Windows 10 Desktop Basic Configuration

The Windows 10 Desktop consists of several features:
(1) The Picture which is called Wallpaper or Background.
(2) The ICONs which are shortcuts to Programs, Folders or Files.
(3) The Taskbar at the very bottom of the screen.

The TASKBAR along the bottom of the screen is unassuming, but there is actually a lot going on down there. Starting from the Left there is the
(2) Search
(3) Cortana
(4) Task View
(5) File Explorer and Pinned Programs such as the Edge Browser and Active Programs.
Then over on the Right side of the Task Bar is
(6) Overflow (a small upwards facing arrow)
(7) One Drive
(8) Power Status (for Laptops)
(9) Network Status
(10) Volume Control
(11) Language selection
(12) Time and Date
(13) Notifications.
Each of these will be explained in detail.




Left Click on Start to open the Start Menu. This Menu Contains Links to Power, Settings, User Account Settings, a complete list of installed programs and Live Tiles for various programs.


Right Click on Start and you will see a pop up Menu:


The Live Tiles on the right of the start menu can be moved around and put beneath custom subheadings for easy access. Clicking them will open up Windows programs, but often they're animated so you can see what's new and relevant at a glance.

Right Click on a Live Tile and there are options to UN-Pin the Tile from the Start Menu or to resize the Tile plus other options.

Unpinning a tile from the start menu does not uninstall the program. There are other options for Uninstall


To Pin a Tile to the start menu, find the progrm in the list on the left and right click on it and select Pin to Start. There are more options like Pin to Taskbar.




Search can be either an ICON or a Search Box. Right Click on the Task Bar to set your preference.



An intelligent personal assistant that can help you set reminders, perform searches, answer questions, recognize music, and launch apps using voice or text commands. If you speak a question, Cortana typically speaks the answer. If you type a question, Cortana answers with a text response. Cortana (if you let her) can learn about you, your interests and habits, locations you often visit, and other information to simplify your work or personal life. For example, Cortana can search for and detect flight schedules in your e-mails and add the information to your calendar for you, or identify tracking information in e-mails to keep you up-to-date on whether your online orders are in transit or still sitting in the seller’s warehouse.

Task View

Experienced Windows users are familiar with the Alt+Tab feature in Windows, which enables you to switch between running applications. The Task View is a similar feature that is available from the Taskbar, both in desktop mode and Tablet Mode. Clicking or tapping the Task View icon in the Taskbar displays a filmstrip of the running apps. You can then click or tap an app to make it active and bring it to the foreground. You can also close apps from the Task View by first highlighting an app and then clicking or tapping the close button in the upper right of the app’s tile. Task View ICON can be hidden if you don't use it.


Short Cut ICONs to your favorite programs. An open program will be underlined in blue.

Notification Area (right side of Task Bar)


One Drive

Network Status

Power Status for Laptops

Volume Control

Language Selection

Date and Time


This Page last Updated/Reviewed: 19 June 2020

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