microsoft Corporation. ... In computing, an operating system (OS) is the system software responsible for the direct control and management of hardware and basic system operations. ... In graphical computing, a desktop environment (DE) offers a complete graphical user interface (GUI) solution to operate a computer. ...


Microsoft Windows

 U R GAY LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ In Windows, the default location for the taskbar is at the bottom of the screen, following Fitts' law, and from left to right it contains by default the Start menu, Quick Launch bar, Taskbar buttons and Notification area (popularly called the system tray[1]). 
  • The Start menu contains commands that can access programs, documents, and settings. These commands include Programs, Documents, Settings, Find, Help, Run, and Shut Down.
  • The Quick Launch bar, introduced with Internet Explorer 4, contains shortcuts to applications. Windows provides default entries, such as Internet Explorer, and the user or third-party software may add any further shortcuts that they choose. A single click on the application's icon in this area launches the application. This section may not always be present: for example it is absent by default in Windows XP, although it can be enabled.
  • The Windows Shell places a taskbar button on the taskbar whenever an application creates an unowned window: that is, a window that doesn't have a parent and that is created according to normal Windows UI guidelines. Typically all SDI applications have a single taskbar button for each open window, although modal windows may also appear there. Windows XP introduced taskbar grouping, which can group the taskbar buttons of several windows from the same application into a single button. This button pops up a menu listing all the grouped windows when clicked. This keeps the taskbar from being overcrowded when many windows are open at once.
  • The last part of the taskbar is called the notification area or system tray. It contains mainly status notifications, though some programs, (such as WinAmp), use it for minimized windows. The clock by default appears here, and applications can put icons in the notification area to indicate the status of an operation or to notify the user about an event. For example, an application might put a printer icon in the status area to show that a print job is under way, or a display driver application may provide quick access to various screen resolutions.
Shortened view of a Windows taskbar
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Shortened view of a Windows taskbar

Other toolbars may be added to the taskbar, and it can also be placed on top or at the window sides. In ergonomics, Fitts law is a principle of human movement published in 1954 by Paul Fitts which predicts the time required to move from a starting position to a final target area. ... The default Start Menu for Windows XP. The Start Menu and Start Button are user interface elements in the Microsoft Windows product line, which serve as the central launching point for applications. ... Internet Explorer, abbreviated IE or MSIE, is a proprietary web browser made by Microsoft and currently available as part of Microsoft Windows. ... Internet Explorer, abbreviated IE or MSIE, is a proprietary web browser made by Microsoft and currently available as part of Microsoft Windows. ... As of 2005, Windows XP is the current client version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... In computer science, a single document interface (sometimes called SDI) is a way to organize graphical applications into individual windows that are handled separately by the operating systems window manager. ... In user interface design, a modal window (often called modal dialog because the window is almost always used to display a dialog) is a child window created by a parent application, usually a dialog box, which has to be closed before the user can continue to operate the application. ... As of 2005, Windows XP is the current client version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... In computing, the task bar is a term for an application desktop bar which is most often used for the Windows 95 and later operating systems. ... Winamp is an audio player made by Nullsoft, part of Time Warner. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (888x30, 11 KB) Summary Shortened Windows taskbar Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (888x30, 11 KB) Summary Shortened Windows taskbar Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


Other desktop environments

Windows is not the only operating system with a taskbar: similar bars are present in various Linux desktop environments. Mac OS X's Dock is also a kind of taskbar. Tux, a cartoon penguin frequently featured sitting, is the official Linux mascot. ... Mac OS X (pronounced Mac OS Ten) is an operating system designed and developed by Apple Computer for use on their current line of Macintosh computers. ... Mac OS X Dock Window Maker dock, similar to the NeXTSTEP dock The Dock is a graphical user interface feature first introduced in the NeXTSTEP and OPENSTEP operating systems, and radically changed and refined in Mac OS X, where it has gained the behaviour of Newtons Newton OS Dock. ...


In various KDE distributions, the taskbar is run by the kpanel program, and consists of two parts: the panel and the taskbar. The panel is a control bar across the bottom of the screen, which is used to find and launch applications and navigate among windows and desktops. It contains the menu, which is comparable to the Windows start menu; the disk navigator, which allows access to the file system by menus (a similar thing can be done in Windows); and the desktop pager, which changes between desktops. The last item is not possible in Windows by default. As with the Windows 'Quick Launch bar', additional buttons can be added to the KDE panel, to quickly open applications, directories, and URLs. The second part is the taskbar, which runs across the top of the screen and helps keep track of running applications. This is similar to the 'Taskbar buttons' area of the Windows taskbar. KDE (K Desktop Environment) is a free desktop environment and development platform built with Trolltechs Qt toolkit. ...


Notes

  1. ^ The notification area is sometimes referred to as the "system tray" or "systray". Some people consider this to be an incorrect term. For more information, refer to Windows developer Raymond Chen's "Why do some people call the taskbar the 'tray'?".

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Taskbar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (617 words)
In computing, the taskbar is a term for the application desktop bar which is used to launch and monitor applications in Microsoft Windows 95 and later operating systems.
The Windows Shell places a button on the taskbar whenever an application creates an unowned window: that is, a window that doesn't have a parent and that is created according to normal Windows UI guidelines.
In various KDE distributions, the taskbar is run by the kpanel program, and consists of two parts: the panel and the taskbar.
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